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It’s been a couple years now since our dog was a puppy, but I still remember when he was afraid to go down stairs.
He’d sort of peer down the steps and scamper nervously from side to side a bit, and eventually plant his butt firmly on the ground and resist taking the next step.
So we’d cajole and encourage him, saying “C’mon DJ! You can do it!” And eventually, one day, he did make it down the stairs.
Of course, this sort of encouragement is…
by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.