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Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

Due to arthritis, my little Rookie (a JR cross) is no longer able to jump onto the bed in our holiday apartment. If I try to help him, he becomes very agitated and nervous. Thus, I am looking for a ramp or stairs he could use to climb onto the bed, and I am wondering if anyone has one or the other which they no longer have use for. Thank you.
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

A picture is worth a thousand words!
And measurements can double that

How handy are you?
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

The height of the bed is about 60 cms which Rookie cannot now manage. I'm thinking in terms of a small removable ramp which I can place against the bed in order that Rookie can access it, or alternatively a small set of stairs for the same purpose.


I am not at all handy or technically-minded, which is why I am not capable of downloading photos to illustrate what I am looking for!
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

Easy to make one ... piece of wood, screw on short lengths to make little steps & 2 hooks to pop it onto the bed frame then he can walk up. Would that work with your bed?
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

Yes, it probably would Neddy, but I am not capable of making such a thing!
Thank you anway!
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

Assuming he can jump 30cm - get a 30cm high stool

The advantage is that it "looks" OK and not like a dog ramp
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

These will not win you any interior decorating awards, but they do the trick:
https://www.amazon.de/Karlie-Flaming...underampe+sofa

ETA: Better yet, the same thing from Zooplus.ch:
http://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hun...derampe/270871

This is a bit better from a blend-in-with-the-furnishing, standpoint:
https://www.amazon.de/Trixie-3943-Tr...ndetreppe+holz

There are many versions of these out there, google Hunderampe or Hundetreppe.


Key is stability; if you order one online it's not always clear how good the construction is - but adding weight to the bottom often helps if you are not happy.

It's also very important that the surface is textured so that the dog doesn't slip, my preference (from a wobbly dog viewpoint) is a sisal covering as in the wooden stairs.

Hope you find what you are looking for.



ETA:

When several of my oldies got to that stage, instead of stairs or a ramp I worked on training them to wait for me to lift them on/off the bed - simply because while stairs/ramps make going up easy, there is always a chance of falling or twisting going down, especially in the dark.

Whatever you choose, make sure you train Rookie to use the stairs/ramp, both up and down, and until you are comfortable that he is stable using the stairs/ramp keep the bedroom door closed when you are not there to supervise.

I certainly empathize. The Belltie is quite wobbly these days and when he is 'away with the fairies' he forgets that he can't do stairs anymore. I am now on the fourth attempt at creating some kind of block/gate for our winding staircase. Traditional gates won't work because the stairwell is open. I thought I had it down, but Hooligan figured out how to knock the whole thing over - and I found the Belltie caught midway up the stairs.

Oldies are very special, aren't they?

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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

Thank you so much for all your valuable advice Meloncollie. I have looked at the web sites, so have some idea as to what is available. It just so happens that I will be close to the Quality Pet shop in Meyrin tomorrow, so I thought I would pop in to see what's what! We will be going up to Crans Montana next week, so I can check on the height of the bed!


Yes, our dogs are so very, very special - can't imagine life without them! Please give your furbabies a big hug from Rookie, Lilly and moi! Will let you know how things evolve!
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

We sell these in our shop for CHF 109, you said your bed was 60cm high and these are 58cm so is close in height. Most of those sold by other shops are between 30cm and 40cm high so may not be high enough for your dog?

Send me a pm if interested

Colors BROWN / NAVY

Material SHELL: COTTON 100%
LINING: POLYESTER 100%

Description
* Natural cotton
* Mini Cube pattern schemed
* Removable washable cushion

SIZE
Width 39cm
Height 58cm
Dept 38cm
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Re: Wanted: Ramp/stairs for my little dog

Those look very nice, Marton!

I like that they look less steep than other models - should be easier for the dog.
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