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How many of you use a ramp to get your dog in and out of the car?
And furthermore....how many of you with PUPPIES use a ramp....or are considering getting your puppy used to a ramp soon?
You may think ramps are just for older dogs....so why use a ramp for pups with no known joint problems, right?
I have used ramp for years....and i actually own 4 ramps! I use one on a daily basis for the car....i have a couple at my parents house as they have quite a few sets of steps so when I'm there I place a couple of ramps over steps....and i have a short one at my back door step. Dylan has bilateral elbow dysplasia and arthritis....so going down stairs is bad for him, and jumping down is a big no no...and i want to ensure he's not doing any activities that will increase acceleration of the disease, cause damage or cause him more pain.
Now I've had Dylan 10.5 years....he is about 11 years old now....and ill be honest....if i had the time again I'd never let him jump out of the car. Ever. And I did when he was younger. The impact is SO bad for musculoskeletal system. Repetitive activities such as jumping out of the car holds risks for the future in young dogs and it increases the likelyhood of joint disease occurring in later life. When a dog jumps down from a height such as that of a car boot, more than twice their body weight goes through their front limbs.
So don't wait until your dog to get older and show signs of joint disease or damage before taking action. Start now when your dog is young....protect those joints and plan for the future.
So ...how is your puppy or young dog getting out of the car? If they are not a breed that is small enough to lift in and out, why not consider training them to use a ramp?
And aside from ramps, its important to apply the same logic in the home. Slippery floors are the worst flooring for puppies....moving on floors that they can't get traction on is so bad for the developing musculoskeletal system. So please put runners and rugs down...or use clear anti slip tape and prevent your puppy from slipping (this applies to all dogs of all ages too....i have all tiled and wooden floors covered with runners or anti slip tape!).
These are all areas that as new puppy owners, we are unlikely to think of, but actually its the BEST time to think about it 🙂 if you have any questions about ramps or home adaptations to make the home safer and more "dog joint friendly" I'd be more than happy to help 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
I bought a ramp for my old girl but she scrabbles on it so hates it, it’s a sort of sandpapery surface. If you’ve used any ramps that are mega grippy I’d love to know which ones! I end up lifting her which my back can’t always cope with. 😥
Angela, what’s the size of the Solvit you have?
Think I’ll get Tilly one. She’s mastered everything else and loves using her paws.
You could put salt and pepper in them, pop your dinner at the bottom, and train him to season your food for you! Easy on the salt, Dyl! 🤣🤣🤣
🐶Loobani Spinning Bottle Puzzle Feeder🐶
LOOBANI kindly sent me this product to try and review.....this is a newly redesigned product which has been made even more sturdy and durable so that it is suitable for larger dogs.
Previously i had another puzzle toy which was a vaguely similar style, but was too flimsy for Dylan as when he used his paws to spin the bottle it often sent the whole toy flying! I tended to have to use my feet to fix the base to the floor while he used it!
So this product was exactly what I was looking for and was keen to try it! And it has not disappointed!
It arrived very well packaged, and each piece of wood has to be screwed together with the enclosed screws. Very clear instructions are given and it is very easy to put together.
The feel of it is incredibly high quality and very sturdy. The bottles are large enough to hold a decent quantity of food (it would Dylan's breakfast or dinner with plenty of room to spare!), and the lids have 3 holes of different sizes meaning you can put varying sizes of food in there.
The best feature for me has been its sturdiness though. Dylan weighs about 27kg, and the way the toy is designed, with the wide base, along with the quality of the wood, means that he has not yet knocked it over while using it!
Highly recommend this...its so nice to have a toy like this which truly is suitable for larger dogs, as so many are only sturdy enough for smaller breeds.
It is now available in the UK via Amazon but stocks are limited at the moment. I will post a video in another post as it won't let me post videos and photos together! ... See MoreSee Less
We bought this ages ago to replace a homemade one because Tia looooves it - she asks for it nearly every day. We think its great 🙂
Tia will tell you. This is the absolute dogs bollocks of a toy 🙂
Do you think this would work with more than one dog in the house or would they fight over it?!