Hello everyone,

My baby Romeo is turning 1 next month =). Anyway Romeo fell down the stairs a while ago. He didn't get hurt and it wasn't his first time. But this time I think he really got scared. Because now he is scared to go down the stairs. I always have to pick him up and carry him down. How do I make him not scared anymore? I tried putting him on the middle of the stairs and calling him down, but he starts whinning and panicking and make me eventually pick him up again. What should i do?! I've been carrying him down the stairs for 2 or 3 months now. I also have a question.... My pup is going to be 1 soon, but he doesn't know how to jump yet.. He can only jump to get in the car and to the car seat. but not the BED, COUCH, BENCH, & ETC. Is that just Romeo?

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Comment by Rachel & Romeo on March 21, 2010 at 6:25pm
thank you for the advises
Comment by Steph & Matt on March 21, 2010 at 1:11pm
My Georgie is 3 years old and hates going up or down stairs. Because of they short long bodies he knows if he tries to stop he will tumble, so yes for 3 yrs he will not go up or down wooden stairs. We covered one set of ours with a carpet runner and he will use those now because he can get traction. I think being afraid of stairs is a corgi thing. As for the jumping I would be happy because I can't get Georgie to stop jumping from the arm of the couch which is much to high for him and he has sprained a leg once or twice doing so.
Comment by Carla on March 20, 2010 at 7:05pm
I taught Casey basically the same way DaBear's brother did. She couldn't do up OR down, so I just got her really riled up at the bottom of our basement stairs and started running up, making a bunch of noise like I was having the time of my life. She ran up the first 4 or 5 before stopping and being like "what do I do now!?!" So I cheered her a bunch to let her know she was doing great and she turned around and went down those 4 or 5 steps. And when we got to the bottom (I was going up and down with her), she received a bunch more cheers (I was literally jumping up and down and shouting about what a great puppy she was - she was VERY excited that I was so excited). Upon realizing how much attention and generally craziness she got from going up and down a few steps, she started doing it on her own and then looking over at me like "look what I did! Do you see what I did!! I went up these four stairs." Then four turned into 6 turned into 8 turned into the entire staircase (it took a couple days of practice). Now she's like "I got this thing in the bag. These stairs are NO problem." Lol
Comment by Bev Levy on March 20, 2010 at 10:21am
Sparty fell down ours as a puppy so we carried him down for the first year. It actually worked well because we had a walk out and it was easier to see that he wanted to go out with him at the top of the stairs. After a year though I started encouraging him by putting a few treats on some stairs. He picked it up pretty quick. As far as the furniture I wonder if he is a little sore from the fall? Corgis are not nearly as agile as they think they are as puppies. If the furniture is a little high or he has hurt himself, he might be reluctant to try again. I would not encourage a lot of jumping yet because his body is still forming and you don't want permanent injury.
Comment by Stephanie on March 20, 2010 at 6:19am
My brother taught Bear to go down the steps, he came over one day and saw me carrying him and went, watch this, they played upstairs for a few minutes, Shane with a squeaky toy running around and he raced down the steps with the toy, squeaking it the whole way...Bear was so excited he followed him right down the steps. Did the same thing with the couch.

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