That was the sound I often heard when my dog, Tobu, jumped out of bed and ran to the front door to greet my wife. When she entered the bedroom, he would speed up her paws, Looney Tunes style, and jump on the bed, asking for her well-deserved pets.
All that jumping and bumping probably wasn’t good for his joints, so years ago we got him a cheap foam ladder so he could climb. Problem solved! Except for the fact that this thing was ugly, the fabric got dirty quickly and often slid off the bed when it got upstairs.
Then I got the DoggoRamp Prove. We have been using it almost all year. Yes, this wooden ramp is expensive, especially compared to anything you can find anywhere. Tough. But it’s attractive! I want my bedroom furniture to look nice and not like a raccoon broke in and walked over everything. It works for dogs of different sizes, has adjustable height, can be stored away, and is also a little better on your joints. Best of all, it is very easy to clean. If cat owners can have stylish cat furnitureI think it’s also fair to splurge on your pup.
DoggoRamps makes different types of ramps: for beds and sofas, and even a ramp for steps. I tried the Couch Ramp in Walnut and used it for my bed. The other options seem to take up a lot more space in my already small room, so I’m happy to report that the Couch Ramp easily allows my dog to get on and off the bed (which sits at a height of 24 inches). ). Just expect some stubbed toes during the first few weeks as he gets used to being in his space.
It’s made from solid maple wood sourced from the US and Canada, supports up to 150 pounds, and has a rubber surface for traction. The company recently introduced a railing add-on for added safety. I love that it comes fully assembled; All you need to do is adjust the height using the adjustment mechanism at the bottom of the ramp.
The non-slip surface and the robust construction are two points that Tiffany Durzi, veterinarian and service manager of the Ontario Veterinary College Rehabilitation and Fitness Service, says look on a ramp. A dog’s paws can sink into a soft foam ladder, which could put some pressure when lifting the paws to reach the next step, which is not a problem on a sturdy ramp. The non-slip surface helps with grip and I have never seen my dog slip off the DoggoRamp.
Durzi says stairs can be good exercise for pets, but ramps are recommended after orthopedic surgeries and for pets with mobility issues. She says there is “no evidence to suggest that using ramps at a young age can help from a mobility perspective,” other than simply getting her dog used to using one. Anyway, my dog climbs our stairs several times a day, so he gets a lot of exercise; my main concern was the jumping and falling he makes getting up and down our loft bed. The ramp has been a wonderfully elegant solution.
It may take some time for your puppy to get used to it. Durzi recommends being patient and slow, and using positive reinforcement techniques, such as treats, to attract them. My wife and I placed treats on the ramp and encouraged him to go up, rewarding Tobu every few steps. Little by little, after a few days, he began to go up and down on his own. Of course, Tobu doesn’t always come down; sometimes still thank you—but it is not as frequent as before. He rarely went down foam stairs.
Clean as a whistle
I’d be lying if I didn’t say that part of why I like DoggoRamp is because of its looks. I’ve been slowly removing old, cheap furniture I bought when I was broke (I donate them to people who want them!), while updating certain pieces to create a cohesive look in my home. The Walnut Couch Ramp easily fits into my bedroom aesthetic and is much more attractive than the cheap foam ladder I had before. After almost a year of use, it looks practically new. All I have to do is wipe the surface occasionally with a damp cloth to remove pet hair. No more unsightly dirt stains.
These wooden ramps won’t work for every room or person: They’re expensive, they take up more space than their foam counterparts, and you’ll stub your shins or toes when the room is dark. But now my dog runs up and down to get on the bed, and it gives me a little more peace of mind when I hear those footsteps instead of a bang.