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With the news that I have a bulging disc in my back, I’ve been advised not to do any lifting for a while. This means that lazy dogs that put their front paws onto the Jeep and turn to give me pitiful looks while waiting for their back ends to be hoisted into the vehicle will not be getting said hoist any longer. Rama is pretty good about jumping in, but Sassy is getting very stubborn. Remi is of course too young, and up until now I’ve been lifting her. She weighs around 60 pounds, and lifting her at this point will only make my back pain worse.
I’m not sure how much it weighs, but it’s not heavy. It comes with a locking mechanism, a handle and a clip strap. It’s 6 feet long and 17″ wide. Since I didn’t have a crate in the back of the Jeep this morning, I attached it to the rear driver’s side where it rested on the rock rails and was attached to the rear back seat mounts. The mounting strap is adjustable but there was not enough of it so I used a strong collar to make up the extra length and attached the strap clip to the d ring on the collar. Not fancy but it worked. I think, though, that for my own peace of mind I might change out the plastic clip provided with a heavier metal carabiner. It seems strong enough, but I will be keeping a close eye on it for signs of wear as it is not a large clip.
The ramp stayed in position even after I shook it to test how much it would sway, if at all. I didn’t want the dogs to be spooked by any movement and not want to use it again. There is a seatbelt buckle strap installed for the dogs so that they can ride in the back seat and be buckled in. Otherwise they are traveling in crates in the back.
If your dog is not used to using a vehicle ramp, introduce them to it before trying to get them to use it. Open and close it near your dog so they get used to the sight and sound of the ramp being maneuvered about. As Remi is very food motivated, I used one of her training treats to lure her onto the ramp and walked her slowly up and then slowly down, praising her as she went. I repeated a few times and she did very well, showing no signs of apprehension. She now gets excited at the sight of the ramp as she knows it means we are going somewhere. If your dog seems wary at first, take things slow and praise often when your dog shows any interest at all in the ramp. Sometimes the sight of their favorite toy or a treat at the end of the ramp is good motivation.
I have used the ramp several times now and am pleased with it. It is sturdy and does not appear to be under stress with a dog on it, which was a concern of mine with a non-metal product. The faux grass is made of plastic and is easily hosed off if the ramp gets dirty. Remembering how hot the rubber matting of grooming tables gets in the sunlight and how it can rip and peel with age, I decided to opt for the faux grass surface. I am curious as to how it will hold up with time.
Having the ramp has saved my back. I probably should have purchased one a long time ago. It stores easily and is light enough that my youngest child can operate it with no problem. At under $100, I feel that this is a good ramp for the price and for the weight range intended. I will post an update in the future to let everyone know how the ramp holds up over time.