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Posted: 07/28/19 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Velcro some cloth backing to the backside of the steps. One of our dogs had a similar issue and once we blocked out the gap he goes right up and in.


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Dogs look at open backed steps differently than we do. Had the same issue with out rescue chow / lab mix. he was terrified of going up he steps into out truck camper (we have 5 steps not 3). Soon as I cut pieces of Masonite to block off the 'see thorough' part of the steps, he went right in. We put his food dish in the to entice him a bit too. he's a big guy, 118 pounds so the steps flex a bit when he uses them but he pays that no mind.

I think if you block off the 'see through' part, he'll go in, especially if 'dinner' is inside. Dogs are especially food oriented. Food and routine.


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Something bad like being beaten may have happened to your dog in a trailer. Reward the slightest try. Give him praise for even one step, then retreat and relax. Try for two steps. Don't make a big deal out of it. Most dogs will figure it out fast. Put his food and the whole family in the trailer. Put all his favorite stuff in the there. Then call him to come in. Training animals takes patience. Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard.

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Our Golden loves to amp, but hates the camper. She will go in, but cries at the door. We have a tether that we hook to the steps, and she sleeps under the camper, and is happy, and does not make a noise.


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I have a pound puppy (lab mix) that would not get into the cab of my old truck without me picking him up and putting him on the seat. It was a standard cab and he would just sit there terrified. I got a new super crew cab and when I opened the back door, he jumped in and laid down before I could even tell him to get in. I believe that his prior family had a crew cab and would punish him for getting into the front seat. He loves going for rides in the new truck.
Maybe your rescue had a similar life experience.


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If your dog has never gone in the trailer on its own the issue is likely fear of the steps. If your dog has gone in at least once on its own, perhaps it is an issue with traction just inside the trailer at the top of the steps. Did the motor home have carpet at the top of the steps and does your trailer have vinyl?

Your dog should not be able to back out of its collar; to me the collar sounds too loose and is a potential safety issue.


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One of my little dogs would not go past the shifter. Pick her up in seat, put her down in sleeper, she was fine. On the way out put her in seat.
Might carry yours inside, spend some family time. When it understands that is where the family will be might want to join...

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Many dogs are fearful of the open stairs. Buy some indoor/outdoor carpet and drape it over the steps so the open back is covered with the carpet and each step is equally covered. Secure well with bungee cords. For 3 days let the dog investigate the covered stairs without forcing. Then put a high value treat on the first step until the dog takes it. Parise, prise, praise. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. Stop for the day. Next day do the same thing. Third day, do the same thing. Fourth day, use the second step. Repeat the process for two more days. Do this until the dog goes up to the top and then put the treat just inside the trailer. All during this process just sit closely by and watch. Do not try to encourage the dog, but let him do it entirely on his own and praise after he has done it himself. Carefully observe the dog to see if he is getting bored or apprehensive. IF he is, stop for the day. It may take a month, but if you follow this carefully, the dog has a good chance of overcoming his fear of those steps.

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

Many dogs are fearful of the open stairs. Buy some indoor/outdoor carpet and drape it over the steps so the open back is covered with the carpet and each step is equally covered. Secure well with bungee cords. For 3 days let the dog investigate the covered stairs without forcing. Then put a high value treat on the first step until the dog takes it. Parise, prise, praise. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat. Stop for the day. Next day do the same thing. Third day, do the same thing. Fourth day, use the second step. Repeat the process for two more days. Do this until the dog goes up to the top and then put the treat just inside the trailer. All during this process just sit closely by and watch. Do not try to encourage the dog, but let him do it entirely on his own and praise after he has done it himself. Carefully observe the dog to see if he is getting bored or apprehensive. IF he is, stop for the day. It may take a month, but if you follow this carefully, the dog has a good chance of overcoming his fear of those steps.


I like this approach - as my elderly Cattle Dog's eyesight diminished, he was leery of open steps. We did the "drape outdoor carpet" thing, secured it with small clamps; and he was fine going in and out. I even painted a white stripe along the front edge of each step to help him discern where he was stepping.

Regarding a high-value treat: my dogs will happily sell their souls for freeze-dried liver. Jimmy gets an insulin shot every 12 hours and will remind me when it's time, because he gets a bit of liver afterward....LOL! Personally, I like the Stewart's brand of liver treats because it's sourced/produced in the USA.

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And one more thought - before you encourage the dog to enter the trailer - air it out really well? I agree that there might be a smell that triggers something fearful....

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