Feb 4, 2002 2,311 0 0. Dogs with orthopedic problems—including hips, knees, and hind legs—will have no trouble going down stairs but will show reluctance, struggle, or bunny hop their way back up, Wood says. This is a fairly common fear or phobia , especially in young dogs who may not have encountered them while they were puppies . My 5 year old shih tzu has never had trouble going up and down the stairs since we taught her when she was a puppy, but suddenly as of a week ago she won't go completely up any set of stairs in the house on her own. The problem stairs. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot? Downstairs. At that point, start working on the second step. If you have a smaller pooch who's not in too much pain, you may be able to carry her up and down as needed; ask your vet first, though. Your dog may feel stranded up on the stair, so lure him back down with a treat. That's where my dog sleeps, where she stays mostly. I've seen dogs go up and down near vertical "stairs" that are closer to ladders really but with wider steps . If your dog can't climb stairs anymore, it's up to you to make things easier on her. Do not jerk or drag them up the stairs, as this will establish that stairs are negative or painful. I think that in general, the bigger the dog, the more trouble they have with stairs. Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. [Help] Dog suddenly afraid to go up stairs. The fear of going up and down stairs can affect puppies, rescues, adults, and senior dogs, and it poses specific challenges for both the dog and their owner. When the reverse is true—no problem ascending, but showing unwillingness or pain while descending—the issue is usually with the dog’s elbows or shoulders. She has free access to the rest of the house, but mainly stays in the room when we are inside. My 8 year old male whippet can’t and won’t jump on the couch, climb the stairs, sometimes won’t step down 2 steps to go outside from the house iam having to lift him most of the time. B. bizmark Banned. The stairs are a common fear for most young puppies. Once they reach the top of the stairs, reward them and carry them back down to the bottom to try again. Your best bet is to euthanize the dog. So for the last 3 months we’ve had to carry her down the stairs. Eventually, your dog should go up and down the first step confidently. Dog is shaking won't walk up and down stairs and won't jump. Which means we need to go up the stairs to get to it. He or she is in pain, and descending the stairs will increase his suffering as well as endangering your health if you try to carry him. The thing is- My room is on the second floor. Where I live, I rent a room. Fortunately, you can help your dog get over this fear and go up and down the stairs with confidence. Regardless of the dog’s age or size, there’s always a reason for the trembling, crying, and backing up that happens when faced with a threatening staircase. Of course no one wants to do that. No there is nothing also look to see if any disloaction there wasnt any At the top, looking down your dog may be afraid of falling. Sep 26, 2002 #10 yeah, I really don't think it'd be that much different from a normal staircase with most dogs. Some dogs are afraid of going up and down stairs. Otherwise, the first order of business is obviously relocating all of your pet's belongings to the floor she's staying on. Motivate your dog to get back down. Give your puppy a chance to adjust, if they’re uncertain carry them up or down the stairs until they know it’s safe. Next month she is turning two and I am getting her spayed. Have your dog practice going up and down the first step over several training sessions. Once you have taught your dog to go up the stairs, teaching them down will be easy. Puppies take the stairs one at a time. Going up a flight of stairs can seem like an endless obstacle.