Husky Puppy Afraid to Descend Stairs, Despite Treat Temptation

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In this video, Paul Mather films his attempts to get his adorable husky pup Dakota over her fear of going down the stairs. He uses treats to persuade Dakota, but while she is interested in those that are easily reached, she's not willing to try for any treat that necessitates descending past her comfort zone.

In the information on his YouTube video, Mather asks viewers to comment with any advice they have to help train Dakota on the stairs. While I don't make YouTube comments, I like Cesar Milan and other noted dog trainers' advice of gently, confidently and without hesitance leading the dog down the stairs on a short lead. I've done that with both my dogs and Milan is correct: if the trainer slowly but steadily leads the dog down the stairs once or twice, giving him treats and praise at the bottom, he's generally overcome his fear enough to try the stairs on his own next time. 


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