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Old 08-08-2010, 09:59 AM
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Ok so after someone posted there chi was scare of the stairs I thought it was about time daisy came down them alone I've always carried her down in te morning and when we've gone up I followed advice and put a treat on every step!!

Omg my dog is petrified I even put her down a step and she shook like mad daisy is so laid back doesn't care about anything but uhoh I caused a fear I'm really annoyed with myself

Here's a video It didn't work so I put her on two steps up and we've been sitting here for 10 minutes and she's whining she never whines

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Help please I also tried putting her harness and leash on and just walking down with her lol she put the breaks on
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:20 AM
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nawww poor Daisy , maybe try starting her at the bottom of the stairs (2 stairs up) and slowly move up 2 stairs at a time once she is happy to go down the first 2 .
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:31 AM
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I tried this she sat there and whined and whined she came down one step I'm gonna try at my parents tonight because their stairs are deeper than mine I feel awful when she was a baby I didn't want her falling as they were so steep
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Oh poor daisy,Cesar millan did a poor dog that was terrified of stairs last week,he just pulled and pulled, till it went up,it was horrible to watch.I would just have a rest then maybe put a fav toy on the first step or treat,and leave it there,for her to get herself even for a few days,then if she gets it put it on the next step up.I'm sure she will do it eventually,my sheltie had trouble then one day he just followed me up.Good luck
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I too was gonna sugget starting at the bottom of the stairs, being at the top is extremely daunting when she is soooooo high up.

Have you laid down at the top of the stairs head first.. I have and even to me it looks scary.

When I taught Jake I started one step at a time form the bottom, he very quickly learnt it wasn't too scary. Now he runs up and down all of the time.

By the way she is so cute, her expressions are adorable and she is trying so hard...
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I'm gonna try at my parents theirs aren't so steep nor so narrow so she may feel safer

She's such an angel never moans about anything she actually moaned two steps up hahjaha I sat at the bottom poor baby I'll keep trying lol it's hard carrying her in a sling. And helping abs down too lol
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On impules I decided to see what Red would do, he is 4 months old and never even seen stairs until he came to mine.

So I carried him upstairs to see OH joined by Jake.

then when it came to coming back down I sat on the second step from the top.. yes the top.. I sat in a position though so that Red couldn't see the rest of the stairs soas not to scare him and..................................

He came down every step with no hesitation.. wow Red has such bravery... I was gobsmacked.. it took Jake a few attempts and I had to start at the bottom of the stairs.

With Red we did one step, gots loads of praise then done another step and carried on this way till we reached the bottom.

I never used any treats just my voice and lots of praise.
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Jazz was freaked out by stairs too. It took a little work to get her to go up and down without a problem. This is probably going to sound strange, but I have the same approach with my dogs as I had with my kids when they were little......consistency. If I want my dogs to do something, I do whatever to make sure it's done. And getting Jazz to do the stairs was no different. When she balked, I did treats which didn't do anything, so very gently step by step I just made her little body step down by holding her front legs and putting them on the lower step, then moving her back legs to the same step, then treating and praising like crazy. It was a long, slow process every time, but I did it once or twice a day. IIRC it took about a week before she was going up and down the stairs without a problem.

Oh, and by the way? You are NOT a bad chi owner!
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