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Being a new father to a TRI.can anyone tell me where or with their expeirence they got a dog ramp for a rear loading SUV and dog beds. i went to petco for ramp. it looked ok but i ddin't want to jump at it.. The beds he has our big and fluffy and he gets unsure of himself cause i think he feels he will trip.

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When it comes to a bed, the firmer the better.  I had actually bought Cadence a new bed, two weeks prior to her diagnosis.  She was getting older and I figured a firmer bed would be better for it.  After the amp, I was so grateful I had bought the bed.  When she tried to sleep on one of her other beds, (she has 5 around the house) she really had a hard time getting up and out of it.  The firmer bed gives them more stability, so when they stand, its easier for them to get up.

 

Personally, I highly recommend the ramp.  I have a smaller SUV, but I didnt want to chance her hurting herself when she jumped in and out.  We already had a ramp from when she is a puppy.  I think my boyfriend got it at Petco.  For the first couple of weeks my boyfriend lifted her into the car, since she was till unsteady and we didnt want her to fall off the ramp and then get scared or hurt.  But when she was more confident, she flew up that ramp.  I would give her a treat when she went up it, so I think it helped.  Now she is like an old pro.  Hope this info helps.  If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask.  Everyone here is so very helpful.  We are all on this journey with you. 

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thanks that was what i was thinking on the beds also.

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lonlydog58 said
...dog ramp for a rear loading SUV and dog beds.

Please check the Tripawds Gear blog. See the Beds page for information and recommendations. Those big fluffy beds can indeed be trouble, especially for new tripawds.

The Otto Step was designed specifically for SUVs, and the Pet Loader is a good collapsible step solution. Search these forums and you'll find much more discussion about car ramps.

Hope this helps!

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Great question!

Firmer is definitely better when it comes to mattresses. Our Gear blog has some examples.

When it comes to ramp, it takes some training, dogs don't always adapt right away. Here is a blog post that may help:


Ramp Training Tips for Tripawds

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thanks everybody for the advice

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If you (or anyone else) happens to be looking for a cheap step up stool for your dog to get on your bed, you can buy an Ikea "lack" (they run about $8) coffee table, and cut the legs down a bit. It's what we bought when our dog first started limping before his osteosarcoma diagnosis (and subsequent amputation). He took all of two minutes to learn how to use it, and has been using it ever since. We put an Ikea door mat ($2) on it for some traction so he doesn't slip.

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Thanks for the tip Sundevil! Do you have any pictures?

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