Hello, My dog Mikkie is almost 2 years old this month. He is very afraid to walk down steps. He can walk up them, but down he shakes. How do I get him to walk down the steps without being afraid. Thanks
Mikkie is the most precious dog I know. I love him to death.
The best thing to do is work with him when hes hungry. Use some steps that are carpeted. Place really yummy treats on each step, going up and then for going down.At the top of the steps have something unbeleiveably good as a reward for completeing the steps. Do this over and over, most dogs start to like it quickly, but be patient, and don't give in. Something traumatic may have happened on some stairs which is causeing the fear.
and, like I stated on your other post... don't baby him when he whines and shakes. If you do, you are asking him and rewarding him for his fearful behavior. Only reward him when he acts without the fear
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