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Arthritis and senior dogs

Spudsy is around 12 years old. Spudsy is a staffie and has arthritis. Like many dogs, she loves nothing more than jumping on and off sofas! We decided to try to minimise the jumping and teach her to use these steps. We could lure her up them - but that would not be her choice and she would likely jump up the steps. Instead, we go very slowly, marking and rewarding each tiny step towards the end goal. It is so important to take time, to ensure she actually uses the steps and doesn't just jump up them. This is her first attempt and we have a long long way to go yet. She needs to LOVE these steps and find them incredibly rewarding and feel so good about them that she will choose to use them. This will take time, patience and lots of short sessions.

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