Well we had to spend some time in the shelter this weekend and I learned something, the dogs do NOT want to go up and down those stairs. The tornado probably would have hit before I got them and myself down there(thank God it was a mile North of us)
So I have something new to work on this week but want some ideas. First the stairs don't have any back(no risers) to them so its just wood treads all the way down. That freaks them out going up because they can see through but going down that shouldn't be the issue and the kids and wife were already down there, with the lights on, encouraging the dogs down so it wasn't just going into a dark hole. So it may just be a matter of teaching them to go up and down stairs.
After it was all over we tried to encourage them up, one made it and two wouldn't budge even with treats, bumpers, toys, at the top and had to be carried.
So short of building a carpeted ramp to lay over the stairs for them to run up and down, any ideas?