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Old 06-12-2009, 01:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was just curious if anyone else's Malts won't climb stairs. Tobi will just sit at the bottom of the staircase and wait for me to come back down. I know it must look like a mountain to him! If it's a few steps he's fine but won't attempt anything more. On the other hand my boyfriend's Morkie will run up and down like it's an obstacle course. We have to block them off to prevent him from getting hurt. Just curious...
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Old 06-12-2009, 01:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Mine are all like lightning going up the stairs. Although, I gate it off, when I open it for them, they haul it.

LBB is the quickest. He'll beat them all to the top ~ lol

My Jops, and Frankie love to go up a few steps, and lay by the railing, with their little heads poking under it.

As the years went by, my Daisy would wait for me to carry her up. I now carry Henry. His butt is too big,
and it's hard on his back legs.
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Howdy:

I hope you are well.

Bibi will go up and down the stairs. Bacchus will go up the stairs to our second floor but not down. He will not go up or down the stairs to the basement.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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For years Nemo never did. :P Then one day he just went up but very cautiously .
He rarely goes up, which in a way I am happy about.
He goes on my deck and NEVER goes down the stairs , I like it like that.
Nemo once in awhile marks and I don't want him upstairs in the house, so he will wait and sit on the bottom step till I come down.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Scarlett won't climb the stairs to the second floor. She tried once, lost her footing and never tried again. She will climb the steps into the house and those at my neighbor's. I carry her up and down the stairs to the second story which isn't a problem.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:11 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Naddie is larger and very long legs and she flies up and down the stairs. Quincy on the other hand I don't want doing the stairs.. his little legs are so short and the only steps we have are to the basement level and they're not carpeted. MOST times I carry him and he'll wait for me... but he has at times taken a trip down on his own....especially if I've gone down ( say to throw in a load of laundry... and he's afraid he's missing something!!


Missy was "short-legged' too ( and the issues with her knees) so she always got carried up and down .
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Alot of times little Miss Ava follows me right up the steps...... all the way upstairs!!!

But then sometimes she stands at the bottom of the stairs <strike>barking</strike> calling for me to come get her :P



I'd rather she not use the stairs, but.....it seems that she is the boss!

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QUOTE (2MaltMom @ Jun 12 2009, 07:47 AM)
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Alot of times little Miss Ava follows me right up the steps...... all the way upstairs!!!

But then sometimes she stands at the bottom of the stairs <strike>barking</strike> calling for me to come get her :P



I'd rather she not use the stairs, but.....it seems that she is the boss! [/B]
WOW, that blows my mind, she is so tiny and Nemo is huge compared to her and a scardy cat
Miss Ava is tougher than she looks
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ollie woudn't go up the stairs as a baby...now he's bigger...just under 10 lbs. As he grew and I knew he was going to be "big" and has quite long legs, I didn't want to spend his whole life carrying him up and down the stairs so I trained him to go up and down using treats. When he's older I won't mind carrying him up & down...

My observation is that standard malts (which Ollie is not) do not have nearly as long legs as Ollie does. They have very little ones. I'd probably not "force" going up and down if I had one with tiny legs...and carrying 4-7 lbs up the stairs isn't as bad as 10 lbs :P
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:41 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I never allowed kodie to go up stairs because of fear of knee issues... he still to this day will NOT attempt stairs (I trainned him well.. lol). Kelsie on the other hand... I never showed her stairs but she will fly up them if i allow her to... i now block the stairs so she can NOT run up and down them. She is too small to be doing that consistantly all day along... i try to prevent knee surgeries.
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