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Wondering about ramps to get my baby into bed. She loves to sleep in the bed with her peoples. I've looked some up on Amazon, but many of the reviews talk about them slipping. Anyone with one that they recommend? She's just had her right front amputated & is about 50 lbs... well... prior to amputation.

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Has she used a ramp before?  There are some pups who will never use a ramp because of something called the visual cliff.  My TriPug Maggie was one of those although I didn't know what it was at the time.  She wouldn't go up stairs with open backs, wouldn't walk on a deck if she could see through seams or cracks, and as I found out after her amp she would absolutely not use a ramp!  I built three over the years and she would never use them.  They did come in handy later when little sis Tani got older and couldn't do the couple of stairs up to our deck.

As an aside- I recently found out my quad Pug Obie won't go up those open back or floating stairs.  I had both dogs with me dropping off some keys and had to go to a second floor office.  I ended up carrying my quad pug up and down the stairs while my Tripawd hopped happily up and down on her ownbig-grin

Anyway- before you invest in a ramp make sure she will use one.  I have stairs or stools to my bed and other furniture that the dogs are allowed on.  I build them myself for the most part but there are several options to purchase.

Karen and the Spirit Pug Girls

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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Our 80# rear amp lab mix is having great luck getting on the bed via an Ikea Poang Chair ottoman.  We were fortunate to find one in the scratch and dent section of the store with no cushion.  We put a carpet square where the cushion would go which adds traction and matches our floors.  We support her rear amp with the rear harness and she  hops onto the ottoman and then onto the bed.

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Per our PT we are using Solvit Petsafe Pup steps. I found mine on Amazon. ShuShu is 38 lbs so I’d check the weight. I don’t really have experience with any other kind though she was easily trained to use them (going down 99%, going up sometimes prefers to hurdle! Working on that). We have one set on either side of the bed. We did 5 minutes every night her first week (she is a front leg amputee as well) with treats and “use your stairs”.  I started with just putting treats on the actual stairs so that she would just like the stairs in general and then we worked on going up and down them. They lock/pop open to be stable and can fold away if necessary. 

Im struggling to find or build a ramp for my SUV that needs to be 36” tall!

Cashew, “ShuShu”, stray shot in Armenia (where this is sport!).  Lost left forelimb at 4-6 mos. old as a result of GSW. Adopted at 19 mos. in May 2018. Currently Working hard at PT. 

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