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Post by Neilb on Sat Feb 03 2018, 13:26

Hi got a nearly 9 week old puppy who likes climbing the stairs is this OK at his age or will can it cause problems to his joints ?
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Nifty staffy on Sat Feb 03 2018, 17:34

No stairs before 6 months at very earliest !
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Nifty staffy on Sat Feb 03 2018, 17:39

Here’s a rough guide, in french.
https://www.deshurons.fr/s/cc_images/teaserbox_2473742674.jpg?t=1486831101
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Neilb on Sat Feb 03 2018, 17:43

Thanks for that. Didn't realise. He's a bugger for going up the stairs have to gate it off
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Nifty staffy on Sat Feb 03 2018, 18:16

Definitely, it's in his best interest for the long term !

Imagine if he should slip and tumble down the stairs Surprised
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Neilb on Sat Feb 03 2018, 18:33

We are behind him most of the time but he is a little escape artist. He sleeps in our bedroom in his own bed did it with last dog , all be it we did rehome her at 10 mths old so wasnt a pup, so.he is going up stairs with us at night
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by LizP on Sat Feb 03 2018, 18:50

Here's a different take on it...

https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/rules-about-pups-not-climbing-stairs-and-running-ect.141504/

Having recently discovered that the 'rule' about not feeding raw and kibble together is a myth, I'm open to questioning other 'rules'. I have only had two puppies in a house with stairs and have taught both how to deal with them sensibly when they were young. Mung, a retriever, had a heap of other genetic problems but his hips were never an issue.

My gut feeling is that a wild or feral animal would learn to climb and that evolution would have weeded out a species inherent inability to do so without causing long term damage. Genetic problems are a different matter, of course. So I wouldn't have a hard and fast rule. I would say a little, carefully, shouldn't be a problem but I wouldn't let an uncoordinated youngster with growing bones hurtle up and down stairs, more for fear of immediate injury.


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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Neilb on Sat Feb 03 2018, 18:56

Thanks Liz. Yeh is only been the odd occasin he has escaped and made it up stairs on his own her seems to have a taste for the bathmat lol. Rest of time it has been supervised at bedtime. By the way he will.not come down stairs he just sits on landing crying which isn't a bad thing cause I'd more worried about him coming down the stairs
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by gillybrent on Sat Feb 03 2018, 21:44

Stairs are dangerous for a pup, same as they are for a child.

However, if you are supervising and protecting, going up stairs isn't too much of a problem. Going downstairs, however, is a bit more difficult. Encouraging your pup to learn how to negotiate stairs is very important, but they should not be allowed to go quickly downstairs as it's too much impact on the growing tendons/muscles. The Stafford, for its size, is very heavy boned & high impact exercise such as running downstairs & jumping for things should be discouraged. Gently encouraging a dog to go downstairs slowly & safely should be okay.

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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Neilb on Sat Feb 03 2018, 21:51

Thanks for great advice Gilly
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Jnestie84 on Sun Feb 04 2018, 08:42

Hi welcome along. We live in an upstairs flat so Gus had to learn the stairs early on. We always supervised and put a baby gate at the top of the stairs.


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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Neilb on Sun Feb 04 2018, 09:32

Thanks for the advice James Smile
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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by -Ian- on Sun Feb 04 2018, 11:47

I agree that going up shouldn't be a problem whilst Young provided it's supervised so no accidents can happen. Coming down however is a whole different ball game. I would wait until older for that task just so he becomes stronger.

I have a 12 year old who seems to think she can barrel down stairs and magically stop before hitting the wall Rolling Eyes which of course she can't so we now supervise that just to stop any injury.


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Re: Puupy and stairs

Post by Neilb on Sun Feb 04 2018, 13:08

Well at the minute the coming down bit is thankfully too daunting even for him just crys on landing lol.
Yeh Missy used to fly down stairs you couldn't see her legs moving and perform a 45 degree turn at the bottom all at 100 mph lol
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