Walking up and down stairs is generally fine for medium breed adult dogs, but there are some cases where it is best to avoid taking the stairs, if possible. We have compiled a list of some key safety tips. Be sure to share this article with any dog owners who have multiple levels in their house!
- Keep a close eye. Always pay close attention to your senior dog or puppy when they are navigating the stairs. You need to be nearby in the event of any issues. It is important to note that a dog with a reluctance to using the steps can also be a good indication of a health issue. Do NOT force your dog to use the stairs if they are not comfortable!
- Visibility is key. Dogs will eventually have issues with depth perception, limited mobility, and balance issues. Ensure that you are clearing the stairs of any obstacles and add a light to improve visibility.
- Grip surfaces. There are certain types of flooring that are better for dogs. Sometimes hardwood flooring can cause your dog to slip. Installing grip surfaces such as carpet or rubberized runners will help your dog gain the momentum that they need.
- Lend a helping hand. If you have any misgivings about allowing your dog or puppy to climb or descend the stairs, simply pick them up and carry them instead. If you can’t physically carry your dog, be sure that everything they need is on the main floor of your home and there’s no need to use stairs at all.
- Consider a dog ramp. Installing a dog ramp will not only make climbing up and down the stairs easier and less dangerous, but it will be easier on the joints.