Post # 1
DH and I just got our first Doby. After a very long time of research, consideration, checking breeders, etc…. (i just want everyone to know that we take this very seriously)
So…. The “issue” –
He is 9 weeks old and right after we got him DH got hit by a drunk driver and totalled his truck (he is ok) BUT We are now a one car family and I work crazy hours- My mother who has no grandchildren has volunteered to help watch the puppy during the day (VERY grateful for!!!!)
However, She has taught him to climb the stairs and we have read that Dobermans should not climb stairs until they are 12 months old. We told her about what we read and she said that she would not let him climb anymore. BUT- Now he loves to climb.
My question is- Do we just let him do it or do we stop him? I just don’t want him to be afraid of stairs later in life if we tell him “no” now.
Thank you for your input!!!
Post # 3
I couldnt tell you if its a good idea to climb stairs or not, but a baby gate while he is a puppy should make it relatively painless to stop if if you so decide to.
From a quick google it looks like until you find out if your pup is dysplastic you should avoid stairs since it can affect when and, perhaps whether, he begins to develop symptoms as well as their severity.
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Post # 5
We have great danes, who are also prone to hip and joint problems. I’m not sure about the “12 month” restriction though. I’ve never heard it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t something that has more recently been suggested (my dogs are all over 4 years old).
I haev noticed that they go UP stairs just fine, but coming down can be tricky, especially for the older one. He does markedly better on carpeted stairs than hard wood ones.
Post # 6
Thank you all.
Yes, I am just worried that if I tell him to NOT do it now, that it will effect him in a negative way in the future.
I am excited to look at that website imalittlebirdie
Post # 7
I believe they can go up the stairs, they just can’t RUN down the stairs.
Post # 8
Its amazing my doberman survived her first few years lol she used to crash down the stairs, typically skipping the last 5 or so when she was little. shes a little bit more graceful at them now thankfully lol
why is it they arent supposed to do stairs? Ive honestly never heard it before and i thought i knew the breed fairly well.
congrats on the pup! They are amazing dogs!
Post # 9
Boudaries are good for puppies regardless of whether or not they include stairs. Invest in some $10 baby gates and keep him where you are. Our puppy didn’t go downstairs to the basement until she was at least 6 months old, just because that was off limits. In fact she spent most of her first 6 months in our kitchen – we got a sweet babygate with a walk-through door.