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Hello! I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice on what age EB's can start going up and down stairs. I have read and heard conflicting advice. We live on the 4th floor of an apartment and there is no elevator so he will have to learn to walk the stairs. When Loki was just 4 months he was walking up the 40 stairs no problem, but then we heard that this is really bad for their joints....so we have gone back to carrying him up and down the stairs. He is now 5 months old and getting pretty heavy! haha. Just wondering what you all think. Thanks!
 

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Max only goes up, and down our stairs into the house (like 2 steps), but he usually stays away from the stairs inside the house (but there has been a couple times we have caught him going up them). I really have no idea when it would be safer going up, and down the stairs? I would guess after a year, but it might be as long as 2 to give their bones time to develope. I know what you mean....Max expects/needs to be picked up to go into and out of the car. He's only 3 months, and is already over 25 pounds, and is getting heavy already.....I can't imagine being able to do this when he's 50 pounds +. I think I might have to make him some ramps.

I've been really stressed about him getting hip problems too....they are more prone to it so we have to be cautious, but I can't seem to slow Max down either. :roll:
 

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we live on a "raised" 1st floor apartment building, and if you go to the end of out hallway, there are four stairs, he takes those no problem, He's only 5 months and 30lbs, and he's SOLID! I pick him up once in a blue moon, he's just getting to cumbersome to hold, like he doesn't trust me holding him anymore! It funny to think that in considering whereever we move next, the number of stairs in the house will be taken greatly into consideration. I figure at this age, he is growing, but exercise is good for his bones, even going up the stairs, at least while he's not 50+ lbs. It's good for our bones to exercise, so why not his? I'm thinking that it's going to help him in the future, not hinder him. As for the car, he jumps in all the time, but we have pretty low cars. Gus's mom used to jump into a ford F-150 no problem (she was an abnormally tall EB though, his dad is average). Hope this helps, maybe you could get some sort of carrier? I don't know
 

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Lincoln was scared of the stairs and would literally wait until we carried him down (barking until we did) until he was like 4 months. He's 7 months old now and he seriously jets down the stairs so fast that sometimes he cuts the corner so tight his bum hits the wall below the stairs ~lol He doesnt have any probs with them at all.
 

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Francis said:
Just be careful not to be in his way when he's going down (learned from experience)!
HAHAHAHAH Its so true! I laughed out loud so hard while at work when I read that!
Lincoln is on a mission when he's running down the stairs, and one day I KNOW I will find myself on my ass!
 

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Thanks for the tip!

Loki hasn't started going down stairs yet, but after reading your "tips" I will be sure to stay out of his way...haha.
 

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Don't worry, if you have an EB you will hear him coming so you can get out of the way. If you don't hear his stomping you will hear them breathing, or oinking or whatever they do with their smooshed nose ~lol :)
 
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