Staircases can be a hazard for small dogs. In addition to the danger of falling, repeated trips up and down the stairs leads to joint stress.

It’s widely known among parents that a home is not designed with a baby’s safety in mind, but what about the safety of your fur babies? Statistics show that a number of home factors may be an overlooked safety hazard for your pup, and one of them is your staircase.

The risks of climbing stairs lie not only in the potential for falling, but also in added stress on a small dog’s joints. Daily trips up and down the stairs may cause premature joint wear. Here are some numbers to put it in perspective for our four-legged friends, published in this article by Care2.

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Take into consideration that the average height of each step is 8 inches, which is taller than most small-breed dogs, and it’s easy to see how a home’s staircase can be a huge feat for your dog to conquer multiple times in a day.

Solutions include keeping the stairs as off-limits as you can. After your little ones are old enough to handle the stairs, keep your Stair Barrier in place to limit your dog’s access to the stairs. You can neatly roll it to the side when you and your family are home, but close it off during the day while you’re at work and your dog is home alone.

You can also minimize the stair’s impact on your dog’s body by training them not to skip the last steps in the staircase. “When running down the staircase, small dogs often disregard the last two or three steps. Training your dog to pause at the bottom of the staircase and sit before navigating the last step can help prevent injury and premature joint wear.”