On the social media site, Reddit, user Shizaitseliza shared a heart melting video of her mother’s elderly pup learning how to use stairs to climb off and on her owner’s bed.
“My mom’s 16 y/o dog (Weeble) cannot jump on/off her bed anymore, so I’m teaching her to use these new stairs. She is a good doggo and I love her very much.”Reddit video
The video shows Weeble being tempted by treats while being urged to climb the steps so she can spread out and make herself comfortable on the bed’s comforter – her obvious preferred sleeping spot near her mom.
According to Newsweek, the original poster replied after realizing the video had gone viral, saying it was the least they could do for Weeble. She also added she had been working on ways to make her mother’s house friendlier for the aging pooch.
Of course, came the comments with the most adorable “oohs and aahs” to be imagined. Some words of advice followed and for the most part dispelling the “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks” expression. Dr. Mary Burch, director of the American Kennel Club Family Dog program, believes that with patience and creativity, and as long as the dog’s cognitive and physical abilities are still functional, there is absolutely no reason that old dogs can’t be taught new behaviors.
So do tell… does your dog sleep in bed with you at night? Do you think you lose sleep while your dog sleeps in bed with you?
Aren’t senior dogs just the best?
Please share your thoughts – maybe more folks will adopt some of the most precious senior pets still waiting to be adopted in shelters across the country.
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