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Old 08-08-2012, 02:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok...I am sorry guys...this will truly be my last post of the day! I have two questions:

When is it safe for my 10 week old spoo puppy to jump off the couch by herself? The breeder warned me about letting her jump off, and I forgot to ask how long that was an issue. I try the best I can to not let her jump off, but I have not been fast enough a few times. She can jump up there by herself, now.

Also, it is very hard to keep her from going up and down the stairs. I carry her up and down when we go to bed and when we get up, and if I see that she has gone up the stairs, I go get her and carry her back down. This is hard on her hips, right? I am so nervous she is going to hurt herself! How long should I try and prevent her from doing the stairs herself??
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I don't have spoos. I currently have toys. My breeder told me that when they are able to jump up they are sound to jump down. As far as stairs go many poodles of all sizes are willing to try climbing, but aren't quite sure about the trip down. Until she is a little older, you may want to put a baby gate in front of the stairs to halt her upward progress.
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Why do you carry her up and down the stairs? She should be fine to do stairs on her own. I carried my boy up the stairs only when he was too little/nervous to do it on his own. As soon as he started taking the stairs on his own I stopped carrying him.
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Thanks! That's good to know about if they can jump up, they are safe to get down.

We do have a baby gate...but she squeezes right under it! Uggh!
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Why do you carry her up and down the stairs? She should be fine to do stairs on her own. I carried my boy up the stairs only when he was too little/nervous to do it on his own. As soon as he started taking the stairs on his own I stopped carrying him.
I thought I remembered reading somewhere that it was bad for puppy's hips? No? She seems to handle them just fine, and is not scared to go up or down. So, if it won't hurt her hips, I am more than happy to let her do it!
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I personally would not allow a pup to jump off the couch until they are older...especially larger dogs like spoos. I allowed my mini to jump off the couch at I think 8 mo or so. My toy is still too small, he doesn't even try. As far as stairs, I've never heard anything bad about puppies using them. Raven learned to use ours almost immediately, Trevvor took a little longer but was fine once he figured it out.
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Our mini was going up and down the stairs at 4 months.. at 5 months he was jumping off our high couch and jumping back on.I figure if he can do it all by himself he's good to go.
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I barricaded my sofa from Mack so he can't jump up on it. I pull the cushion on the single lounge chair to the front to block him from jumping up.

If i forgot, the next moment i'll see him up there



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I've usually worked on the principle that able to jump up means safe to jump down, but that is with small, light weight dogs - and a fairly low slung couch. I think the kind of surface also makes a difference - carpet or a rug makes for a safer landing than a slippery hard floor - so I have heavy rugs strategically positioned where the dogs need traction.

There was a recent study that showed the best protection against HP was lots of play and free running on open grassy land while pups were very young - I will see if I can find the reference.
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Thanks, you guys! My mom is staying with the kids and dog for a couple of days and at first I thought I was going to have to ask her to carry the dog up and down the stairs. She is a bit frail, and so I am so glad to hear it's safe for the dog to do it! I just asked her to supervise the dog to make sure she gets up and down safely .

I guess this sounds goofy, but I could have sworn I read somewhere that letting a dog use stairs before a certain age pre disposed them to hip dysplasia. So glad I have you all to ask!
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