Before I tell you my latest crisits I have decided NOT to breed Lexi and instead get her spayed so please no comments about that on here.
I have stairs in my house that go up VERY high and Lexi was running up them the other day and slipped through the railings and fell about 3-4ft. It wasn't as bad as it could have been and I am just grateful she wasn't any higher up but still it gave me a shock and scared me! Is there anything you guys know of that I can use to make sure this incident doesn't happen again? Plus now we have our tree up and it also goes up to the cieling and I dont want her to fall on that and get hurt even worse.
I'm in the dark on this one, because I have no idea what kind of dog Lexi is, but could you carry her up the stairs? Or how about a leash, so you have some control over her? Could you put in the wooden sheets that they sell at Lowe's, Menards or any hardware lumber yard that are strips nailed onto a board in a criss cross direction? (not sure what they are called, am not a carpenter, but do you understand what I am talking about?) That way she wouldn't be able to fall off either side of the steps.
Do you live in an upper apartment or is there a door on the lower floor that you could use to help her access the outdoors, without using those stairs?
Not sure what you meant about your Christmas tree comment, you said something about not wanting her to fall on the tree. Does she have an area that she sleeps in or uses that is higher than the tree itself? How could she fall onto it? A little more information please.
Is she accident prone or what am I missing here? Sorry to be so ill informed, but I really don't know anything about Lexie, other than what you just mentioned.
Hope she recovers completely from her fall from the stairs. Did you have the vet check her?
Believe it or not there is a type of netting that is designed to keep human toddlers from falling between rails or off of open-plan "balconies" in fancy houses.
It looks quite sturdy and one child I baby sat for actually climbed through the railing and was caught by the netting for about half an hour while the parents got him out. No harm no foul.
The bad news is that I have no idea where to get it. I would try the net under baby safety or restraint. The other thing I can think of offhand is the type of netting that is sold to put a "ceiling" on your yard so the cat can use the yard without getting loose.
I think that the cat netting is pretty pricey, though.
A dog gate wouldn't help you too much, because your dog is bound to get silly going up and down the stairs again and you don't want another fall. Age and the growth of some common sense will help, but in the meantime some kind of netting strung inside of the railing would be a really good idea.
No it is all one big house my husband just buildt for us and the stairs run along the wall so only one side is showing. The stairs are carpeted. I wouldnt want to place boards along it because that would look ugly, lets face it. We dont really go upstairs unless there are people at our house so would like a baby gate work fine? She is a little Yorkie by the way.
She likes to run up the stairs though and drag her toys around up there then watch then roll down the stairs. Dont know why but its hilarious. I would really hate to take her enjoyment away from her but id it is for he best then I must. Yes we went and got her looked at and the vet said everything was fine and we were lucky it wasnt higher and said we should find some solution so as it dont happen again.
Our tree goes all the way to the cieling and I ment more as if she were up on the higher level and fell she would land on.in the tree and get hurt worse.
Yes lexi, but if the boards work better then any of the other suggestions, it would be in you and your dogs best intrest to get them. I also dont think baby gates would do you must good but, if as you said, you are mainly down stairs and dont go upstairs often then block off the stairs so she cant go up them and simply get her another thing to play with. Stairs can be very dangerous, exspecially for a little dog like a Yorkie.
Sweetiemom: I also dont think baby gates would do you must good but, if as you said, you are mainly down stairs and dont go upstairs often then block off the stairs so she cant go up them and simply get her another thing to play with.
Duh. If a baby gate would not do much good, then why would blocking off the stairs so she can't go up them? What do you think a baby gate does, but block off the stairs.
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Get yourself a baby gate. You say you do not want to put wood along the rail because it would look ugly, but if , god forbid, your baby would have been seriously injured, or died, i doubt your feelings on that would be the same. If she is able to get to the stairs from the side, you may want to block that access also.
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Yes. Maybe I will just take a picture because it is very hard to explain.
Imagine you are looking at a bare wall. Now imagine there are stairs going up the side of the wall with only on side not up aginst the wall. They go to the cieling, well part way, then you can either go forward to the left or right. It is like another space up stairs too but all aong the holder there is spaces she could fall.
Oh no I mean unless the kids fell down the stairs which alot of kids do, not saying its okay, then they wont fit throught the bars so it aint a realy concern for me. Also I would ALWAYS supervize my children on the stairs and most likely put a baby gate up so they cant get up there and take it down when they are old enough to sleep up there by themselves.
Your stairs sound similiar to mine. They are against the wall, and lead to the upstairs hallway, which is all railing, as well. In other words, from the upstairs hallway, a dog could fall through the railing, and hit rock bottom. I have several small dogs, so the bottom of the stairs is gated. They are only allowed on the stairs if I am going up with them. Even then, they are only allowed in my bedroom, usually on the bed, to watch tv with me.
They are not allowed to play on the stairs, nor the hallway. It's too dangerous.
When we go to bed, the bedroom door is shut, so no one can wonder into the hallway.
Even before you mentioned what breed, I thought it must be a yorkie. Believe me I know what you are going through. Kayla has no fear of heights. She scares me to death the things she does. I think your best bet would be a baby gate too and I would not let her go up stairs at all. Good luck, these little warts are something else. I have to watch ours constantly.