Nothing beats spending time with your dog for pet owners. They’re our ever present companions, it’s no coincidence they’ve earned the title, “Man’s Best Friend”. Most of us enjoy being active with our dogs and taking them anywhere they are permitted to accompany us. This necessitates travel, which necessitates your dog getting in and out of vehicles. As agile as most dogs are for the majority of their lives, this activity can cause significant harm. Repetitive stress is a major contributor to joint damage and early-onset arthritis. A slip while jumping up or down can result in serious and costly knee and elbow injuries. Getting in and out of a vehicle is even more dangerous for senior dogs, and it may be impossible if the vehicle is too high or the dog has arthritis.
So, what is the solution to this issue? You could lift your dog into and out of the car on your own. If your dogs are small, this is a viable option; however, if they are larger or you have health concerns, lifting a dog into a vehicle can become difficult or dangerous for you as well. A dog ramp is a better solution for getting your dog in and out of the vehicle.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss how our Dogs-Up Ramps can make your dog’s life easier as well as yours. We’ll also go over some quick training tips to make using your new ramp as stress-free for both you and your dog as possible.
Training Your Dog to Use a Ramp
Training your dog to use a Dogs-Up Ramp is similar to training your dog to do anything else. The key is to keep the experience stress-free and to ensure that your dog understands what is expected of it. If your dog is already well-trained, he or she may surprise you by easily ascending the ramp the first time. So the first thing you should do is allow your dog to use the ramp. Set up the dog ladder as directed by the manufacturer, giving your dog any cues you would normally use to get him in the car. Great if he or she goes up easily. Great if he or she goes up easily. If they are hesitant, fearful, or untrained, use the tips below to easily train your dog to use your new Dogs-Up Ramp.
First, allow your dog to investigate the ramp. Place the ramp on the ground and let your dog sniff it. Allow them to walk on the ramp if they are comfortable doing so. If the ramps make them nervous, don’t press the issue. Instead, encourage your dog to walk down the flat ramp. Walk down the ramp to show your dog that there is nothing to be afraid of. Give them treats for touching or approaching the ramp. You can also try chasing your dog around the ramp and rewarding them when they get close. This is an excellent opportunity to put your dog’s clicker training skills to use.
Once your dog is comfortable with the ramp on the ground, you can set it up at an angle. You may need to set the ramp at a lower angle than its intended use depending on the dog and its level of comfort with it. To avoid scaring them off the ramp, take a slow and steady approach. Make certain that the ramp is set up on something sturdy and safe for the dog to stand on.
At this point, you should make sure your dog is on a leash. This is to keep their movement under control so they don’t run up the ramp too quickly, potentially causing stability issues. To ensure that the ramp does not move when the dog is going up and down the ramp, place your foot at the base of the ramp, right next to one of the legs.
Here are a few more things to remember while training your dog to use your new ramp:
● Make sure you’re using a distinct cue to direct your dog up the ramp. It’s ideal to use a cue you already use to signal them to get into the vehicle.
● Positive reinforcement is essential. Don’t undo all of your hard work by intimidating your dog now.
● Maintain control of your dog as they go up and down the ramp. They are more likely to be hurt or scared if they are speeding up and down or jumping off the ramp.
● Practice makes perfect, but don’t spend too much time working with the ramp in one session. Short sessions until your dog has it down reduce the likelihood of your dog associating the ramp with stress.
If you’ve taken your time your dog should happily use your new Dogs-Up Ramp for many years to come. Saving their joints and your back in the process!
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