Can Dachshunds Go Up And Down Stairs?

Owning a dachshund is like having a second shadow – they’ll follow you everywhere, whether that’s to the kitchen, bathroom, or up the stairs. While going up and downstairs isn’t something you give much thought over, especially with other dogs, this everyday activity can be harmful to dachshunds. 

So, can dachshunds go up and down stairs? Both going up and down the stairs puts pressure on your dachshund’s delicate spine, neck, and joints, so it’s best to limit their access to any exercise that involves climbing or jumping as it could cause IVDD.

Not sure how to stop your dachshund from traversing upstairs/downstairs? Don’t worry, we’ll be going over a few ways to keep your pooch on the ground floor, as well as the correct method to carry your dachshund. 

Is Going Up And Down The Stairs Bad For Dachshunds? 


Going up and down stairs can be risky for both standard and miniature dachshunds as it puts a substantial amount of strain on their spines and joints, which can contribute to the development of IVDD (intervertebral disc disease), a condition that the breed is already susceptible to.

The average stair in our homes is around 20 to 25cm high, but standard dachshunds are only around 20 to 22cm tall. Miniature dachshunds are even smaller at just 13 to 18 cm high.

Imagine climbing your staircase at home but each stair is taller than your height – it would be quite the workout every day!

Climbing up the stairs requires your dachshund to stretch their back and neck, whereas going down the stairs involves sudden jolting movements. Both of these put excessive pressure on your dachshund’s spine, neck, and joints.

In addition to going up and down the stairs, it’s unwise to let your dachshund jump and climb in general. This includes obstacle courses, jumping onto the couch or bed, and other forms of exercise that require your pooch to jump/climb.

How Can I Stop My Dachshund From Going Up The Stairs?

Dachshunds are notoriously stubborn, so preventing them from going upstairs can be challenging, especially as they love to explore. But don’t worry, there are a few ways you can stop your pooch from venturing upstairs, which we’ll be going over below.

Use A Stair Gate

The easiest way to stop your dachshund from clambering up and downstairs is to use a stair gate (a baby gate is also a good option).

Simply install the gate at the bottom of the stairs to keep your pooch safe and secure. You should also put a gate at the top of the stairs if your dachshund sleeps upstairs with you at night.

Use A Ramp

If there are any steps in your home and backyard, use a pet ramp so your dachshund can freely move around without putting strain on their joints.

Ramps are also useful for furniture like armchairs and couches, allowing your dog to cuddle up with their favorite person risk-free.

Carry Your Dachshund Up And Down Stairs

Carrying your dachshund up and downstairs is handy if your dachshund’s bed is located upstairs. Additionally, if you’re in a public area with steps, simply lifting your dachshund up and carrying them is much safer than letting them traverse up/down steps themselves.  

It’s important to know how to correctly carry your dachshund so you don’t accidentally hurt them or put unnecessary strain on their back.

You should use both hands when carrying your pooch, making sure to place one hand on their chest and the other hand under their belly or bottom. 

We’ll be going into more detail about the best way to carry your dachshund below, so be sure to stick around!

How To Safely Pick Up And Carry A Dachshund

Knowing the right method to pick up and carry your dachshund is crucial as, otherwise, you could injure them or put excessive strain on their back.

1. Use Both Hands

It’s best to use two hands to pick up your dachshund, so make sure both of your hands are free before you attempt to lift them.

Don’t use one hand to pick up your pooch or scoop them up by their front legs as this could severely injure their spine.

2. Put Your Hands In The Correct Position

When picking up your dachshund, you should place one of your hands under their chest to support their upper body and front legs.

Your other hand should go under your dog’s belly or under their rump to support their lower body.

3. Keep Your Dachshund’s Body Level

As you lift your dachshund up, you should make sure the front and back of their body is level. You should also keep your pooch’s body even when you’re carrying them – never bend or twist their spine!

4. Gently Place Your Dachshund On The Floor

Once you’re finished holding your dachshund, gently place them back on the ground. Don’t be too quick or rough – lower them down slowly until their paws meet the floor.

Avoid letting your dachshund jump from your arms or dropping them onto the floor suddenly as this will put immense pressure on their spine, increasing their likelihood of developing IVDD.

What About Furniture: Should I Get A Ramp?

ramp for dachshunds

Couches, beds, and armchairs are likely one of your dachshund’s favorite places to take a nap, especially when there’s a warm lap to snuggle upon. However, just like climbing and jumping up/downstairs, letting your pooch leap onto furniture can strain their back, neck, and spine.

While you can lift your dachshund up onto furniture, using a dog ramp is a lot more convenient as it allows your companion to freely access your bed, couch, etc, whenever they like. A ramp is also a great idea if you have steps leading into other rooms or to your backyard. 

Final Thoughts

Although dachshunds can technically go up and downstairs, it can be unsafe for them to do so on a regular basis as it puts pressure on their back, neck, and joints. As you want to keep your pooch as healthy and happy as possible, it’s best to block off their access to stairs, such as with a stair gate or ramp.

In addition, you should discourage your dachshund from climbing or jumping onto the furniture as this can also injure their back, putting them at a higher risk of IVDD. Either use a ramp or lift your pooch onto couches, beds, etc, making sure you use both hands to support their chest and bottom.