"Of course, not every single dog needs a dog ramp, but many dogs do. In fact, you may be surprised at the number of dogs who could really benefit from a little extra help getting up and down around the house."
Your Dog Advisor
- Older Dogs – their joints have taken a beating over the years and will benefit significantly from a ramp or stairs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use a dog ramp or stairs by the bed?
Both dog ramps and dog stairs can be used to help your dog get onto the bed. Stairs provide more space-saving options for dogs that can use them easily. Ramps can be bought to collapse and fit under the bed when not in use.
Are dog ramps or dog stairs good for getting my pet into my vehicle?
Yes, a dog ramp and stairs are great for helping your dog get into your vehicle. For trucks, SUVs, and vans, stairs may provide the best option for dogs who can navigate them. However, both ramps and stairs can be used to help dogs enter and exit a vehicle of any kind.
Is there a dog ramp/stairs combination I can buy?
If you have space, a smart option for different dogs or the same dog is to buy a combination dog ramp/stairs unit. These dual functioning pieces provide the benefits of both ramps and stairs and can easily be found to purchase.
Do I need to train my dog to use ramps and stairs?
Some dogs may instinctively know how to use a ramp or stairs, while others will need training or coaxing. The American Kennel Club suggests using rewards and positive re-enforcement to train dogs to use these devices. Ultimately, your dog should feel confident and safe while using the stairs or ramp so they can use it with or without your presence.