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    Mia still has NO interest in learning to go up/down my stairs. I have a sort of large spiral staircase with riser type stairs (space between each stair). I've tried to encourage her to use the stairs but she tries to bail out through the side rails when I put her on the second or third step to go up. I haven't tried putting her leash on and leading her up yet. I guess I thought she would eventually follow me and Wrigley up the stairs on her own. She's a little bigger now, but she could still fit through the space between the stairs--so I guess I'm a little unsure of whether or not to encourage the stairs yet. Also, she and Wrigley chase each other all over the place and I'm a little concerned they'll start playing on the stairs if she gets accustomed to using them...

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    Denise, Wrigley (Golden-5 Yrs.) and
    Mia Bella (Cavalier-2 Yrs.)

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    Denise what I did with King was I put him on the second step then tapped his tush a couple times then said "King Up-Up" and slowly but surely King started to climb the stairs....But going down was another challenge...

    To get King to go down stairs I first started with a staircase that only has bout 2-4 stairs so he could get the feel of it... Then I tried a staircase with more stairs...so it may take sometime, just be patient wit ur kid
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    We bought puppy stairs for the couch and the bed - it only took a week before the house stairs were mastered!
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    Charlie's mastered the stairs (unfortunately)!! only cos he wants to be by my side all the time
    I'm sure he's too young though? Can't it damage their hips etc if done too soon??

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    I'd encourage her a stair or two at a time with small treats placed on the step. However -- if she can fall through the railings or risers you need to put something there to protect her from doing that or just block the stairs til she is older. I think a spiral staircase would be far more daunting to a dog and I'd be really careful as if they are not carpetted, they could really go flying off the stairs due to the hair on their paws. She may simply never want to go up and down a spiral staircase -- from a dog's pov they can't see anything ahead or below especially if the staircase is narrow.
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    The stairway itself is pretty wide, but I can see how it would be daunting to a little dog. Good thing she only weighs 12 pounds--looks like I'll be carrying her up/down indefinitely! Gives me an excuse to cuddle her...
    Denise, Wrigley (Golden-5 Yrs.) and
    Mia Bella (Cavalier-2 Yrs.)

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    Personally, I don't blame her. Never mind little dogs- I hate riser stairs myself, even though I know the chance of slipping through them is minimal to nil. I think I was traumatised by falling off slide stairs in a pool as a kid; your dog hasn't that excuse but she's little so I'd leave it. Look at it this way- she's a Cav. If she really, really wants to be with you, she'll find a way up (and down) those stairs, come hell or er, high stairs. Pardon the daft puns. I'm slightly tipsy.

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    When I teatched Bono to go up and down our stairs, I actually had to show him how to move his legs. When we had gone up and down with me by his side, he started do go by himself, but very slowly
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    Same with my lot - they could get up but not down, ended up moving their front legs onto the next step then moving their back legs down after.... I am sure that Woody slides down on his tum sometime though...

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    our Daisy Boo is absolutely terrified of going down stairs. We don't know if it's related to a fall she had down a couple of steps when she was younger or something to do with her patella problem.

    Going UP the stairs is not a problem though! She'll happily bounce up the stairs, mess around with any spare socks, underwear, shoes that she can find and then loudly let us know she is ready to be carried back down

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