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4 August 2018
Oscar is 5 weeks post op on a rear amp and doing great. He goes up and down 5 stairs to get outside and occasionally will wait for help with a sling to get up them. Will run outside and like to play but these stairs are a challenge. He can get on the couch with or without the step without assistance but at night when it’s time to get upstairs or in the morning to go down (it’s about 13 stairs) he will not go. He has done it by himself maybe 3 times in the past few weeks alone. No amount of treats will get him to even attempt them even if I am by his side. Have a sling and harness but he does not like inside. I have to carry him up and down. PT has not oven me many suggestions so if anyone has any tricks I’m all ears. Man I wish he could talk to me. I don’t know if it hurts (yet he does other stairs) or if he’s just scared (keep in mind he’s a nervous nelly ny nature). I’ve seen stair lifts for dogs but I fear he would be afraid of this too and i think it’s too soon for this option. He’s done so well so far and I just wish I could help him over this hurdle.
25 April 2007
Ok remind me: do you have a harness like the Ruffwear Webmaster to help him? And are your stairs carpeted or not? Are they open-back stairs? Oh and have you tried bribing him with GREAT treats, like hot dogs, cheese, or whatever rocks his world the most?
Our own Wyatt Ray was pretty hesitant on stairs for at least a few months after his amputation. He does them like a champ now, but it took some doing. Having two of us there (one to bribe, one to assist) was how we got started going up and down stairs with him. Would that be possible with you?
18 October 2009
Get a supper-duper extra special treat that is only for stairs. That is what I do with Elly when we work on her Separation Anxiety.
Did he ever fall on the stairs? My little Pug Maggie, also a rear amp, never could do more than 3 or 4 stairs after her amp. I attribute it to three things- her small size, the suspicion I have that she either fell or got stuck once, and her stubborn Pug nature. I didn’t spend too much time on it since I lived in a single story house at the time.
BTW- my current Pug-mix Elly, a rear amp a bit smaller than Maggie, flies up and down the stairs! She is over 3 years past her amp due to a car accident.
You might try the super treats when he does the 5 step stairs- he should make the connection. Also do the 5 step stairs just like you try the long stairs- same help, same harness, etc. Work hard on the 5 step stairs to get consistency and build his confidence. Try feeding him as he climbs if possible.
Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls
4 August 2018
Thanks for the advice. The stairs have carpet treads, not open backed. and I have the rough wear harness. Maybe I need better treats, I’ll try some hotdogs.. it also made me feel better knowing it took your dog a while. He’s doing so well I need to remind myself that some things will take more time than others. Still adjusting to our new normal.
25 April 2007
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