07-27-2010, 07:38 PM
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Learning The Dreaded Stairs?
So, Willow's terrified of them. I've tried clicking and treating for every millimeter she makes towards them, I've tried waiting her out and she makes a high speed dash back for our apartment door and sits and whines at the door. I tried making it so she can't make that mad dash back and she found someone elses door to sit out. She's just a scarred little puppy but not much is helping her become less terrified. If I give her a nudge she'll reluctantly clobber over them (and it's a goofy paw-by-paw clobber, I should video tape it before she understands how they work and goes at high speed up and down them because, despite her fear, it's just too adorable for words). When we need to go somewhere she's super-happy to be going but then as we get close to the stairs she starts making scared little back-track before we get to them. If short on time my reaction has been to pick her up and carry her down or up them, and while at 16 1/2 lbs that's doable at 60 lbs it's not going to be.
I have to be going about this the hard way and I know there's a better way out there, so, how do I teach her that they're safe?