Can anyone suggest to me the best way to approach this. My housemate and I rehomed a staffie-x yesterday. He is gorgeous!!
He has a beautiful gentle nature and lives for food and cuddles. I'm amazed how settled he already seems.
The problem is he won't go upstairs to housemate's flat. He'll get about 2 steps up and will then dash back to the sofa in my sitting room and tremble
I've definitely not pushed it further as he's still finding his feet.
I'm planning on:
- taking him to some outdoor steps on our walk tomorrow to see if it's the actual stairs he afraid or, or if it's because of a bad past issue (I figure if he trots up and down the outside ones, it will most likely be a past bad experience?)
- mum is coming round to ours on Wednesday with her dog, who's he's met twice. We show him her dog going up and down the stairs and see if that helps him - still not doing anything other than gently encouraging him.
Does that sound like a good plan? He doesn't seem mistreated in any other way and he was from the council pound after being found as a stray so there's no past history for him.
If anyone can offer any further advice, or knows that what I plan to do is completely wrong, I'd really appreciate your help.
I feel bad for my housemate as he's 'out of the loop' as it were
Early night for me tonight but I will defo check back in tomorrow...
I'd get a clicker, some pea-sized pieces of cheese and make myself comfy a few steps up, wth a cup of tea and bags of patience. Ten minutes, two or three times daily, and I bet it's sorted within a week
I used to foster dogs in Texas and most of them had never seen stairs before - a lot of trailers and single storey houses. Never took them long to work them out though! Following another dog up is definitely a good idea.
Maybe in his previous home he was banned from going upstairs and has been beaten for it?
Time & treats will overcome. Good luck - do come back and tell us how he gets on - he looks gorgeous!
Coming downstairs may be more of a problem than going up, depending on why dog is scared. 18 months ago my lab slipped and nearly fell coming down and decided he wasn't going upstairs any more. Was fine with outside steps. We did the clicker/treat training and after a few weeks he went upstairs very slowly, but flatly refused to come down, not even for his dinner. Got v upset and poo'd and wee'd on the carpet, eventually 2 of us managed to carry him down. Perhaps he'll eventually get over his stair phobia but we'll be leaving it up to him.
Late to the thread and see you've already cracked it - well done!
Had to post though to say what a gorgeous boy he is - such a lovely gentle face.
Love the photo of him stretching our on his stomach. I'm constantly amazed at the positions dogs seem to find comfortable to sleep in.
We rescued a border collie x boy that had never seen stairs before, many moons ago. Whenever we went upstairs he went into the next room to see where we'd disappeared to - a bit like when they look behind a mirror to see where the other dog is.
Is that because they are so long?! Or just a quirk particular to your LD (lovely dog). My dad used to have 2 and they were beautiful friendly dogs, brother and sister...
I've always loved staffies! My profile page has pics of my old boy Fred, who sadly I lost a little while back
Truman is so friendly with dogs and people, and SO cuddly! He is going to keep me busy though as he has no recall and has shown separation anxiety the few times and few minutes I've left him (twice this week for no more than half an hour). There were bite marks on the garden door when I got home, poor boy ...
I've been doing lots of reading up to prepare for the challenges ahead And it is going to be a challenge as Fred came to me from Battersea at 2 years old - 100% ready to use, straight out of the box! He always came back, no separation anxiety, sat, stayed etc. I was very lucky!
Progress report on Truman - he is so so good! SO good, and so easy to train because of his love of food lol. He has recall with the clicker and a sausage treat mastered and he plays like mad with other dogs and comes back as soon as I call most of the time
I've a bit of a dilemma as it's only been 2 weeks or so and I have to go away this weekend - didn't want to take him as it will be too much upheaval for him in such a short space of time. He has my housemate upstairs, and my mum is coming to stay with him with her dog, who he loves - so I'm hoping the complete change of scenery, together with the familiar, safe house, will be okay.
I can't change the weekend unfortunately as my bro is over from New Zealand and this is my only chance to see him...
Do you think he'll be okay?
Another question - for the very short times I've left him alone (30 mins max.) he's obviously been a stressed, and I returned to tooth marks on the garden door handle I've given him a filled kong when I go out and taken it back when I return, but he's obviously still anxious. He peers out of the window when i'm out - is this okay, and comforting to be able to see out?
I'm struggling with this a bit as my previous rescue was no problem at all when I left him alone...
Does anyone have any advice? He sleeps in a separate room on the sofa (his choice!), so his SA can't be too bad, can it?
Grateful for any reassurance/advice and apologies for the long post