When you’re young, every new adventure – like learning how to ride a bike or learning how to swim – can seem so big. But when you have overcome the fear, you find that doing these things is actually fun.
Humans are not the only ones who feel uncertain about taking on something new. A seven-week-old yellow Labrador puppy felt the same way when he went down the stairs on his own for the first time.
The puppy, named Kahlua, just turned seven weeks old. Dad thought it was the perfect time to let the pup learn how to go down the stairs. He recorded the dog’s milestone on video.
The video shows the Labrador puppy at the top of the stairs. With some prodding from dad, Kahlua made it through the first step.
The puppy looked at the next step. It seemed more difficult than the first; the first step was wide, but the second one was narrow.
He put his right paw out, testing if he could do it. The dog managed to get his front legs down, but he slipped a little. As a result, he made it a few steps down. He was unharmed, but he began to feel afraid.
Dad encouraged him to keep going down. Dad praised him for every step he conquered.
About halfway through, Kahlua seemed to have realized how far he still needed to go to make it to the bottom of the stairs. He barked at his dad as if to tell him it’s too far down.
Dad continued to encourage him. “You can do it,” he kept telling the pup. And sure enough, the brave puppy made it all the way down safely. He got a cookie as a reward for his feat.
Kahlua’s dad made it clear that pups less than four months old should not be allowed to go down the stairs on their own. For Kahlua’s case, it was just a one-time activity to mark his seventh week. He wasn’t allowed to do it again until he was old enough to do so.
“I’m proud of you, buddy,” dad told the Labrador puppy. Watch Kahlua in the video below.
Source: Chris Credendino via YouTube