If you live in a double story house or a tall building, then you’ll have to train your pet to climb up and down those steps. This is especially important for pets that are injured and senior dogs. The goal is to teach your furry friend on how to get up and down the dog stairs without getting injured.
It’s important to note here that teaching your pet to climb the stairs might be difficult or easy depending on how your dog takes to the activity. Most dogs have no problem climbing the stairs and will be able to do it without much direction. However, some dogs are shy and might even feel intimidated by tall stairs. These types of dogs typically require a fair amount of coaxing and you might need to give them a treat or two to speed up the learning process.
On the other hand, you might have a senior pet that has difficulty climbing the stairs due to health problems. If that’s the case then we highly recommend you consult with a vet before you try the tips outlined below. Perhaps you might end up using special dog ramps instead of teaching them how to climb stairs.
How To Get Started On Pet Stairs?
Before you start training your dog to climb the stairs, get it a special treat like hot dogs or a slice of its favorite cheese. You’ll also need a leash to guide it along. Make sure to keep a close eye on your dog throughout the journey until you’re confident that your pooch can climb up on its own. Although it’s not necessary, it helps to have a partner that’ll help you out.
For pet parents that have many dogs, it’s best to train one pet first and then the other. Training all your pets at the same time can confuse and slow down the process. It’s important to minimize distractions as much as possible while you train your dog to use the stairs.
When picking out a treat, make sure it’s something that’ll instantly attract your pet’s attention. Then, place it at the bottom of the stairs, call your dog to eat it and pet it for gobbling it up.
Now it’s time to start getting your dog up the stairs. Place a second treat on the first step. Your dog should step up to reach the new treat. Once it gets to it, allow your pet to eat the treat while showering it with verbal praise and petting it excitedly.
At this point, your dog should be feeling pretty excited about its first treat, and it will be ready to take the next step. If your dog is still nervous about climbing up the first step and hasn’t taken its treat yet, just repeat the first step patiently until your pet feels reassured and comfortable enough to take the first step.
Lure Your Dog Up The Stairs
Continue using the same technique to lure your dog up the steps until it reaches the top of the pet stairs. If your pet stammers or finds it difficult to move up the steps; that’s okay. Just keep offering it the treats and try to make it feel comfortable so that it can develop enough confidence to take a step forward.
Teach It To Go Down The Stairs
Once your dog has made it to the top of the stairs, you’ll have to teach it how to come down. You’ll have to follow pretty much the same method you used to get your pet up the stairs. Keep luring it with treats until it takes the first step down and the second etc.
The best way to entice your dog into taking the first step down is by luring it with its favorite treat. Shower your dog with praise at the same time as that’ll encourage it to take the first step towards the treat and down the stairs.
If your pet has made it past the first step, follow the same steps until it gets to the bottom of the stairs.
Just because your dog has done well doesn’t mean you should stop practicing to climb up and down the stairs with it. Ideally, you should repeat this process several times until you see that your pet is comfortable and confident using the pet stairs and can do it safely without any supervision from your part.