Difficulty with Stairs

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johnnyc
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Difficulty with Stairs

Postby johnnyc » Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:02 pm

Hello Sheltie Planet,

My 8 month old sheltie hates stairs! She is afraid going down and especially going up. I am wondering what tricks you guys used to desensitize your pups to stairs. I am trying to find carpeted stairs to make it easier for her to go up and down at least for training.

Thanks!

Sadie
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Anto
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Re: Difficulty with Stairs

Postby Anto » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:36 am

Hello Johnny :) yes i think carpeting the stairs will help. You can try and sit on the step yourself then also, and call pup to you with a treat. Perhaps don't try to do too many at once - literally baby-steps :D
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Re: Difficulty with Stairs

Postby Arkie » Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:48 pm

Our sheltie, Arkie, now 2 1/2 will go up or down one or two steps on his own but that's it. He won't get up on furniture either although he will jump down if we put him on the bed or in the car. But when he's on the leash he will go anywhere including up and down long stairways, excalaters, ramps, docks and elevators. He gets on and off boats. I suspect it's because I worked him a lot on the leash while he was a pup and I was socializing him.
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Re: Difficulty with Stairs

Postby Kaylac » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:48 pm

Hi my sheltie 10 weeks doesn’t like stairs either as treats don’t help. I’ve started using a clicker each time she goes up and down a stair and rewarding her with positive reinforcement afterwards. It’s worked a little. The big long stairs are a little more difficult
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Re: Difficulty with Stairs

Postby johnnyc » Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:58 am

Update

Sadie is now much better at stairs. We were able to use positive training to get her more adjusted to stairs. We would start by finding small 2-3 stair steps on our daily walks until she got the muscle memory to attack larger stair cases. Additionally we would walk her with other dogs who were not afraid of stairs and she would follow them.

Good luck with training. Next puppy we have we will definitely work on exposing to stairs at a younger age so she can learn to use her body appropriately!
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Re: Difficulty with Stairs

Postby Hanne » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:33 pm

You must remember that a dog should not go on stairs for the first ½ year, it is important that their legs are not overloaded.

I carried Minnie down the stairs until she was almost a year, so she thought she was too big for that kind of thing :D
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Re: Difficulty with Stairs

Postby Anto » Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:37 am

well done, Johnny - that was a great idea :)

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