|Barked: Tue Sep 9, '08 9:46pm PST |
|Hello, sorry I don't have too much time to read all of these responses, so please excuse me if I'm just repeating someone....
I can relate to this experience, I have a really...shall we say "clingy" dog named Sunny. He follows me everywhere--and I mean everywhere. But there was a while when he wouldn't follow me down (or up, if I brought him down) to the basement. One day after I made it all the way to the top and he was just at the bottom, staring at me, even whimpering, I was like, "This is crazy!".
SO-all I did was talked him through it FROM THE TOP of the stairs. Once he realized I wasn't coming to rescue him, he'd attempt to go up 2 steps and then get scared and hop back down, this went on for a solid 3-4 minutes....then I went and grabbed the bag of Pupperonis. I went down a couple stairs myself, just so I was still out of his reach, but close enough for him to smell the treat and be closer to me. I kept being encouraging, "C'mon, baby, c'mon Sunny" and before I knew it he'd be closer to my hand. I rewarded him with the treat and a "Good boy!" and backed up a step and repeated the process until he was at the top! It was a breakthrough!
Now, he still doesn't really follow me down the stairs, but I know that if I take him down, he's not as scared to follow me back up.
Come to think of it, when I first got him he wouldn't even use the upstairs steps to go up to my room....I guess I was going up and down SO frequently (compared to the basement) that he just had to give in...Good Luck!
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