For now you've been carrying him up and down, but you're beginning to get suspicious that he's enjoying this too much and given up all attempts to conquer the stairs for himself. Since it's not always convenient to carry him and armfuls of laundry, it's time to teach him to climb up on his own.
Despite our familiarity with stairs (literally, taking them in our stride) they pose a challenge of Olympic proportions to a small dog. With this in mind, it's essential to foster a 'can-do' attitude in the dog's mind, by using praise and encouragement when he makes moves in the right direction. For a dog that's fearful of stairs, this can mean something as basic as praising him for approaching the stairs.
Take things slowly and ensure the dog has mastered each part of the process before moving onwards (and upwards!)
To teach a dog to climb stairs you will need: