It’s not unusual for small dogs to be anxious near stairs. A lot of them are not experienced with climbing steps and see them as a daunting task. Fortunately, dog trainers like Brandon McMillan know how to solve this anxiety.
Brandon worked with a dog named Hershey. She’s a small dog who is set for adoption. However, her fear of steps is a problem that must be taken care of. Her future family lives in a two-story house and is near a beach with paths that have lots of steps.
Brandon brought Hershey to a stair with a lot of steps. He used a lure stick to encourage her to take the first few steps. The lure stick is a stick with a treat at the end of it. It’s an irresistible training tool for dogs.
Going down the stair was easier for Hershey than going up. Eventually, Hershey was able to climb up the stair without the need for the lure stick. After this successful training session, Hershey had one more obstacle to overcome.
Brandon took Hershey to a park that had stairs with more steps. He found out that it was the first step that gave her anxiety but not the rest of the steps. Brandon gave Hershey some headstart before arriving at the first step. The momentum and Brandon’s quick pacing made Hershey conquer the first step without hesitation.
Brandon decided to take it to the next level by removing the leash and allowing Hershey to climb 160 steps without guidance. To his surprise, Hershey had no problem with the climb. There were times when she overtook him while climbing. For such a small dog, Hershey was speedy.
The trainer couldn’t be more proud of her. Brandon likes to make dogs who had successful training wear a green collar as a form of tradition. It’s a symbol of the dog’s hard work. Hershey was ready to meet her new family.
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