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This ramp is very lightweight and easy to manage. The width is a bit narrow, so larger dogs should be surefooted. There is, however, nothing to clip/secure it to the edge of the vehicle – there are rubber feet, which do a fairly good job of keeping it secure, but with a large older dog, who was not surefooted, and only one person trying to hold it and encourage the dog, we tipped because one leg didn’t make it to the ramp(dog is fine). On the second and third trys, we managed fine.
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I wanted a simple ramp for car access (and possibly over existing steps and bed) for older dogs. After reading about finger pinching and potential for sharp edges on telescoping ramps (although I can’t personally confirm), it sounded like a 2-piece bi-fold would be easy. And it is! I would buy it again in a minute. Probably takes up more room than the telescoping type, but stands upright (folded) ok so storage not a problem. On the other hand – when it arrived it was missing one of the non-skid pads. A quick call to the mfg. and another pad was sent my way, so an easy fix (they would have taken a return and sent another but that seemed too much bother; the pad has a sticky back so easy enough to install with 2 people – and it helped to practice first before peeling off back). Also, one of the rubber mounts came off – luckily I found it and took the screw off and put it back on, but with a little washer under the screw so the mount wouldn’t work off the screw again. Very minor items, all said and done. At least the nice person at mfg. was appropriately upset about missing pad and very customer oriented about ensuring the problem would be taken care of – that gave me a good feeling about Solvit.
It’s all pretty much in my subject line but here is some advice on how to train your dog to use a ramp. Start with it flat on the ground and entice them to walk across/over it with treats. Then put up up just one step high on some steps they use every day, increase to higher and higher steps (block off the sides so they can’t bypass it. BE PATIENT, it takes some TLC but they WILL get it in a few days (if not sooner). I also had success making the ramp the only way they could get up into “their” chair. Also, it is easier for dogs to learn to walk down a ramp before they learn to walk up it, so incorporate that if you can. Do NOT force your dog up or down, let them go at their pace. Anyone who has taken dog agility knows if your dog has a fearful experience with an obstacle or piece of equipment, it becomes A LOT harder to get them to try it some more and master it.
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