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Old May 16th, 2015, 11:39 PM
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Recommended dog ramp

Our Great Dane is getting older and we are in need of a ramp or steps. Anyone have real world experience? Recommendations.

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Old May 17th, 2015, 04:19 AM
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Always tough when they get older for Rovering. Where do you want the bow-wow to enter? Rear seat or back cargo area? Personally I've made mine in the past. Plywood cut to width, reinforced on the back with 2x4, outdoor carpet on top, 1x2 on top spaced about 18" for something paws can grip to prevent sliding. Large piano hinge so that it can be folded. Has worked with 95# wet labs getting in rear doors of RRCs. Good luck.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 05:47 AM
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All my attempts with ramps for an old Golden failed. Couldn't get her to use it.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 10:21 AM
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My 8yr old 80lb German Shepherd uses an ottoman-(Fancy right) because she didn't trust the ramps marketed for large breed dogs. Glad you created this thread, gives me an excuse to post pics of my pack
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Old May 17th, 2015, 10:29 AM
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You could also use a classic Coleman cooler...the hard sturdy classic large (non styrofoam, non crushable) coolers. Just got to have a place for it to ride along with you, which is why I roll with the ottoman. Search amazon etc, you may even find a collapsible ottoman that'll support the weight of your Great Dane and travel easier taking up less space
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Old May 17th, 2015, 02:14 PM
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We use a Twistep for our mastiff. It has a bigger platform than most hitchsteps and isn't a pain to haul around like a ramp (or to train your dog to use). Our mastiff learned to use it after one quick demo (by me) and he just strides in and out now. It rotates in under the tank when you're not using it.

iirc it was around $250 and I ordered it directly from the Twistep site.

Sorry about the orientation of the pics...
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Old May 17th, 2015, 04:33 PM
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Hey Todd what kind of Mastiff is that?
Looks like a Boerboel, if so I have 3 (currently)


Anthony, I have an awesome ramp recommendation, but getting an older adult to use it is a bit hard as others have said. My 2 boys learned as babies, but my older female will resist to all high heaven to touch it.


I ordered from Wayfair in 2012 something called the Mr Herzher's Smart Pet Ramp. Handles my now 160 & 180lb pooches easily and folds up to a decent size.
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Old May 17th, 2015, 09:27 PM
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Yep...he's a boerboel. I can't even imagine having 3...you must buy food by the pallet
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Handles my now 160 & 180lb pooches easily and folds up to a decent size.
...and I'm a bit of a dog guy!
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Old May 18th, 2015, 12:24 AM
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Thank you for the suggestions. This gives me great information and was exactly what I was after. And by the way. My Dane weighs in at 155lbs.

I saw a shirt the other day that read, "This is a Great Dane, yes he is big. No you can't saddle him. Yes, he eats a lot, yes his poop is big, yes I get he is big".
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I just got back from work and wanted to send you pics of it. Sorry it's late and I only use when I used to take the dogs in my range. They can climb through the from doors of my other trucks to get to the back.

If you're using this for just your Defender the twisstep option or ramp may be best. However, if you're using it for multiple or other non defender vehicles a ramp would be best. I think if your dog is getting arthritic and/or is not as limber, the step option may still require a lot of jumping motion/bone stresses. The ramp, if you could invest a weekend in getting him up and down it at least 10x's/day, will be the most versatile option. It will require some space being taken up in your vehicle.

See pics folded and extended. Super durable.

Oh and Todd,
my boys are picky (believe it or not) my female is totally gluttonous and will eat anything and everything all the time. But with that said, I go through 120lbs of dog food every 3 weeks or so. smh

These are my boys at 14mos
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Old May 18th, 2015, 07:31 AM
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No recommendations for a ramp since we can pu our 30lb Shiba but I would recommend cold laser treatment to help an old dogs mobility. Trixie's been receiving CL & trigger point therapy and it has helped a huge amount with her mobility at age 14.
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Cute pups! I'm glad you started this thread since it'll definitely be an issue for many of us with dogs! Fortunately my Lab is only 9 and still gets around well and my German Shepherd is only 9 months...Time flys by and before you know it they'll need help...
I like the idea of the twist-step. You'd think that with so many big dogs out there, there'd be a multitude of cool items for this use, but it seems like the choices are a bit limited...
Might be time to start a design...
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Old May 18th, 2015, 04:16 PM
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I designed this beagle ramp for commercial reproduction. Patent pending. It's made from marine grade wood and works well from any multi-story home (3rd floor or higher is ideal) or boat. This is the pre-release advertising stock for it using a professional model.

I'm willing to share the design with any Dsource member with the agreement that you test it on beagles and provide feedback as to it's effectiveness and ease of use.

This ramp is only rated for Beagles and Chihuahuas.

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