In one house Spencer often visits that has stairs going to the basement/garage area, he goes up and down all of the time. However, the steps going upstairs are a different story. Thinking about the way the pup studies and analyzes everything I can understand why. Unlike the other stairs, he can see through the steps down to the floor and to him that is just not right. Pup, you are going to have to realize that going up and down steps like these will not hurt you.
Update: Amie tells me that when Spencer was younger the very first time he encountered a staircase of see-through steps someone came over and started petting him while he was afraid. She had asked the person to not pet him while he was afraid, however they continued to pet him and sweet-talk him. That was like saying,” good dog for being afraid. I agree with the way you are feeling right now.” Hmmmm, going to really have to work on getting him over this.
We had tried treats to get him to go up, but no go. He cared more about his life than eating. I finally just took him by the collar and pulled him up the first two steps. At first he shook, however once he got past the third step he thought best to get to the top. I was careful not to laugh, sweet-talk or pity him or it would have made him even more scared. Staying strong for him is what he needed to feel from me.
When Spence got to the top he did one if his Pitbull happy dances and gave me kisses. He was so glad to be up.
Spencer was up and after a while we realized he was not coming down, even though everyone else had been downstairs for a while. Oh boy, time to show him coming down will not hurt him either.