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    Default Tilly is afraid of heights?

    So, I posted before about getting steps for my 5 month old Tilly, because my bed is too high for her and she's getting HEAVY to lift.

    http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Gear-Stair...et+gear+3+step

    These are the ones I got and they are perfect - the steps are wide enough for a bully, they were easy to set up, and they're perfect height for the bed.

    However, Tilly refuses to go down them. She'll go up them if we bribe her with treaties but seems pretty okay with it. If I try to get her to go down, she whines and freezes up.

    It's not just the stairs either!

    She can get in the car (a little sedan) but won't get out. It's sooo low to the ground, but Tilly refuses and makes me pick her up.


    Also, my couch is very low - maybe a foot off the ground - and Tilly learned to jump up, but will not get down. I keep finding her on the couch, stuck and crying

    It's so weird to me, because I live on the second floor of my building and she goes down the actual staircase just fine - carefully, but does it pretty well - and the stairs are much steeper than her bed stairs and obviously much scarier than my car or couch!


    Anyone else have an acarophobic bully? What can I do?

    I'm actually afraid of heights, so I don't force Tilly down anything (I understand it can be very scary!), so I try to bribe her instead. Will she get more comfortable?

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    Default Re: Tilly is afraid of heights?

    Awww. Tilly is cute. I think - like anything - practice makes perfect. Eventually, you won't be able to keep her OFF those stairs -- up and down~!

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    Default Re: Tilly is afraid of heights?

    Once she gets overly excited for something... she will jump off on her own. Try to stand across the room with treats and LET her come to you for the treat
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    Default Re: Tilly is afraid of heights?

    That's too funny I agree with 2bullymamma just keep trying once she gets over the fear she will be fine

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    That's hilarious, because, my goddog Lola does the SAME thing! Dexter is a jumper, up down...whatever. But not Lolabug....if she jumps on the couch and I get up and come back, she is standing there looking down @ the floor TERRIFIED. Could be cause my lil Lolabug is just a pretty princess, and demands to be treated as such.

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    Here she is during her last vacation at casa de bully right by her aunt Jac (me) on the couch.

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    I think I am a little jealous. We have found Mila on our BBQ islands, kitchen table and our wine barrel table. She thinks she is superman. Still hoping she doesn't Darwin herself.
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    Default Re: Tilly is afraid of heights?

    Meeko was the same.. he is 5 months too and weighin in at nearly 3stone i couldnt do it no more. So i just left him lol at first he would cry and i just ignored him until he eventually found his own way off the sofa and down the stairs! Hes a pro at it now xx

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    Default Re: Tilly is afraid of heights?

    Awww your babies are all so precious! I'm glad Til isn't the only one. I've tried leaving her, but I'm scared she'll go potty on the couch... hahaha

    Plus it's just so sad to watch. She went up the bed stairs with no treats (but LOTS of encouragement) pretty well the other day! So down must not be far off.. right?

    They're very sturdy stairs, I even used them to show her that they're safe... but she won't.

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    Default Re: Tilly is afraid of heights?

    Quote Originally Posted by hnhammond View Post
    So down must not be far off.. right?
    Ummmmm...... Well.... Good luck LOL!! Id still be pickin Meeko up now but with a baby in 1 arm and a bully in the other goin down the stairs it just wasnt safe! He soon learnt tho & i think they just test us to see how long they can get away with it for cos when Meeko had no choice he done it quite well whereas when id give in and carry him he wouldnt even go down the stairs with me encouraging him with treats x

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