Have you ever considered getting pet steps for your dog? If not, maybe you should.
Can you imagine being the size of a Chihuahua but having to navigate furniture that we humans use? Some of our little guys do a fairly good job of jumping up and down off the couch and bed but others are either too small, too old or have physical problems that make jumping up and down impossible. Even if they are capable of doing it, it’s not always safe.
The last time Kilo tried to jump down off the couch a few years ago, she hurt her leg doing so. After that, she never tried again (thank God).
If you have a small dog (or even a big dog) that needs help getting on and off of furniture, getting them their own set of steps or a ramp is a great idea.
Here are my picks for some good choices:
This is Amazon’s top seller and I can see why. I love that it folds up and stores easily under the bed or couch. The only assembly it needs is to add the carpeted panels and that is easily done by peeling the sticker backing off the carpet panels and sticking them on the step.
These stairs are wide so your dog can get their entire body up on each step. This helps older arthritic dogs to maneuver the steps easier. I like these steps because they are good looking and do look like furniture.
Buyers said that the stairs were sturdy and didn’t move around. The main drawback is some people said that though they worked perfectly for the couch, they were not tall enough for many beds.
I love the design of these stairs. They come in several color options and 5 sizes. These stairs got very good reviews. You can find them here.
I think these steps are so cute with the paw prints on them, don’t you? The good thing about these are they fold up for easy storage and are lightweight. The bad thing is that some people say they will slide (I have this set and they don’t slide for me) on hard floors so they are best used on carpet. You can get these here: PAW Fold-able Pet Staircase
I can recommend these personally as this is what we use. Here’s a photo of our set:
Now if you have a tall bed, these steps might be just right for your dog. You can get them in 4 or 6 steps and your choice of 9 color covers to match your decor. The covers are zippered and can be washed.
These steps got great reviews with some people buying multiples of them. You can check them out here: Designer Pet Steps.
For the price, these are a great option. They are sturdy and lightweight. They have a non skid surface so your dog won’t slip on them and they also have non-skid rubber feet so they won’t move around on hard surfaces. You can get these here: Petmate Lightweight Pet Steps II
These steps got rave reviews for how beautiful and well made they are. They are so strong that they support weight up to 300 pounds. The carpet on the stairs is stain resistant too. Read more about them here: Premier Pet Steps Tall Raised Panel Dog Steps.
What is so cool about these steps is that they are L shaped and they can be turned either left or right. Buyers loved these steps and said they were very well made. They have rubber grippers on the bottom so they won’t move around. There is also a storage area in the back of them. You can get them here: Pet Gear Easy Step Bed Stair.
These are interesting as they aren’t your typical steps. They are like sturdy cushions with a gripper on the bottom so they don’t move around. They are lower than some of the others so they would probably be better for lower furniture. One of the buyers mentioned that they are very versatile and can be rearranged. They come in 6 colors. You can check them out here: Set of 2 Smooth Steps Folding Leather Pet Stairs by Weebo Pets
Maybe your dog would do better with a ramp. There are a few options for those too.
This ramp is a bit of a misnomer. It says it’s a step and ramp combo but actually it’s just a ramp. Regardless of that, it is still a great ramp. The carpet tread is washable, it has grippers on the bottom and is lightweight. You do have to put it together but it easily just snaps into place. It has a gentle slope so it’s easy for your dog to maneuver. Check it out here: Pet Gear Step and Ramp Combination
This ramp folds up for easy storage and it has rubberized bottom grippers so it won’t move around. The carpet on it helps the dog “grip” it when walking on it. You can get it here: Pet Gear Pet Ramp
One of the issues some people have when introducing a ramp or stairs is that their dog is afraid to use it. My recommendation is to use treats to coax them up and down until they get used to it.
Aimee over at Irresistible Pets has a great article on how to train your dog to use them. You can get to that here. And if you’d rather build your own ramp, she has a link to an article on how to do that at the bottom of the post so be sure to check that out.
Hope you find a great ramp or steps! If you have a recommendation of one that isn’t on here, leave a comment and let us know. Or any warning against some that aren’t up to snuff, let us know that too.