View Full Version : Stair Training for Dogs

July 12th, 2008, 11:57 PM
Here's the best dog news item I found tonight- an article on helping a puppy overcome his fear of the stairs. The information is good and well thought out:


July 13th, 2008, 09:51 AM
Great article. I especially liked that it pointed out the importance of ruling out health problems that might make it uncomfortable for the dog to use the stairs before beginning the training. I see this problem a lot in puppies and adult dogs... sometimes they're scared to go up, sometimes they're scared to go down, sometimes both!

I had one client who had a dog that had never gone upstairs in the 8 years they had her because she was so scared of the stairs! Once we got her to go up, she was wagging her tail and sniffing around like crazy... I'm sure she spent the entire 8 years wondering what the heck was up there!! :laugh: