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Raena too gravitates towards the smallest dogs at the dog park, I think in her mind she's still that teeny lil thing that could set herself on the tops of my feet to keep herself off the cold ground during our 2 am january potty breaks.  I know she would never hurt a fly (okay she accidently squished a cricket dead trying to play with it), but I do worry that she might accidently squish one of those little dogs with her big, goofy feet!

I think that some small dog owners just don't bother with training.  A dog that small can be physically controlled, no big deal when it pulls on the lease, can be scooped up "out of harms way" etc.  With a big breed you get to a point (very quickly) where you can't physically control your lunging, pulling, wiggly beast of a puppy and you have to start training.  That's where we're at with Raena.  I'll admit we were a little lazy with training at first, but as soon as we realized she'd outweigh me in a few more months we signed her bratty butt up for class LOL.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: My nemesis: the stairs
« on: May 20, 2009, 05:01:18 pm »
Yes, I have considered trying some stairs outside at a park or something, since she just super stoked and uber-excited when we're out and about somewhere, thinking I could perhaps trick her into going up the stairs with out even really thinking about it. Unfortunately she was spayed a week and a half ago so she's kinda been on excitement lockdown, but her incision has looked way better the past few days so I can prolly stop being overprotective mom and let her go to the park again.

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: My nemesis: the stairs
« on: May 20, 2009, 04:09:31 am »
Well we did have a breakthrough of some sort last night. We've been putting her on the landing of the stair case where theres only 5 or 6 more steps to the top.  She sat down and looked at us like "Why are you making me do this?" Then she just decided screw it, I'm going for it! and just launched herself up the few stairs to the top.  Not the most graceful climbing I've ever seen, but then again being a gawky mastiff puppy she doesn't do much of anything gracefully!  I think we'll just keep coaxing her up with tastier and tastier treats, thank god she's food motivated!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / Re: My nemesis: the stairs
« on: May 19, 2009, 03:21:30 am »
Luckily our stairs are carpeted, so we don't have to worry about the slipage as much.  And if we could go back in time and not buy this 2 story money pit (thanks alot economy) we would! But for now we're stuck with stairs.  We just can't bear to leave her to sleep downstairs when she's been sleeping upstairs with us.  We'll keep working on it, sounds like it does just take time. I think I will try to use the leash, sounds like it may give them some sense of safety. 

Thanks for all the input!

Behavior, Housebreaking, Obedience / My nemesis: the stairs
« on: May 18, 2009, 12:31:35 pm »
So any helpful tips on getting your dog to go up and down stairs?  Started carrying Raena up and down the stairs when we first brought her home (worried about her growing joints, hurting herself etc.). . .but that was 5 months and 65 lbs ago LOL.

Thanks in advance

PS we've tried treats, praise and patience but that's only got us up to first stair

Thank you all for the warm welcome! Loving all your cute big paws too!  I'm sure I'll start to settle in and get comfortable after a few more posts.

Thanks again

Hello everyone, I'm a total forum newbie so bear with me. . . Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm Kristen and owned by a sweet, now 6 month old English Mastiff girl named Raena.  I've been lurking around the site since we got Raena at the end of December 08, but haven't had the guts to actually post anything until now.  Just wanted to say thanks, the forum has proved invaluable over the past six months.

I tried (unsuccessfully)to post some pics, so I figured it was easier to just provide a link to my web album of our monster. Enjoy!

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