Probably is "old-fahioned laziness"
I know I'm guilty of that from time to time myself. It's certainly not fear of us. She's got it good, believe me. I'm totally coming back in my next life as my dog.
I'm way more patient than my husband is about letting her whine it out. I figure when she gets herself worked up enough to get up the stairs she'll do it. However, even though I say "let her go" my dh cracks before I do and starts working with her on getting up those stairs.
Thanks for reading my sad, sorry saga, KG!