How can I get my dog to use the 'steps' to get on the couch?

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He’s an eleven-year-old miniature schnauzer with a disc problem and he’s not supposed to jump. I’ve tried putting a treat on every step, but he just goes around and helps himself.
The other day he got to the lounger before I could put a barrier up, jumped, and yelped in mid-air. I felt so bad. I don’t think he’s smart enough to put cause and effect together.

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4 Responses to “How can I get my dog to use the 'steps' to get on the couch?”

  1. Bewitching Blonde says:

    lead him up it a few times with a leash. answer mine?:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AkfhnfA5SOibwuPlq6lJW6nsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20110220102828AAAnfZF

    thanks and gook luck!

  2. ~Launi~My oh my~So good looking~ says:

    My 9 year old Dachshund has the same problem. There is a ramp for him (and my other short legged dogs) to use if he chooses.

    Not only is he not supposed to jump, he is also not to run or climb any stairs.

    This is the way I look at it: He loves to hunt vermin. He loves to run the fence in the action of hunting vermin. I am not going to destroy his quality of life. If his disc gives out? Then he goes down happy.

  3. EvilWench says:

    Animals have pretty good levels of self-preservation so, if he is still jumping, it probably doesn’t hurt him. I’m sure that when/if it starts to become a problem for him, he’ll use the steps.

  4. Cookie,#1 says:

    You need a helper for this. Put a leash on your dog and get on the couch. Have the helper hold the dog in position at the bottom of the steps. showing your dog a treat, coax him up the stairs while your helper keeps him from getting off the sides of the steps. Give it a name, such as "stairs", "get up", or something you can think of yourself, just make sure he is not allowed to jump off the sides. As a Miniature Schnauzer breeder for 20 years, I know he will pick this up quickly. Sorry about the disc problem, I’d not heard of that in Schnauzers before.

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