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!
Last edited by Tink; 08-08-2010 at 01:08 PM.