Helping your Adopted Greyhound Racer Negotiate Stairs
Stairs can be a challenge for many adopted Greyhound racers. Calmly encourage your dog up the stairs, don’t push or they may panic and hurt themselves. Grip your Greyhound’s collar and put the front legs on the step letting it lean on you. If your dog doesn’t respond with encouragement put it’s rear legs on a step and then slowly alternate the front and rear legs up the steps.
Once at the top of the steps praise your dog enthusiastically and give a small treat for reward and let him relax. Then grip the collar of your Greyhound and slowly go down the stairs the same way, praise again when at the bottom. You will need to do this again at least once more and with some adopted Greyhounds once a day for a few days.
Open backed stairs will take a little while longer and make sure the nails are trim on uncarpeted stairs.
If the surface of the stairs are very slippery you can purchase grip tape that can be applied in strips on each stair to help give your Greyhound something to grip onto as they negotiate the stairs. This tape can be purchased at any hardware store. Soon your adopted Greyhound will be bounding up and down the stairs as if they were born doing it.
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