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Old 07-03-2016, 08:00 AM   #1
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Getting my big dog in

My 3 year old yellow mixed lab will not go up the stairs in our new fr3 has anyone else had this problem any suggestions we offered her, her favorite treats a hot dog and still can't get her in are little beagle goes right in.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:35 AM   #2
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Cover the back of the steps. A lot of dogs won't go up steps they can see through, at first. After a little training it should be fine.


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Old 07-03-2016, 08:51 AM   #3
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Our kennel rescue dog black lab hound dog mix had a terrible mental block around the steps. We found the sound of the motorized action of the stairs to freak her out.

Try locking the stairs open using the switch long before you approach. We also found placing her leash / leader on her (this action often places her brian in follow -the -master mode) helps too.

I think the open rear of the stairs also had something to do with her apprehension. We always placed her favorite treat at the top of the stairway (greenie bone) for her to associate the completion of the climb with goodness. But it was not placed in sight or dangled as a carrot. It was a discovered treat.

Eventually she climbed up with no issue. But the longer between trips the more often we have to retrain her. So at home, when I do work inside I offer bring her in with me for "practice". Note that I had an issue with my Lippert stairs within 2000 miles and after finding the appropriate person at warranty service we replaced the 3 step with a more reliable 2 step Kwik step. When we need to we supplement the third step we use a folding aluminum step from CW that doubles as a foot rest on the passenger side.

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Old 07-03-2016, 09:24 AM   #4
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Our yellow lab had bad hips. We got her a pet ramp. It was well worth it. Getting in and out of rv was so easy for her. Just go to the vet or park was so much easier for everyone. It was a tri fold plastic ramp, easy to work with.
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We had to put the carpet pads that are held on with springs on our steps for our lab
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Old 07-03-2016, 03:08 PM   #6
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My Dobie (65 pounds for comparison) had a problem getting in at first. She is so attached to my husband he was inside calling her. After a few times she got the hang of it. She basically jumps onto a step and then into the TT. I also put the carpet on the steps. Going out, she just jumps. She rides in the back of the truck and when my husband puts the tail gate down she puts her paws on the gate and wiggles her butt to let us know she is ready to be lifted.
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Beautiful pup, how old is she?
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I had to train our Sheltie by placing his front paws on the first step and giving him an up and in push. Took a few times for him to get it right. Then, we went from 3 to 4 steps and he got confused. He now only hits the 1st and 3rd steps.
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Time and patience............ Keep at it ......... Does she have and dog friends that can show her its ok ???


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Train her to go up & down, in & out of the camper.
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