Tackling the staircase can be quite scary. This is especially true if you are just a little puppy. This task might look a lot like standing at the top of a mountain thinking if you take a step forward you were going to tumble head over toe all the way down. So you might try things like lying on your stomach and sliding down to avoid tumbling. Or you may not try it at all.
This is how your puppy feels standing at the top of your staircase or even the top step of a three-step porch. You can teach your dog how to walk down the steps. There are bonus opportunities that come with training your dog to do something like walk down steps. Not only do you know he is safe and sound and knows how to do this task, but he also earns a little of your trust each time you help him succeed with the tasks such as this.
Training a dog to walk down the steps is helpful when he is tall enough to land one step at a time without falling over. Offering your dog treats is going to help encourage him while also building the trust your dog has with you. This is going to take some time and some practice. You may want to start on steps that are low such as steps walking up to a patio or into your home from outside rather than a tall staircase. If you only have a tall staircase to work on, start on the first few steps just a couple of steps up, so if your dog falls he doesn't have very far to go. Always position yourself in front of your dog. In the event he falls, you can catch him.
You’ll need a few steps, some hardcover books if you try the book method, and some tasty treats to reward and entice your young dog to walk down the steps. Have patience and take this training slowly. Your puppy will grow a bit over the course of the training, and you’ll both be amazed at how much easier this task will be with a little growth.