6 Tips if Your Dog Hates the Stairs

When your dog doesn’t have stairs experience you will struggle to make him use the stairs. Some breeders at times train dogs on how to use stairs before selling them.

If you are unlucky you will end up with a dog with no training at all. You can easily tell when a dog is not comfortable with the stairs by how he reacts when using the stairs. Dogs don’t require reasons to fear something.

If they are not familiar with something, they will develop some level of resentment. Living in a house with stairs with such a dog can be very stressful. You won’t carry your dog up the stairs all the time. Sometimes you are tired of he is too heavy.

With some help, you will realize your dog will begin to familiarize using stairs. Here is what you should do to make your dog use stairs.

Involve an animal behaviorist

While all you require is the lifting of your leg from stair to stair, dogs have paws. Going up the stairs for a dog might be difficult because of paw placement. If you are great at research, you can always use books and video tutorials to teach your dog paw placement.

However, if you don’t have the time and patience which goes into research. Then calling an animal behaviorist is your next solution. With the experience such professionals have, your dog will learn how to place their paws when walking up the stairs.

At times even the material on the stairs can make teaching challenging. However, once your dog grasps the basics of paw placement, he will easily go up the stairs by himself.

Lure your dog with treats

Walk towards the staircase with your dog and place a treat on each stair step. The dog will try to get to the treat. The struggle to reach the treat will have him move a step higher or lower depending on where your training begins.

If you begin from upstairs-downstairs, place the treat on the staircase below and let him get the treat. Once he gets to the stair-step, keeping moving downwards while you place treats. The treat can even be his favorite ball.

Not necessarily snacks or food. Also as he moves from one staircase to the next you can praise him. Dogs love praises, the more you praise him the more he gets the motivation to keep on.

Eventually, you will have done the entire staircase. If your dog associates treats with using the stairs, he will get the motivation to use the stairs often.

Repeat the up and down staircase movement

For dogs, repetition of actions creates familiarity or habit. Don’t do a round of a staircase and sit. You are going to feel tired but remember the long term goal.

Once your dog gets to use the stairs by himself, you won’t have to worry anymore. Therefore keep going up and down the staircase.

Introduce better treats, probably what your dog loves the most. Make him feel as if each step he makes deserves higher gifting. If your dog is a puppy, you will realize learning is faster for him. Older dogs take some time but eventually they get to learn and you can take a breather.

Don’t be in a hurry, have patience

The patience you have with your dog depends on how fast he will learn. Also, your patience will determine how successful the training exercise will be. For your dog to learn in the best way possible, let him take one step at a time.

If you realize he didn’t get a step right, you can go back to the stair. Once he gets the movement right, he probably won’t get the step wrong next time. Don’t show your dog irritability when he makes a mistake.

Also don’t shout, when you shout the dog might panic. Act cool and exercise patience. Soon enough your dog will be moving up and down like he has been doing so for eternity.

Remember if you have a heavier dog, he might take time. Be ready for the whole experience. At the end of the day, you will realize the results.

Create better surfaces

The is a possibility your dog does not hate the stairs but the surface. If he gets to slide whenever he walks he will be afraid. If you can, carpet your staircase.

Dogs can move with ease on carpets because of traction. Their paws can have a better grip on a carpet hence ease of movement. Stairs with tiles will have him moving funnily hence the fear of slipping.

If you live in an apartment, however, having a carpet on the entire staircase is not an expense you want to incur. With the availability of moisturizers for dog paws, you can help your dog achieve the right paws for the stairs.

Clip the nails of your dog and also cut the fur around the paws. By doing so, you will be creating healthy paws for your dog. When a dog is comfortable with his paws touching on the staircase surface. You don’t have to even struggle to have him use the stairs.

Even if your apartment has an elevator, training your dog is a savior for the days the elevator is dead. Also walking up and down the stairs is a good exercise for your dog.

Use another dog to help your dog learn

If you don’t have another dog, your friend probably has. Invite him or her over and ask them to come with their dogs. Make the new dog use the stairs.

Once your dog notices the other dog moving up and down the stairs he will feel the urge to do so. They might even make the stairs their playing ground for the meantime.

Having your dog watch the new dog use stairs will teach him tactics he has never known. If usually, he is scared of taking some steps, for example, you will note he will start trying.

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