|Barked: Mon Feb 13, '12 11:46am PST |
|I had to train my 35lb beagle to use dog stairs after his back went bad and jumping was no longer allowed.
To do it i guided him up the stairs using lures (hotdogs, cheese home made cookies). When he would use the stairs i'd praise him like crazy and treat him. I made it impossible for him to get up onto my bed or the car without the stairs. After a while (30-40 minutes) he realized if he wanted to get in bed with mommy he had to use the stairs. It's just about getting him to need the stairs.
Do you have a clicker? have you tried clicker training? For the car i had to click and treat for jake using the stairs.
In the beginning I would lick just for him going to the stairs and he'd get a treat. then when he started using a step i'd click and treat then finally when he climbed into the car he got a click and treat.
My roommates 4lb with a cat collar and tags on Chi, Woody uses stairs. We got him to use them by luring and getting deep steps. The ones for jake's stairs were too small and narrow for woodstock making it uncomfortable and awkward for him to use them. Deeper steps worked best for that little chi.
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