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Welcome to our big dog ramp test 2023. Here we present all the dog ramps we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best dog ramp for you.
You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a dog ramp.
- 1 Summary
- 2 The Best Dog Ramp: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a dog ramp
- 4 Decision: What types of dog ramps are there and which is the right one for you?
- 4.1 What are the characteristics of a simple dog ramp and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.2 What are the features of a dog ramp with telescopic function and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.3 What are the characteristics of a dog ramp with a folding function and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 5 Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate dog ramps
- 6 Facts worth knowing about dog ramps
- A dog ramp is a useful entry aid for your dog, which can be used depending on the size and age of the dog.
- They mainly help old and sick dogs to cope with their daily routine, but can also be used as a preventive measure.
- There are three types of dog ramps: the simple dog ramp, the dog ramp with telescopic function and the dog ramp with folding function.
The Best Dog Ramp: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a dog ramp
Does my dog need a dog ramp?
A dog ramp can help your four-legged friend navigate your world more easily.
Smaller dog breeds also benefit from dog ramps, as they spend their whole lives in their owner’s world, which is not adapted to their size.
In addition, dog ramps are also suitable for older and sick dogs who are no longer easily able to negotiate various height differences. In the case of sick dogs, it is especially diseases such as arthrosis or spondolysis that can limit your dog’s mobility.
However, hip or elbow joint dysplasia and other inherited conditions also necessitate the use of a dog ramp. Older dogs tend to be a little more wobbly on their legs and can also benefit from a ramp.
Where can you use a dog ramp?
Models range from indoor use to outdoor activities. Indoors, a dog ramp is useful for mastering the staircase, for example. But dog ramps are also particularly efficient for mastering smaller stairs, securing a place on the sofa or jumping into bed
are particularly efficient.
In the field of outdoor activities, dog ramps are best for getting in and out of mobile homes, boats, pools and, above all, cars. In the latter case, the entrance can be the boot or the side door. Sizes and prices depend on how the dog ramp is primarily to be used.
Dog ramps should also be used to prevent various age-related diseases and everyday accidents. It makes sense that putting unnecessary stress on your dog’s joints day in and day out is not particularly good for his joints.
We wouldn’t want to expect a human to jump off high objects several times a day. At the latest in old age, such youthful carelessness would take its revenge.
What does a dog ramp cost?
In the following, we will therefore first concentrate on the length of the dog ramp, as this is related to the width on the one hand and the functions are easily apparent with longer ramps.
|Length of the dog ramp||Average price|
|Up to approx. 100 cm||35-60 €|
|Up to approx. 150 cm||45-75 €|
|Up to approx. 200 cm||70-90 €|
|Up to approx. 250 cm||85-150 €|
What length should my dog ramp be?
If you still want to be on the safe side, you can easily calculate the entry angle yourself. Ideally, it should not be more than 60°, otherwise it can put too much strain on the dog’s joints.
For smaller obstacles such as sofas, a few steps and other height differences, you need a shorter ramp. However, despite the short distance, make sure that the entry angle is 60° to be on the safe side.
What material should the dog ramp be made of?
The main focus should always be on the stability of the dog ramp. However, you should not neglect the weight of the dog ramp if you have to move it often and a lot.
It is also important to consider the coating of the ramp. It should be avoided that your dog can slip easily, so you should use materials and textures that are largely slip-resistant.
This slip resistance can be ensured, among other things, by the material being arranged in geometric patterns or taking on step-like shapes. A rubber coating can also be helpful.
What alternatives are there to dog ramps?
The dog ramp itself is sometimes also called a gangway and is an elongated entry and exit aid for dogs of all sizes and ages.
The surface of a ramp does not have any very visible steps and should allow your dog to walk on it and not make any movements, as is necessary when climbing stairs. It is also important to keep an eye on the slope of the ramp.
A dog ramp is especially suitable for dogs that suffer from diseases such as ED, HD, arthrosis or spondylosis, or are at risk of developing such and similar diseases in old age. It can therefore also be seen as a preventive measure. A dog ramp can be relatively heavy and take up a lot of space, which is why it tends to be used for outdoor activities, depending on the model.
The dog step, on the other hand, is primarily intended for use in the home. It is often used by puppies and smaller breeds of dogs, who may find it difficult to cope with the usual size of stairs without major problems. It is usually very short and, as the name suggests, consists of several steps. It is particularly suitable for the couch or the bed.
Walking aids or also carrying aids ensure that the dog’s weight can no longer completely strain the joints by carrying part of his weight. This way you can give your dog stability. They work by securing your dog with a textile harness around the chest, hips or belly.
Especially for this model, it is important that you take care of your own health, as it is not healthy for us humans to lift heavy loads every day either. So if you are already burdened, you should think about an alternative to a walking aid.
In summary, this means:
|Dog ramp||Intended for all dog breeds and ages, also for prevention, especially outdoor Benefit|
|Dog stairs||Suitable for small and very young dogs, especially indoors|
|Walking aid||Mainly suitable for outdoor use, for small to medium-sized dog breeds, but you yourself carry part of your dog’s weight|
Decision: What types of dog ramps are there and which is the right one for you?
In principle, a distinction can be made between the following dog ramps:
- Simple dog ramp
- Dog ramp with telescopic function
- Dog ramp with folding function
In the following sections, the different dog ramps are discussed in more detail and the respective advantages and disadvantages are listed.
What are the characteristics of a simple dog ramp and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
A simple dog ramp is characterised by its simple construction and its low price. All you have to do is set it up and your dog can get in or out. It should not be too long so that you can easily transport it if necessary.
However, it is less suitable for large differences in height and can be a challenge for SUVs and trucks. If you still prefer a simple dog ramp, make sure you have enough storage space for outdoor activities.
What are the features of a dog ramp with telescopic function and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Many dog ramps have a practical telescopic version, which means that you can simply slide them up and down like a telescope. This feature makes it quite space-saving, but it takes a bit more time to set up than the simple ramp. A ramp that is almost 200 cm long can easily become a 100 cm long ramp.
Extending the ramp is especially important for journeys where space in the car needs to be considered. Due to its length, the telescopic ramp is best suited for cars with a large entrance height.
In very cold temperatures, however, the mechanism may freeze, which is why it should not be stored outside.
What are the characteristics of a dog ramp with a folding function and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
In principle, dog ramps with a folding function work in a similar way to ramps with a telescopic function, except that you can fold them up. They are therefore not quite as space-saving as ramps that can be pushed together.
Folding ramps are a little more complicated to set up because the mechanism has to be fixed first. On the other hand, they cannot freeze. They are priced between the simple and the telescopic ramp.
Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate dog ramps
To find the right dog ramp, pay attention to the following criteria before buying:
- Length and width
- Load capacity
In the following sections, we will go into more detail on the respective purchase criteria and show you what you need to look out for so that you can find the perfect dog ramp for you and your dog.
Length and width
The length of the dog ramp depends on the entry height. So if you drive a sports car or off-road vehicle, you should consider a ramp with a length of at least 150 cm. The optimal length of a ramp for most SUVs is 180 cm.
However, as discussed above, the angle of entry (<60°) is the decisive criterion. The width of the ramp is determined by the width of your four-legged friend. Make sure that he has some space to walk on both sides. The longer the dog ramp, the wider it usually is. From a size of 150 cm, many dog ramps come with a width of 40 cm.
The material mainly depends on taste. You can choose between plastic, aluminium and wood. Of course, it should provide a minimum of stability so that your dog can master the hurdles safely and stably. When buying a ramp, make sure that it is non-slip. An unpleasant experience with a ramp can otherwise prevent your dog from wanting to use it at all in the future.
For safety reasons, the load capacity of the dog ramp plays a more important role than its material. You will find information on the maximum weight in the manufacturer’s product descriptions. Many ramps can carry a weight of over 100 kg without any problems.
How it works
You can choose between a simple, a telescopic or a folding ramp. We have already listed the advantages and disadvantages above. Here’s how to find the most suitable dog ramp for your dog.
Facts worth knowing about dog ramps
How can I get my dog used to a dog ramp?
Normally dogs get used to a dog ramp very quickly. To do this, you can first lead them over it several times with the leash and train them according to the reward system. It usually only takes a few times before your dog wants to use the ramp by itself.
To speed up the learning process, it is therefore even more important that you buy a stable and safe model so that your dog does not have any negative experiences. In the long run, he will do more harm to himself if he does not use a ramp.
Would it be an option to build a dog ramp yourself?
DIY is a big topic, including the construction of dog ramps. You can find many useful instructions on the web.
However, if you are looking for a product with a guarantee, you should buy it from an experienced manufacturer, otherwise you are exposing your dog to a certain safety risk.
If the price of a dog ramp seems too high, you can buy it second-hand.
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