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  1. #1
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    Default dog stairs vs. ramp?

    Hi, I have, or rather bf has, a Min Pin that is not able to jump up on the sofa and our bed any more. She will stand by the furniture she wishes to be on and bark. Does anyone have any recommendations for dog stairs or is a ramp better?

    Karen

    Ps. Yes said dog is a bit of a "princess".
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    My rat terrier is the runt of the litter and only grew to 11".
    She is too small to jump, not that she can't, but she really should not jump on and off beds as many times as she was doing.
    I got one of those furniture long boxes that are like a seat and when you open them, have two more smaller boxes in there.
    I put the big box on the end of the bed and one of the smaller ones by it, the other in front of the recliner she likes to use.

    I don't know if the minpin can use those, or if you need a ramp.
    Dog marketed stairs themselves seem a bit steep, with small steps for dogs and they have more trouble with them, takes a bigger effort to go up them and they tend to jump off half way down.
    If a ramp to get on the bed, it really needs to be a long one, like those that have two parts to them, that are not very steep.
    On furniture like chairs/sofa, the straight, shorter ramp may do.
    Those boxes open up and you can store stuff in them.
    Here she is, modeling the made up steps for you:

    http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a2...o/IMG_2908.jpg

    There are also some models that do both, are steps and ramps, here is one:

    http://www.ohmydogsupplies.com/dog-p...tair-ramp.html
    Last edited by Bluey; Nov. 7, 2011 at 10:23 AM.



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    My doxen mix was having trouble jumping onto the couch or bed for a while and I got the stairs for her, and they've been fine. But she weighs in at about 16 pounds and I imagine the min pin is quite a bit smaller. I think in your case I might go for the ramp, as the steps seem to be close to standard stair step sized.

    She DID only use the stairs for going up, and not at all for going down.
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    If she can't get into something due to age/infirmity then I'd recommend a ramp as opposed to stairs. Stairs can still irritate/be painful for aging dogs or dogs with injuries. A ramp is kinder and gentler to old joints.

    If it's just a height thing, stairs. They take up less space.

    If she's a JRT and healthy, a little trampoline.
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    My vet recommended a ramp over stairs for my sister's older Yorkie, who has bad legs/hips, saying jumping up/down even small stairs is still a problem. Of course, he's small enough to simply pick up, and that's mostly what she does.

    Has anyone tried the commercially available car ramps, sold at Petsmart? I kinda need to help my 60lb dog into the car, and keep looking at that. But it's not cheap, and I'm not sure it'd work.



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    I have this one from there:
    http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753714
    I have the biggest one, IIRC it holds up to 300 lbs. It worked great for my really oversized dogs. However it's still pretty big when folded up so you kind of need a decent sized space in the vehicle to store it if you need to take it with you. Maybe the medium size one isn't as large?

    Meanwhile I just saw this when googling dog ramps, how cute is this?
    http://k9psych.com/pics/dackelramp1.jpg
    You jump in the saddle,
    Hold onto the bridle!
    Jump in the line!
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    wow, the ramp pictured in the just previous post is awesome.....

    i tried the foam filled doggie steps...they are very unsteady and the foam is too squishy for good support...........then i realized i had the best doggie steps ever......my set of plastic mounting blocks!...so, now i have one next to the bed, and one outside..........works great..........

    not so good for getting the big dogs inot the car,though......a ramp is still best for that



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