|Finn's New Dog Ramp|
Finn, like all of us, has his own way of approaching new challenges. I've gotten better at understanding his learning style and anticipating Finn's insecurities (before they kick in), which helps me to be a more effective trainer. A good starting point today was to take Finn to his favorite park for the first lesson in using a ramp. I wanted Finn to be relaxed, and for him to associate good things with the pet ramp.
|Step One - Explore the Ramp Flat on the Grass|
Having mastered the low-risk, no fear element of ramp exploration, I decided Finn was ready to take it to the next level. I found a broad tree stump with a height a few inches above ground level. Because I thought the surface of the plastic ramp might be a little slippery when elevated, and because Finn is very sensitive about his footing, I covered the ramp with some inexpensive rubberized shelf liner. The new ramps come with sheets of grip tape, but the gently used model I bought did not have that option. My solution worked perfectly. Finn climbed the gentle slope with no hesitation.
|Nonslip Liner on Ramp|
Next, I used a park bench to elevate one end of the ramp about 14 inches off the ground. We were now approaching the level Finn would need to master to use the ramp for getting into a low vehicle, or for getting up on furniture. One great thing about this dog ramp is that it can be used indoors or outdoors.
|Park Bench Height Ramp Elevation|
Finn will mostly use his Paws and Pals ramp inside the house. My vehicle is not really conducive to having Finn load himself, although I won't rule it out until I let him give it a try. He's sure to surprise me. A car, van, or hatchback vehicle would be more ideal for the use of this ramp (nothing requiring too steep an incline). I mainly want Finn to be able to get up and down off the bed for starters. From there, we'll work on graduating to ever greater challenges worthy of Finn's capabilities.
|Light, Compact, Easy to Carry and Store|
- Folds up compact for storage (15.5" wide x 10" long x 16.5" high).
- Lightweight (just eight pounds).
- Made of a durable, easy to clean plastic.
- Easy to carry with the attached handle.
- Simple to use (no assembly required).
- Long enough for typical uses without being too bulky to handle (60" when fully extended).
- Strength rated for up to a 110-lb. dog.
- Multiple applications for indoor or outdoor use.
- Good value and quality for the price (least expensive ramp I found).
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