Belle will climb up to the third step and stretch for the treat on the top step (4 steps). She refuses to go any further and won't get onto the bed...which she loves to be on. Haven't even tried having her go down the stairs yet. It's been several weeks and she'd give up the treat rather than going all the way up the stairs. We make a big deal out of her progress and she jumps around and seems happy after being priased. Then she finds a place to mess the carpet. Something she hasn't done since soon after bringing her home. Any suggestions? Thank you.
Hello, sometimes the transition between the last stair and the landing area (in this case, the bed) is rather daunting. See if any of these stair tips help: https://wagwalking.com/training/go-upstairs The Do's and Don'ts Method. As well, there are several tips here for older dogs: https://wagwalking.com/training/use-bed-stairs. Is she refuses to learn or struggles to learn, she is small enough to be placed on the bed. For other times of the day, buy Belle a comfortable bed for the floor. As for the messing on the carpet after the stair attempts, she may be stressed about it, causing her to forget bladder control. After a practice session, take her straight outside without giving her time to do anything inside. She should stop this new habit as soon as she masters the stairs. In the meantime, use an enzymatic cleaner - it's the only thing to remove the smell entirely. Good luck!
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Will do outside stairs (4) but now (old age, arthritis, ACL surgery 4 yrs ago) but will not jump into car anymore. Bought stair steps (2 risers) and want to tead him to use them to get to his previous favorite chair. Refuses to use them even with treats. Needs to go in car occasionally to vet. 93 lbs- I can't lift him.
Thank you for the question. The fact that Tank uses the outside stairs makes me think that perhaps they are wider and he feels more comfortable with that. Or, do the risers have an opening underneath (open stairs) that Tank can see in between and perhaps that makes him nervous? Offer him a treat he cannot refuse (like bits of boiled chicken) and see if that does the trick. Otherwise, I think you may have to try a ramp; you can get lightweight foldable ones that are easy for you to transport and carry. There are various types such as this: https://www.petgearinc.com/product_info.asp?id=629. Maybe your vet can recommend a harness that you can use in tandem. They may even have a mobile vet to recommend. All the best to you and Tank!
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No success yet in climbing steps to my bed. She will not use the steps and since I got a new bed frame and mattress it is very difficult for her to jump, hence steps. I even tried to ignore her when she barks to come up. No good. So, even though she is older she is a "trainable dog" and very smart. I am going to attempt the "lure with treat" plan. One questions, why is a dog intimidated using the steps?