The Stairs – Part 3
Every morning now we are doing a stair session. I am working on both going up them backwards and going up the forward. I’m personally interested in what way she learns faster and if learning one way makes being on the stairs easier in general. Today I also added one short session on trying to get her to down the stairs.
For backing up the stairs she is now putting both back feet on the first step right away. She is routinely putting one of the front feet on the step. Interestingly she is alternating which front foot she puts up first. In yesterday’s session she actually got both front feet up on the step. (YEAH!) She did this 3 times in the session. Each time I would click and go to feed and she would not eat the treat while all 4 feet where on the step together. A little stressed? I think so! Today in the session she was using the front foot to actually push herself up to get the other foot up on the step. She never actually got all 4 feet on the step.
As for going forward up the stairs she can put both front feet on the second step up and she is starting to independently move the back feet. She has yet to put either of the back feet up on the first step.
With going down the stairs facing forward she was able to approach the edge and do a hand touch over the edge. Her body posture is very scared dog and she is not ready to have her feet break the plane of the edge of the landing.
To be continued….