My four-year old lab has been afraid of stairs for as long as I can remember. I don't think he ever had a "traumatic" experience with stairs, though we have moved a lot and our first few apartments when we had him were on the ground floor. It's particularly problematic when the staircase has slats and is outside, he will not go up or down them! Why is he so afraid, and what can I do to help him get over his fear?
Carry your dog! Just kidding. Generally as trainers we ask ourselves, “Is there a way to avoid the fear altogether?" We all lead busy lives and if the problem isn't something you run into often it might not be worth putting a huge amount of time and effort into. Of course, if you have a 50 pound dog, carrying your pup up or down the stairs on a regular basis is unrealistic. This means it's time to start training your pup. Continue Reading