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6. Fear of Stairs

Definition Absent Very Mild Mild Moderate Severe
Hurries, refuses, or hesitant on stairs: closed stairs, open back stairs, open grate stairs, up stairs, down stairs
  • Is relaxed getting on, or going up and down stairs of all types
  • Very mild signs of avoidance when approaching or walking on stairs
  • Signs may include:
    1. slight hesitancy to step on
    2. very mild hurrying on stairs
    3. very mild tense body language
  • Maintains Work
  • Mild signs of avoidance when approaching or walking on stairs
  • Signs may include:
    1. mild hesitancy to step on with mild transient compression
    2. mild hurrying on stairs
    3. mildly tense body language
  • Improves with subsequent exposures
  • Maintains Work
  • Moderate signs of avoidance or concern when approaching or walking on stairs
  • Signs may include:
    1. balking on approach
    2. attempts to jump off
    3. hurrying up then whining and hesitant to go down
    4. placing front feet on stairs but not rear feet at first then getting on stairs
    5. compresses when moving on stairs
    6. rushes to exit
    7. not comfortable matching speed to handler or waiting on stairs.
  • Interferes with ability to maintain work
  • Fearful when approaching or walking on stairs
  • Signs may include:
    1. hesitancy, hurrying, balking or refusal
    2. very tense body language
    3. will avoid stairs or hurry when moving on them even if it results in a clearance error or other mistake that may endanger the person
    4. rushes to exit
  • Does not maintain work
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