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How To Train Your Puppy To Walk Up Stairs

Dog trainer Basil Theofanides shows off the different types of terrain that can cause problems for dogs, and how to overcome them

"Welcome guys and good morning this is going to be a fun session. We are going to take the puppies for a walk and we are going to actually expose them to a variety of situations. We’ve got a bridge and also through the slathered stairs. We take all these things for granted and the thing is the puppies don’t take these things for granted. They get really concerned; really scared so we will see how the puppies go with that."

"Okay guys, bridge time. Now the good thing about this bridge you can see through it so they’ve got this vision down there they might feel a bit unsure. We’ve also got exposure because when you come over to this section here we've got the water flow and we've also got the sound and bounce of the bridge. So all these things are great opportunities to get these puppies conditioned to this unfamiliar situation."

"All right so I think we might go chance first. Because he is deaf he needs to be shown exactly what you want him to do. That’s it you might need to use a bit of touching, look at that, look at the water going. So that’s all interesting well done Jude. Okay now Singey's next I think."

"I know he's strong just do your best to just take him over the edge for a moment. You can see he's a bit unsure there of the height. Don’t force him just relax the leash slightly, see how he’s observing. That’s it, well done and straight off to the other side."

Same thing with Timmy just take him over to the edge, let him have a little bit of a look. Now see he's unsure of the height just take him over to the edge. That’s it just relax the leash. That’s a good boy. They might feel a bit unsure of the height. Okay well done, how easy was that?"

"Okay guys here we go. Step time. Now we've got some slathered steps and this is a pretty complex situation for puppies because they can actually see through and you might think they are used to steps, I understand that but this certainly has a different complexity to it so we're going to use a lot of encouragement."

"Singey hasn’t done steps like this before has he? So I tell you what, I'll take him up first. Let's see how he responds and I’ll give you a chance to do it. So I’m going to go up first. No he’s going up. Good boy. Notice I’m not forcing him, he’s doing it all by himself and he’s learning by that experience and now that he's on there he's a happy puppy."

"Alright now we're coming down so I’m going to sit on the step like this and see if he will follow me down. Come on mate. Good boy, almost there. I think he's a champion. Now you saw what I had to do and really you shouldn’t feel uneasy about crouching down and doing those sorts of things because puppies do feel a lot more confident that way."

"I think we might go Chance next. Now because he's deaf you're going to have to show him the steps all the way. You go up Jude. Now we have to use treats a little bit with Chance because of his deafness. Good work. Now Jude you need to come back down. You come down first, bring the food down to the step so he sees where he has to walk. There he is, its a big step! Good and he gets a little reward."

"Well done, good work today. Just a couple of main points. Expose your puppies as much as possible to a variety of situations. Take advantage of the environment. If you see a pipe don’t avoid it, get your puppy to go through it. If you see something that puppy can just do a little jump over get the puppy to jump over. The idea is to get these puppies condition to as many different things that we take for granted every day. Alright, okay well done guys we will see you next time."

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.