Siren was able to get on the couch herself at about 11 weeks but she had to climb rather than jump. She will be 15 weeks tomorrow and has been jumping on the couch for about 2 weeks. Luckily she does NOT jump off. She "slithers" off like a snake.
No, I have been given the same advice and it's been recommended in many threads here. I think the general rule is not to let them jump greater than their heights. Our house is nothing but stairs, one story in front, three in back to the backyard where the play and potty areas are. Lance was climbing the stairs the first day home and hops up them without issue. But he always gets carried down at the moment. I'm thinking of trying to teach some contact/target work to teach him to slow down at the bottom instead of launching off like his big sister now does.Originally Posted By: bsinghVAI think we may be in the minority. When we first got Elmo, the breeder and my husband's parents (they have always had shepherds) told us to not let him jump too much while he was small. When we got him, he was about 11 weeks old. We spent a few weeks carrying him up and down the stairs until he got too heavy. My husband used to pick Elmo up and put him in the bed sometimes. Then, we would pick him up and take him down. We're probably on the ultra-conservative side when it comes to protecting the joints when you have a puppy.