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Post by valiant87 on Tue Jul 21 2015, 20:28

As the title says little Mia still won't even try walking downstairs and she is coming up to 7months old. Can anyone give me advice on how to overcome this problem as she's getting quite heavy now to carry down. We have tried placing treats down on each step but still no joy.
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Post by -Ian- on Tue Jul 21 2015, 20:53

Hmmm awkward one, have you tried placing her a few steps from the bottom and seeing what happens Andy ? If she climbs down the last few you could then try a little further up and so on Smile


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Post by Jenc on Tue Jul 21 2015, 21:04

What treats are you using? I would try small pieces of cheese that makes most dogs do anything Big Grin


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Post by valiant87 on Tue Jul 21 2015, 21:27

Yes Ian tried few steps up she just jumps down or runs upstairs haha, not tried cheese but i have tried ham which she loves
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Post by JStaff on Tue Jul 21 2015, 21:29

Have you tried one step from the bottom and calling her and then give a treat. Then go up to two steps and repeat the cycle up to the top?


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Post by -Ian- on Tue Jul 21 2015, 21:35

valiant87 wrote:Yes Ian tried few steps up she just jumps down or runs upstairs haha, not tried cheese but i have tried ham which she loves

Ok obvious reply.... Take her higher Laughing


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Post by Mia05 on Tue Jul 21 2015, 22:08

do one step take her down fter she does 2 steps take her back down then when she gets to the 3rd step give her a piece of sausage . alternatively hold the treat in your left hand keep your hand closed and see if she follows you then when she has done as you have asked give her a treat Smile


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Post by smudge95 on Thu Jul 23 2015, 07:59

I had the same with Buddy he can get to the top like Mo Farrah but when it comes to coming down different story - I found putting a training lead on and then sitting one step down and talking and playing with him made him come to me and as he came forward I moved another step down ..now he will walk down on the lead which means I can control his speed a bit before he hits the bottom, I just need to teach him not to try and come down as fast as he goes up !
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Post by funkyrimpler on Thu Jul 23 2015, 21:29

I remember when i was a kid, our first Staff Bess was a puppy and gradually managed to get to the top of the stairs over a period of days as her confidence grew...but when she got to the top and realised how far up she was she started crying! She had her bum on the top step and her paws on the next one...We had to encourage her down a step at a time, by going up to the step and working our way down over about 10 minutes!!
She was fine after that.
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Re: won't walk downstairs?

Post by valiant87 on Fri Jul 24 2015, 19:27

Thanks for all the advice people i will keep persuing & keep been patient with her
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Re: won't walk downstairs?

Post by Mia05 on Fri Jul 24 2015, 19:32

Andy also bear in mind mia will get bored in 10 minutes so stick to practising the stairs for 10 mins Smile


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Re: won't walk downstairs?

Post by pONSi on Sun Jul 26 2015, 16:46

sit on the steps below her/him with treats and take one step at a time. Praise when he/she steps down.
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Re: won't walk downstairs?

Post by valiant87 on Sat Aug 01 2015, 20:27

Today is the day Mia has cracked her fear of the stairs
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Post by -Ian- on Sat Aug 01 2015, 21:31

Yay... Great news Andy thumbs up

What was the secret to cracking this particular phobia ?


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Post by Mia05 on Sat Aug 01 2015, 22:18

aww thats a clever girl mia moo :X


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Post by Tezzers on Sun Aug 02 2015, 00:47

-Ian- wrote:Yay... Great news Andy thumbs up

What was the secret to cracking this particular phobia ?

Maya`s was grub Ian Laughing She bounds up and down like a pro now. Smile
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Re: won't walk downstairs?

Post by Mia05 on Sun Aug 02 2015, 00:55

Laughing ^^^^


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Re: won't walk downstairs?

Post by valiant87 on Sun Aug 02 2015, 11:35

Trick was just putting her down on the stairs a bit further up every time we went downstairs & then yesterday we left her upstairs and went in the living room so we wasn't watching her and bout 30secs later we heard the floorboards creaking on the stairs next thing was a skid at the bottom (wooden flooring)
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Re: won't walk downstairs?

Post by valiant87 on Sun Aug 02 2015, 11:38

Sorry for some reason my messages aren't been put on in full & also my emoji's ? I'm just well chuffed now cuz she's getting heavy & i never thought she would do it lol
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Post by Emmahammond25 on Sun Aug 02 2015, 12:49

I had this problem whenever I used an emoji the rest of the message didn't show. So I had to stop using them and use the ones on the site the smiley face above where you put your message
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Post by Mia05 on Sun Aug 02 2015, 14:37

I know common emoj by heart sad i know have you thought of updating your adobe flash player as there was an update of this recently. For a while i couldnt post emoj either and that was the problem. Remeber after the flash player is installed to restart your pc/laptop. Smile


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