I am confused as to why you think it is dangerous for them to climb stairs? I have had dachshunds for 23 years and have never had a problem with any of them climbing stairs! The only hurdle they have to get over is when they start to get longer as puppies to learn to navigate them, it's a shame for them but quite amusing at times. I have 2 standard long hair and they have to climb them in one go without stopping. I also have a minature smooth, I won't let her jump down from the sofa onto the hard floor but that is purely because of the impact it has on her joints. They are very robust wee souls. Hope this reassures you.Hi Rondo's Mum,
Our 5 month old has just mastered the stairs too and though she has no trouble, everything you read advises you to be cautious of stairs. It is a worry. It would be great if someone could offer the wealth of their experience.
My personal experience is that mine was fine as long as he was going upstairs, but suffered muscle strain when he started coming down - which makes sense because gravity causes the spine to curve in a completely unnatural way on the descent. I've managed to train him to not come down on his own now. I'd certainly go along with those who err on the side of caution and carry their dachshunds up and down stairs.My almost 5 month old buddy has started to climb the stairs. Is this safe for this breed? Should I really try to curb his climbing and jumping?
My advice...get one that is easy to open one handed, as I have them at the bottom of the stairs and into the kitchen...stair one is easy but the kitchen, there must be some very bright kids out there to undo this oneGreat information and input......think i am off to get a baby gate! i will let you know how it goes!
living in a town house with quite a few stairs..about 16..i think it is best that they neighther go up or down the stairs.
my heart would break if anything happened to them!