I have a 1 year old Siberian Husky named Kira who we’ve had since she was a small puppy, we’ve raised her in this same apartment since we got her. Shes had no fears of stairs what so ever, shes always gone up and down great until recently our apartment complex replaced our old stairwell with a new black one. The morning of the day they changed the stairwell i took her outside and she was just fine (it was still the old stairwell) then the workers came and replaced the old stairs with the new stairs. I took her outside again once they were finished and she absolutely FLIPPED out when she got to the bottom two steps. She was crying, yelling hollaring like she was scared to death. All 4 feet fly out from under her and she skimpers away crying. Same goes for when she goes back up the stairs, she gets to the bottom and flips out again. Recently its become even worse where she doesnt even want to leave the apt to go outside and resists even heading back in the direction of the stairs outside
On the new stairs you cant see through to the ground, theres a wall at everystep, imagine a carpet stairwell in a house, just with stone and black metal hehe the old stairs had a gap inbetween the stairs that allowed you to see the botom. She has no problem going up or down the stairs once she passed the bottom 2 steps. Shes deathly afraid of the bottom flat part by the stairs and the bottom 2 steps. Ive tried taking her down slowly and stickin with her to show her its ok step by step but she will not hang out at the bottom even for treats. Depending where we’re at she will turn around on the stairs and run back to the top to avoid the bottom few steps.
oh and the new stairwell was put in about 3 months ago