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Old 08-14-2022, 12:57 PM   #1
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Elder Dog Solution?

Hi all! You have all come to my rescue many times. This time I am asking for any practical solutions to getting our beloved Great Pyrenees in and out of our Class A rig. We love this dog soooo much it's ridiculous . Can't imagine traveling without her. I have tried the ramps. She's intimidated looking down the stairs. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. Happy travels!!
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Hi all! You have all come to my rescue many times. This time I am asking for any practical solutions to getting our beloved Great Pyrenees in and out of our Class A rig. We love this dog soooo much it's ridiculous . Can't imagine traveling without her. I have tried the ramps. She's intimidated looking down the stairs. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. Happy travels!!

You might try practicing. Lay the ramp on the ground flat and let her go back forth. Put in on the first step of the motorhome and let her use it that way for a while. Raise it the next step, and let her get comfortable. Repeat. What ever treat she likes the best use that as a reward. Encouraging words help, make a game out of it.

You might have to get a harness that you help/steady her.
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Old 08-14-2022, 01:27 PM   #3
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You said you have tried a ramp, and you said she is intimidated looking down the stairs. Is she afraid of going up the ramp too I take it?
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Is there a special dog treat she likes? Maybe put it at the other end of the ramp.
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Old 08-14-2022, 01:46 PM   #5
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She’s less intimidated going up. Still a struggle though.
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Maybe put half her meal up at the top, then when she is done, half at the bottom? If she will go up and down for such a high reward (her food) keep doing this for a while to get her more and more used to good things happening when she goes up and down?
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One of our previous GSD's had mobility problems, and I used something this dog sling support:
https://www.amazon.com/LOOBANI-Porta.../dp/B07L3VLH5S
Maybe something like this would help your dog navigate the ramp.

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We just watched an episode of "Better Human, Better Dog" (Cesar Milan's new show) where a dog was afraid of shiney floors going through doors. I would think that a dog's fear of going through or across something is the same regardless of the "obstacle," so perhaps his solution would work for your dog.

He simply put a normal leash on the dog's collar, went through the door first, then applied a constant pressure on the leash. He was not trying to pull the dog, he was simply applying a taught pressure enough to resist the dog not moving forward. He did not talk to the dog, he just quietly held the leash taught. It took about 45 seconds the first time for the dog to move forward through the opening. The process needed to be repeated numerous times, but it wasn't too long before the dog just started to do it on its own.

You have to be confident and not fearful for the dog. Your state of mind is picked up by the dog.

You mention elderly, but not if the dog had pain issues causing the fear/hesitancy. If it's pain, that's something different.

Cesar Milan is the absolute and undisputed dog leader, IMO.
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If your dog is in pain go to Nzymes.Com. My Aussie was chewing his hip a lot, and Aussies do get hip dysplasiar. I researched and found Nzymes online. He no longer chews on his hip. Check that sight out. Their products have helped animals walk again.
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How steep are the ramps that have been tried? Perhaps a longer ramp and less incline would help.

I'm on a similar quest for my 80 pound lab. Been carrying her up the stairs which isn't easy!
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You might try practicing. Lay the ramp on the ground flat and let her go back forth. Put in on the first step of the motorhome and let her use it that way for a while. Raise it the next step, and let her get comfortable. Repeat. What ever treat she likes the best use that as a reward. Encouraging words help, make a game out of it.

You might have to get a harness that you help/steady her.
When we went to a ramp this is what we did to get her over her anxiety of the ramp

Incline makes a big difference also.
Less steep/easier to get use to, especially for a dog that is elder
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Thanks everyone for your replies. Still working on it.
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How steep are the ramps that have been tried? Perhaps a longer ramp and less incline would help.

I'm on a similar quest for my 80 pound lab. Been carrying her up the stairs which isn't easy!
And wider. Let the dog go up the nice wide ramp and steps, then go sit outside with some treats and just let the dog learn and deal with the steps and ramp. Just ignore the dog and let it come out at it's own pace.."no touch,no talk, no eye contact."
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Get down on the level of the dog and look at what the dog is seeing. That may give a clue to the approach to use.

Also, either you or your significant other, get in front of the dog and demonstrate how it is done, multiple times. Have the other person hold the leash and encourage the dog to give it confidence. Go up and down the ramp in demonstration while encouraging the dog to maneuver the ramp.

The idea of a gradual increase on the incline is excellent advice. Creating confidence in the dog is vital. Visual problems are common in older dogs. It is possible there are cataracts and the visual is not a clear as you might expect.
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