Old Dog Unsteady on Steps, Griffith NSW
Our 11 year old little terrier is now struggling getting down the 2 steps he used to simply leap over in his younger days. We're afraid he's going to hurt himself when he falls. Any advice on how to help him get down, or improve his behaviour with the steps?
ANSWER: Old Dog Unsteady on Steps, Griffith NSW
Ohhh! Beautiful old thing! I dont think there is any point in forcing him to walk down the stairs as it may be painful due to slightly onset athritis or similar. Think the best bet is to construct a little ramp out of wood with a carpet overlay. Make sure it is surcure and wont slide down the stairs. If you leave the ramp with out some carpet or similar it may be slipery and feel strange under his paws, resulting in a scary experience. Encouage him to use the ramp with some yummy treats and stacks of praise.