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Civilized Pet Tip: Ramps can be very useful for helping healthy dogs into vehicles as well as senior or injured dogs into the house or onto furniture if they don’t like pet stairs. Most ramps don’t have guard rails for some reason, and dogs can be reluctant to trust the climb on unfamiliar surfaces. You have to begin training them to use the ramp when it is laying flat on the ground in a safe area. The first step is to lead them onto the flat ramp with a treat and teach them to just walk across it on the ground. Don’t rush, take your time. Use a toy, roll a ball across it for them chase, back and forth on the ramp, whatever helps them to just walk on the ramp. The 2nd step is to raise it up just a little, like onto a foot stool or a low coffee table and repeat with high value treats until they gain confidence walking on the ramp. Walk up and down using treats. You can introduce a new command as you point along the ramp say ‘Ramp’ or any soundbyte you like, and praise their performance with ‘Good Ramp’. When your dog is completely comfortable using the ramp at a low grade incline, the final step is to place it against your vehicle and use treats until the dog is just happy to get in and go for a ride!

PetSafe Solvit Wood Bedside Pet Ramp The perfect solution for pets who can’t or won’t use dog stairs to access a bed. Long enough to provide a gentle climbing angle, yet compact enough to fit alongside a bed. The 25″ height gives easy access to taller beds. Assembles in about 15 minutes. Clean with wood polish and carpet cleaner. Intelligent design and well made, we rate this a Civilized Choice.

WeatherTech High Traction Foldable Pet Ramp At only 16lbs it will hold up to 300 lbs. It has rubber feet on both ends, a pronounced lip at the top and small step down at the bottom. Sides are slightly raised. Folds in half. Easily cleaned durable plastic. Special traction pads are molded into the ramp. Made in the USA. This product is highly recommended and is our Civilized Choice for folding dog ramp.

Pet Gear Free Standing Pet Ramp has folding legs to secure the ramp. The a carpet tread is removable for easy cleaning. Rubberized bottom grippers for secure placement and has raised small edges. Holds pets up to 300lbs. Some buyers reported the mat was rough like sandpaper and they resolved the issue with carpet remnants. Yoga mats or washable long bathmats are an easy fix if you like this ramp otherwise.

Rage Powersports DR-06 Folding Dog Ramp Pet loading ramp is 6ft and opens up to 12ft and holds up to 250lbs. Features a ribbed soft rubber platform for superb traction. The 2-3/4″ lip makes it useful for pickup trucks, SUV’s, cars, your porch and indoors, too. Also has a built-in carrying handle and a strap to keep the ramp closed for easy storage. Lightweight, durable aluminum. Opening and closing was reported to be tricky for some.

PetSTEP Original Folding Pet Ramp has a soft non-slip ridged rubber surface not found on other ramps. This best seller opens and closes with ease. Made of strong plastic and fiberglass, it weighs only 18.5lbs. Cut-out handles for ease of transport. Heavy-duty rubber grips at each end keep the ramp in place. Easy to keep clean. Folded: 36″ L x 17″ W x 5.75″ H, opens to 70″ L x 17″ W x 2.5″ H. In graphite gray or khaki beige, it is a Civilized Choice.

PetSafe Solvit UltraLite Bi-Fold Plastic Pet Ramp. At 62″ long, this best seller weighs only 10lbs and supports 150lbs. Good traction surface and a small raised edge give pets sure footing. A safety release latch prevents accidental opening. Easy to clean, just hose it off. Buyers remarked on the ‘sandpaper’ surface and replaced it with carpet remnants. A long washable bathmat or yoga mat would do the trick. For giant dogs, other models (like the WeatherTech model above) hold more weight.

PetSafe Solvit Deluxe Aluminum Telescoping Pet Ramp. Adjustable from 39” to 72”, this weighs just 13lbs, but supports 400lbs due to its aluminum and plastic design. Lip at the end holds the elevated surface and no slip mat is easy to clean. There’s a handle on the side for easy carrying (carrying cover sold separately).

PetSafe Solvit Deluxe Extra-Long Telescoping Pet Ramp is the Extra Large version (42% bigger) of the Deluxe Telescoping Ramp. The extra size provides a more gentle angle to help pets reach high elevations. Made of aluminum and plastic it weighs 18lbs, and supports over 300lbs.

Skamper Ramp Pool Ramp for Dogs. Available for small dogs in Regular and the extended length size Large shown here. You will have to get in the water to teach your dog to use this. Even if you don’t allow your dog in the pool, it’s important she knows how to get out if she falls in. Will also give wildlife a chance to escape…for more wildlife ramps see Gadgets section.