I'd be interested in how you taught dogs to climb ladders. Our basement has such steep stairs, it's about the incline/decline of a ladder, and Darwin can't (or is to scared to try) to get down.
i don't think you do....Please NO one attack me for this and also remember i was about 24years old at the time and ignorance is bliss, i didn't know any better hahahhahaa and these dogs were my shadows
I put the ladder on the side of my house. we had a small one story cottage type of house with a flat roof. the dogs would whine while we were working on the roof doing our new addition.
I then sweet talked them and well they followed me up with my ex husband behind them. we encouraged them every step of theway
NOW this took about 7 or so tries till they completed the whole ladder in 2 days. they would go up a bit and we'd praise them, then have them go down. Finally they completed the whole ladder. Going down is scary for them.
NOW with a pool ladder do the same thing...try resting it against the house or shed or whatever since its not more than 5 or 6 ft. If that doesn't work use treats then OR hahhaha wait till spring and i'll let you know if theis works with Max and Peanut hahhahahaa
This way they got used to the ladder rungs.