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Choosing the Appropriate Pet Steps

Picture this scenario: You’ve decided to buy your dog a set of pet stairs. You’re fairly confident that any type will do, so you hop onto Ebay and bid on the cheapest stairs available. Who cares if they’re shipping from Hong Kong? –The shipping is free on this auction! Four weeks later, your steps arrive in a small package. Okay…you weren’t expecting to have to assemble them yourself.  No matter—you get your tools together and chuck out the instructions which were written in a language you can’t even begin to decipher. Halfway through assembling the cheap plastic bits, you realize that it doesn’t look nearly as appealing—or safe—as it did in the auction picture. You carry it out to your SUV and nudge it up to the open door, only to be disheartened at the realization that the steps are way too short to accommodate your car. What are you going to use them for now? They’re too brittle to be used as an everyday stepping stool, and you’re not even sure they’re high enough to aid your dog in getting on the bed.

In order to avoid this situation from happening, you’ve got to educate yourself on what it takes to purchase the right set of stairs to meet your (and your dog’s) needs. We’re going to go over a few questions that you should ask yourself. Once you have the answers, you will know exactly what to look for when purchasing steps for your dog.

Question One: How heavy is your dog?

Your dog’s weight has a lot to do with choosing dog stairs because some steps have weight limitations. It’s best to simply narrow down your search starting by whether or not they can support your dog’s weight. Most stairs should have been tested to compensate for the amount of pressure a dog will exert onto the stairs when ascending and descending, so be sure to inquire if there isn’t a weight limitation posted on the box or the website, if you’re browsing online.

Question Two: How tall/long is your dog?

Height and length has a lot to do with how safe the steps will be for your dog, as these generally determine the overall size of your dog. Could you imagine the result of putting a Great Dane on steps intended for a Chihuahua? Catastrophic! Your dog could stumble or fall from the stairs resulting in a serious injury. Check the width of the steps (from back to front) to make sure that there’s plenty of room for your dog to step. You can’t really get an accurate measure of your dog’s stride, but the general rule is as follows:

Large Breed: 16” Steps or Larger
Medium Breed: 14” Steps
Small Breed: 12” or Smaller

Question Three: What purpose will the steps be used for?

This, again, is very important to ensure that you get the correct steps for your needs. Do you need the steps to aid your dog in getting to your extra-high bed? Perhaps you should look into purchasing high pet steps. Will the stairs be used for the car? Lightweight, mobile pet stairs will likely be the best option for you. The best way to figure this out is to simply dust off your tape measure and measure the distance from the floor to the top of the surface your dog needs to access. If you’re using the stairs for your bed which is 2.5 feet from the floor, try to get stairs that meet this height—or get as close as you possibly can without going higher than the bed.

At the end of the day, the purpose of pet stairs is to safely aid your pet in reaching a destination. If it takes an extra hour of your time to shop around for the perfect steps, it’s well worth the use your dog will receive from this item.

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Dog Steps – A Good Way To Help Your Dog Travel

Pet steps are extremely useful when a dog is constantly going up or down on something. The steps are just like our own in the sense that they provide us to go up and downstairs. The steps eliminate dogs having to over exert themselves by jumping off of things that may seem too high or to dangerous to make it down from.

The dog steps were first made to help adult dogs that suffer from bad backs, or hip malformations. Now, the dog steps have become so popular that people are beginning to purchase them for animals of all ages. The dog steps are now being used as a prevention mechanism to stop anything from hurting the dog. Constant jumping up and down is bad for dog’s backs and can cause them to lose feeling in their backs at a very young age. These steps are a god-send to animal lovers who want their animals to be comfortable wherever they may be.

The steps come in a range of different styles and sizes. You can get steep steps, which allow the dog to almost have to slide down them when they are jumping down. There are also, heavy duty steps which are good wherever you keep them. Regardless of what type of dog step you decide to purchase, make sure that it is the best choice for your particular breed of dog.

With everything good, there is always a downside. These steps are known to cost a pretty decent penny. Your basic dog steps can cost anywhere around $150.00-$200.00 depending of course upon where you purchase them. If you simply do not have the funds to purchase the step and your good with your hands. One thing you may consider is making the steps for your good pet. To make the steps the materials would end up running you around $35.00 which is a lot cheaper and more heartfelt then just simply buying the steps.

So, you have decided to build your own dog steps. That is a great alternative! Not only does making your steps save you money but it allows you to put more pride in what you’re doing for your best friend. You’re going to need someone who is a well renowned carpenter to help you. Make sure you pick up about 3 2×4 pieces of wood, some cushion to line on the stairs and some carpet or material to cover over everything. The best part is the material; these are going to be your dog’s best friend so get creative if you want to. Remember a dog is like your child you want them to be happy to receive the gift.

Make sure that you let any small children know that the dog stairs are not a toy for them. They are for the dog to use to climb so they don’t hurt themselves. Remember the stairs are made from wood and could injure a little child. So, please keep an eye on your children when you have dog stairs in the home.

Some dogs may need to be trained to use the pet stairs. So don’t get frustrated if your little bundle of energy does not want to use their beautiful stairs. It’s something that is bran new you need to show them the stairs are fine and have them go up and down them with you. The best way to do this is to use an action figure or a piece of food and have the dog chase the food back and forth at least 2 times and repeat throughout the day.

Dog transportation are an awesome thing to have. It prevents any late night vet visits and ensures your dogs safety. The stairs are a must have for any animal lover!

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