My dog has been able to do the stairs just fine until recent.. now she can do do but will not go back up.. how can I solve this issue?
Hello Mikal, I actually suggest a trip to your vet to see if she's in pain from something like arthritis or muscle degeneration (I am not a vet). Since pup has done stairs all of her life, her inability to navigate them now is likely related to age and being in pain while climbing them or feeling too weak to navigate them and thus being afraid of falling, especially if she has already fallen or slipped on them recently. See if there is anything that can be addressed or improved with your vet. After that's taken care of or if there seems to be no issue, then work on making the stairs feel safe and comfortable for up again. I suggest purchasing a doggie assist harness that you can hold onto to help stabilize pup going up and down the stairs. Once pup feels more secure if your help, use something like a spoon dipped in peanut butter or soft cheese, let pup have a lick every time they take a step forward on the stairs until they make it all the way up or down. Practice this until pup feels confident going up the stairs while you hold the handle of the harness to give them extra support, even without the treat. Make sure any peanut butter you use does NOT contain xylitol - the sweetener Xylitol is deadly to dogs. Harness examples - look for one that has a handle, is padded, and will fit your dog's body build: https://ruffwear.com/products/web-master-harness https://lessonsfromaparalyzeddog.com/my-5-favorite-harnesses-for-handicapped-dogs/ https://www.orvis.com/p/dog-lift/2H9Z?item_code=2H9Z0953&adv=127748&cm_mmc=plas-_-Dogs-_-2H9Z-_-127748&gclid=CjwKCAjw29vsBRAuEiwA9s-0B7xgG4qohn0Rt4Mvp8hVYzMqxkSCL8x0ueO6ydcDg4Z-j6xyYlg0rhoCBZUQAvD_BwE Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Hello. We live in a 2nd floor flat and cannot get our rescue greyhound to attempt the stairs! We have tried the harness and the treat method and neither work - she just freezes! She did manage to do them completely competently on the second day after we got her and then decided to stop again on the 3rd day and won’t go near them since.
We’ve reverted to carrying her up and down but this is not ideal! We have had her a week and would just like an opinion on what we could do next!
(There are some outside stone steps (about6) that she barely even notices are there when we walk that way and flies up and down them so I don’t think it’s a physical problem)
Hello Paige, Stairs are a common struggle for rescued greyhounds who used to race because they rarely encounter them during their early lives many times, and with their bone structure they can already be prone to feeling unsteady on things like stairs. I recommend finding some stairs that are in between the ones outside she doesn't mind and your stairs, in height and appearance and practicing on those first. When she can navigate those stairs, go back to practicing on your stairs. Practice going up the stairs before you practice going down, to help her gain confidence with them first. Going down tends to feel more scary and less secure for many dogs, so building confidence with going up and carrying down can also help pup make progress. If you worked with a foster rescue I would also ask for their advice since they are probably very used to this issue with this particular breed and their history, since it's a common issue in these situations. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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