Train­ing, one step at a time

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - PETS - KYRA ENS­BEY FROM BRIGHT BESSY DOG TRAIN­ING

Ques­tion – My dog won’t go up or down our steps to the back­yard.

He’s get­ting too heavy for me to carry.

Can you give me some help­ful sugges­tions please.

An­swer – I’m sus­pect­ing that the steps prob­a­bly have no back so your dog con­sid­ers them to be hol­low.

You can get a long piece of syn­thetic turf and at­tach to steps to make them solid in your dog’s eyes.

Get him to walk up the steps on the turf and re­ward af­ter each step.

As he gets bet­ter at this, stand at top or bot­tom of steps and give him an en­thu­si­as­tic call.

Give lots and lots of praise when he suc­ceeds, even if it’s just a few steps at a time.

What­ever you do, don’t force him with this.

Let him tell you what he’s com­fort­able do­ing.

When he has mas­tered ne­go­ti­at­ing the steps, you can take the turf off one step at a time.

Do you have a train­ing ques­tion you’d like an­swered?

Send them to rachel. ver­[email protected]­s­coas­tad­vo­cate. com.au and Kyra will re­ply in the fol­low­ing edi­tions.

Dogs need a lot of praise when over­com­ing their fears.

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