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Post by BugsBunny on Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:21 pm

Just wondering how other peoples house rabbits get on with using the stairs?. We have a fairly steep stairs and it is also open at one side as we have like wood beam panels going up, I am going to mesh them off so that when Dougals space expands and he gets the full range of the house that he does not fall thorugh the gaps. I was just wondering how other people went on when there's first used stairs and does everyones house rabbit?.

I read up a bit and some people say they need to be taught, others say there's use them fine and others will not at all. Sparky's humum gave me a good piece of advice to start him off at the bottom just to be safe. The reason why I want to try and get him ti sue them if it is safe is for when he needs to be put into his safe main bedroom and so he can go there for his main domain as and when he feels in case he just wants to go and relax in familar teritory etc.

Are there any hints on how to start etc? I do worry about him tumblig or leaping and I know Sparky's humum assures me non of hers haveever done it still worries me a bit. Any adive etc would be greatly appreciated.

Oh they are carpeted our stairs and tlike I said above steep.

Thanks.
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Post by gentl on Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:33 pm

The only problem I've ever had was when they were babies and that was a size thing. Like with a toddler you let them have the first few steps to practice on. Each bun we have had has had it's own unique way or using the stairs. One raced up and down with wild abandon. Lady managed to look very dignified as she took several then would pause and run back and forth on the single step before proceeding. Others had their own methods.
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Post by BugsBunny on Fri Aug 16, 2013 11:15 am

Thanks Holly. I just needed reassuring. Very Happy 
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Post by Velvet.Tears on Fri Aug 16, 2013 12:27 pm

Paris used to race up and down the stairs she thought it was great fun
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Post by KatieB on Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:00 pm

Charlie uses the stairs just fine (when the little monkey sneaks in!)

I think he will be just fine :-)


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Post by paullp on Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:06 pm

Patch used to zoom up and down the stairs when he was indoors, Myrtle is very cautious with stairs as she sometimes slips on them so has learnt to go up quite quickly but come down very slowly.
I'm not sure if she goes up whilst we are out but when she goes up when we are in she will usually wait for us to watch her going down.

Watching Myrtle go down stairs reminds me of a slinky spring going down stairs!
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Post by Sparky on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:31 pm

Layla is desperate to get upstairs Laughing 

She's done a little demonstration video for Dougal:

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Post by Thumper2001 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:38 pm

None of my buns have ever had a problem with the stairs. Thumper went up and down them no bother, no introduction necessary.

Molly and Junior's pen at the SSPCA had stairs up to the eating/sleeping area so they arenwell practiced! They bomb up them on a daily basis. Molly is hilarious, she goes down them at speed in a zig zag Laughing Junior is quite slow coming down them but I think it's because he has a big bum and is worried about it overtaking his head LaughingLaughingLaughing
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Sat Aug 17, 2013 4:40 pm

We don't have any stairs here hun but when I did, they used to cimb up and down with no problem. I would shout "bed bed bed"and they would all go upstairs. They would come down on their own in the morning.

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Post by Ruffin on Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:31 pm

mine have allways been OK ruffin used to strugle down the stairs but that was only for a few days untill she got used to them:)
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Re: Rabbits and stairs- help

Post by cheryl'n'bruce'flo on Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:36 pm

Just make sure it is not slippery floor at the bottom as this can cause joint damage.

My pair have also never had any issues with stairs.


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