|Barked: Wed Sep 30, '09 4:00am PST |
|Hi! I am new here. I have 4 dogs (I made profiles for each). I actively compete in Agility and Rally, I teach puppy classes, and work at a doggie daycare. So I'm fairly dog savvy.
However, my newest addition has me stumped!!
Franklin aka Frankie is a now 14 week old BostonxPug mix. (Not a designer dog...he was a true mistake)
I think he is truly afraid of heights.
There are a few behaviors that lead me to think this. The first: He will NOT go down the stairs. In fact, he won't even go near the stairs. If you are going down the stairs with the other dogs to say, go for a walk, he will stand near the top but not on the landing and whine, scream, bark, and act very scared. I use positive R only and clicker training specifically. I have worked every day on shaping him to go near the stairs. Progress has not been made. We have NEVER forced him to go down them. We just pick him up and carry him down.
Which leads to the second thing. If he gets the impression that you are picking him up to carry him down the stairs he will freak out. Or if he is up on something (the bed, couch, or in the car/truck) and he thinks you are picking him up to put him down, he freaks out. All other times he loves to be picked up and held. Likewise, when you are holding him and go to put him down, he will get upset and worried about the process of putting him down onto the ground.
He has NEVER fallen down the stairs, fallen out of the bed or couch or vehicle. No one has ever dropped him.
He will step down off a curb, or off one stair on a threshold, but anything high and he gets scared.
Any suggestions? I've never had a dog afraid of heights before!
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