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10-year-old Border Collie mix has started climbing into the treehouse!

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The treehouse is not too high off the ground, the dog has jumped from it to the ground with ease, but should I be concerned about his safety?  He's figured out that he can get closer to the squirrels he loves to chase and bark at if he's higher up.  He climbs up and down the ladder now, and seems very adept, but he is getting older.  Should I assume that because he is doing it he can handle it?  He really has a great time up there.  I can also tell he's thinking about trying out the attached slide, but I tell him "no" and he backs off.  That, I am definitely not comfortable with.  He is such a funny dog, I have never seen him do anything like this before!

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Wow, that just begs f or a video! My treeing walker hound cross is always trying to climb the rope ladder bt she never gets very far; she hasn't gotten anything hurt but her pride though. How high up is your treehouse?
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I think it would depend mostly on his health. My dogs train with 6ft walls and I've seen other dogs do 8 feet. If he's having fun I say let him do it?

I too would like to see video! orngbiggrin.gif

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Thanks for the replies.  The treehouse is about 5 feet high.  He really can jump down pretty easily if he wants, but mostly uses the ladder.  He seems to be in pretty fantastic physical shape for his age, no aches and pains and far as I can tell.  He's up there all the time now, I don't think I could get him to stop if I tried!  This is his new "job" and he is thrilled to be on squirrel patrol all day. 

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I had a dog once that loved to go down slides.  I figured as long as he could get himself up the stairs/ladder, he was good to go down!

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