Our little Houdini puppy greeted me in this spot to my surprise in the first few weeks we had him. He was supposed to be gated in the kitchen but as I came down the stairs, he was sitting at the foot of them, waiting. He squeezed his little body through the gate and sat, waiting for his people. He did not try to climb the stairs.
Nowadays, there is no kitchen gate to squeeze out of because Teddy sleeps in his little bed in the living room, next to one of us who takes a turn sleeping on the couch so he has company. (Don't judge.) He sleeps peacefully all night in his dog bed and isn't squeezing through gates or searching for his family. However, he has discovered that he can climb the stairs.
He's done it a couple of times now- and mind you, it is a big flight of stairs that involve a smaller set, then a landing, then a large staircase that is wooden floors and not conducive to little paws. Slippery. Steep. I cannot believe he's done it. We aren't putting a gate there so I'm trying to figure out ways to keep him from climbing.
Enter Hello Kitty. She is a Valentine's decoration that I was putting out last week. Teddy was sniffing her and investigating when she toppled over on top of him. Since then, he's been petrified of her. He runs the other ways when he sees her. His fur stand on end. I was sure that placing her on the steps would keep him far away.
It didn't. My daughter's JoJo robe was on the landing near Hello Kitty and Teddy pushed his fear aside to secure the JoJo robe. Then climbed higher. I found him near my son's room.
The only solution seems to be constant supervision of him to make sure he isn't climbing the stairs. All of the sudden, this pup seems more bold, ready to try new experiences. His nervous nelly mom (me) does not like him climbing big staircases. Compromise will have to be reached- maybe with supervision, he can do one climb a day.
I guess even dogs enjoy the climb....
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski