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So i have a Collie who is unfortunately inbred.
She sometimes forgets how to do things like climbing stairs, or scares herself so much that she forgets how to climb stairs. i'm honestly not sure which.
She's done this for years, but at my last house i only had a short flight of stairs to the backyard, and with that i was able to get her to go up them.
we recently moved to a house with alot of very tall stairs. she climbed up one of them to the upstairs floor, where the height about scared her to death. But now, i can't get her to use any of the stairs in the house. it's almost like she forgot too cause she will get on the first 2 stairs with her front paws, but then acts like she cant get the coordination right to actually climb them.
if anyone has any advice on how to reteach her or get her confidence back, that would be super helpful.

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If he’s an older dog it may not be fear but pain. Going downstairs can cause painful hips and knees to really ache. If this is the case, a vet visit may be in order to help your dog be more comfortable but I wouldn’t recommend making the dog use stairs unless that’s required to get in and out of the home.
If you’re talking about a young healthy dog, the put a leash on him, grab a pocketful of treats and sit down on the top stair. Give your dog a treat. Move down 2 stairs and sit. Hold a treat out for your dog. NEVER pull or try to drag him down the stairs. Don’t act worried or excited. Calm. Relaxed. Confident. This is something that must be addressed calmly and at his pace-not yours. Once he goes down a couple steps, give him a treat and praise him a LOT.
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