I'm not going down those cellar steps, and that's final !!

Discussion in 'General Mastiff Discussion' started by Pastor Dave, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Pastor Dave

    Pastor Dave Well-Known Member

    Chev Top of Stairs.jpg Even offering a treat to our big boy will not lure him down the basement steps...he just refuses to enter the cellar, finished as it is. I saw him looking down at me, so I grabbed my camera from my desk and took a picture. Chev and Coal were alone most of the morning as I had a service at a nursing home today...little lesson John 1:12 "Yet to all who receive Him he gives the right to be called children of God" (everyone is God's creation but everyone is not His child)...anyway, bravery is not on the menu when it comes to the basement steps. I understand this is quite common among our mastiff owners. True ???
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  2. glen

    glen Super Moderator Staff Member

    One of my rottweillers wouldnt go down our stairs, i tried everything, so i wondered what was so scarey,
    I got on my hands and knees and wents down the stairs head first, it was horrible, so scarey, beauford was watching but still wouldnt follow, i can understand after doing it why some dogs just wont do it.
    Hes so stunning
  3. DennasMom

    DennasMom Well-Known Member

    Our first dog (Rott/GSD/Pyrn mix) never had to do more than 5 steps at a time, just the front porch of the ranch style house we lived in.... for the first 5 years of his life, anyway...

    Then we were staying with friends in their attic for a while, and our pup was happy to climb the stairs to be with us, but WOULD NOT go down the skinny, steep steps to save his life. We had to load him into his crate and slide the crate down the steps to get him back outside. LOL. He ended up sleeping outside for a few weeks until we finally moved into a first floor condo, temporarily (we were relocating from VA to WA at the time).

    We moved into a house a few months later... split level, so just a "normal" half-flight of stairs between the bedrooms and the living room. He had no problems with those. We've since always made it a point to work with our puppies on stairs training.

    So... going down steps can be difficult, yes. :)
  4. Bailey's Mom

    Bailey's Mom Super Moderator Staff Member

    The look on his face reads to me: "Are You Out of Your Mind? Come Up, Save Yourself! I'll Wait Up Here to Encourage You."
  5. Pastor Dave

    Pastor Dave Well-Known Member

    I was one winter clambering along a creek bank and a woman yelled at me, "Save yourself !!" Your comment makes me smile.

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