[nagdu] Hesitant on stairs

Julie J. julielj at neb.rr.com
Fri Sep 13 21:45:03 UTC 2013


I agree with the others that she is probably picking up on your hesitancy at 
the top of the stairs.  You mentioned that you don't have great balance, 
which makes me wonder if you are perhaps holding the harness handle 
differently going down the stairs?  Or if you push or pull on the harness to 
steady yourself?  I do this and Monty will notice and slow down 

I think what you are doing, giving encouragement, will work and over time 
you'll figure out how to read each other better in these situations.


-----Original Message----- 
From: minh ha
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 9:46 AM
To: nagdu at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nagdu] Hesitant on stairs

Hello all,

I hope everyone and their furry little friends are doing well. I have
a question about working down stairs. As I mentioned in an earlier
post, there are about a million and one stairs all over my campus and
they're not exactly all uniform and safe. I've noticed that Viva is
becoming very hesitant and slow whenever we go down stairs, no matter
whether they are outside or in a stair well. This is just going down
mind; she practically rockets whenever we're walking up. I don't have
the greatest balance and I get very hesitant walking down the stairs
myself so it's not a terrible thing that she's walking slower.
However, she does this thing where she would go down a few stairs and
then stop and I would have to encourage her to keep on going. I've
been overflowing with praise whenever we're going down the stairs and
it seems to help, but she's still very cautious. Is she somehow
sensing my own hesitancy and going slower to help me or is she scared
herself? Also, I'm only hesitant at the top of the stairs when we're
getting ready to go down, but once we're actually on the stairs, I'm
fine. I want to help her get rid of her fears because I don't really
want her to be afraid, but it would really help with congestion as

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty
recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity:
but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on
their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." T. E. Lawrence

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