Sherman’s never been one to jump in and out of out car. He prefers to be gently lifted. Sherman doesn’t realize that there’s nothing gentle about lifting a giant dog into an SUV but he tries to cooperate as much as he can.
Leroy’s always been one to hop right into the car.
No assistance needed.
He reminds me of a jack rabbit.
One quick hop and he’s in.
It’s the most graceful thing he does and giant dogs shouldn’t be able to jump that way.
Well both the boys and I are getting older and quick hops and lifting giant dogs isn’t getting any easier so we needed to look for something better for all involved.
I knew that a ramp was the answer because they offer so many benefits.
Here’s 4 Benefits Of Having A Dog Ramp For Big Dogs
1. Less stress on joints. It’s not so much the jumping up part but the jump down part that can be hard on a dog’s joints. Any dog’s joints, but especially a giant breed dog or a senior dog, their joints need to be handled with care and having a dog ramp can reduce a lot of stress on those fragile joints. This is true for large and giant breed puppies also. The less stress on the joints when they are growing the better.
2. Dog Injuries. Leroy missed a jump into the car a few months back and he hasn’t forget about it. Luckily he wasn’t injured but he’s very hesitant to jump in and has to gauge it for several minutes before he will take a leap. He’s not a fan of being helped either so this made things a bit more trying. Not to mention- it’s not safe when it’s raining or snowing out for a dog to jump in a car.
3. Human injuries. Despite my stubbornness, I can only lift so much anymore and when I lift more than my body is suppose to I pay the price dearly for several days after. I’ve learned the hard way several times. At 110 pounds I struggle to lift a 160 pound dog who doesn’t want to be helped. I had a big wake up call when Leroy was sick and he couldn’t get into the car by himself and there was only me left to get him in. If I couldn’t get him in he couldn’t get to the vet. I don’t ever want to feel that helpless ever again AND I don’t ever want to ache that way again.
4. Diversity. A dog ramp can be used for more then a car or SUV. A dog ramp can help dogs go up small flights of stairs, for beds, for grooming tables, for bath tubs and basically anything that a dog needs to get onto or into. I plan on using ours for the SUV and the grooming table.
We’ve been using the Solvit Deluxe XL Telescoping Ramp for the last few weeks.
I picked this particular ramp to try because I liked that it was 3 inches wider then the regular Deluxe Telescoping Ramp, which I thought would be best for Sherman.
The extra length of the XL model provides a flatter angle for easier climbing. The extra width gives larger dogs more room and thus more confidence when using the ramp.
The unique construction of the XL model gives it the best combination of size, strength and light weight on the market. Even though it’s “oversized” it still weighs only 18 lbs, and it supports over 300 lbs. It’s also very compact, making it easier to use and store.
It extends from 47″ to 87″ and anywhere in between. Use it fully extended for heights up to 36 inches – SUVs, pickup trucks, grooming tables, etc. Shorten the ramp when space is limited or when the upper surface isn’t as high – the Deluxe XL Telescoping Pet Ramp is many ramps in one!
The telescoping design is the secret to making this ramp so easy to use – just slide it out to use and slide it in to stow. No clumsy folding and unfolding required. A high-traction walking surface gives pets a sure footing, especially on steep climbs.
The ramp also includes a convenient carry handle, and safety release latch to prevent accidental opening. The ultra-stiff design utilizes four rubber feet to keep the ramp stable while in use.
I’m in love with this dog ramp.
It’s so easy to use and weighs only 18 pounds which is about 140 pounds less then one of my dogs.
Sherman likes it too.
It only took him a few minutes to get familiar with it and up he went.
This is his first try:
We laid the ramp on the ground first and had Sherman walk across it laying flat.
I had to use a few treats to assure him the dog ramp wasn’t going to attack him.
After he walked across it a few times we set it up on our SUV and I walked up it first to make sure it was safe. I may have bounced on it a little bit just to make extra sure. It felt nice and stable so I placed some treats in the back of the car to entice Sherman and up he went without hesitation.
It was super easy and super safe.
We’re still working on Leroy who totally walked around the ramp and jumped in the car with me attached to the other end of the leash. Apparently he didn’t have time to walk up the pet ramp when a car ride was waiting for him. So he’s a work in progress, as always.
If you don’t think a ramp is good fit there’s also dog steps that fold down and dog steps that swivel.
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