dog stairs - annoying but could have been much worse
Hi all - I have a not quite 2 year old small dog who suddenly developed a profound fear of coming down stairs a week or so ago. I am not sure what happened but figured he must have slipped. No injury thank goodness!!!!!
I used to put a gate at the bottom of the stairs whenever I went out - first while I was housetraining him, discouraging the normal puppy destructiveness - last fall when I got a kitten for similar reasons. The animals have calmed down, are bonded - so I got lax about putting up the gate.
So now what? He runs upstairs then waits in terror for me to get him. Repeat. A game but he is not having fun. The best I could come up with is sitting near the bottom steps - asking him to come up 3-4 steps and back down for a treat. Any other suggestions? My sister says he will come down for food eventually. I worked hard to make this guy socialized and confident - hate to see that damaged.