beachdogz Posted April 24, 2021 Report Share Posted April 24, 2021 I am interested in getting opinions on how to proceed with a problem we are having with stairs. So -- the pups (almost 2 years old now) will not go down our basement stairs. They have been fearful of them since they were young. Nothing bad happened on them. The interesting thing is they will go up and down other stairs. They go up and down our main stairs, 16 steps, that are carpeted. They go up and down the kennel steps outside (12 steps, bare wood, and quite steep). They even go up and down my husband's workshop steps (12 steps, steep, bare wood, and even open at the back and on one side.) And they go up and down all those stairs like gangbusters! But they continue to balk at the basement steps (only 8 steps down and carpeted down the middle.) We have tried having everyone in the basement (including my kids & their dogs) and other tempting and fun things down there. They just will not approach and go down those steps. I am not a clicker trainer. However, I decided to give it a whirl with this problem. So I have Parker coming to the steps, and going down one step with his two front paws to get a treat. But he won't let his back legs leave the top landing. He at least will come down to the landing now when he hears the clicker. And that first step has been a big deal for him. But we are not progressing very fast. We've been on one step for over a week. I really believe that I could teach this easily by back-chaining up the steps, IF I had access to the basement from outside and could start them down there. But, unfortunately, there is no outside access to our basement. And....because of our age and physical issues, neither of us can carry them downstairs. Anybody have any suggestions? Has anyone had a similar problem where the dogs would do all steps except certain ones? Thank you in advance! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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