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I bought this for my two Poodle/Shiu Tzu 20-25 lb. pets to climb onto the very tall family member’s bed. Naturally, I had to put their paws on it step by step a few times to get them used to it.
One was only slightly afraid of it at first & still goes slowly up it, but now he only needs a single simple verbal prodding (he tends to be lazy & want to be picked up.) He uses it to go down as well as he has shorter legs & the jump down must bother him enough to use it. The one who was terrified at first, she now races up it like it’s nothing, but has longer, springy legs & does not need it to jump off.
It feels like it’s barely a pound in weight & does move easily when pushed by a human, the leverage is great & center of gravity is nice & low to keep it stable.
It comes w/eight carpet-like sticky treads you see, four for now & four for future replacement. The “button” to lock it in place & push to close/fold is more a cheap latch that’s part of the structure that sticks out. It says locked & you have to press very hard to close/fold it again.
For the price & convenience of something foldable & lightweight, it’s great.
Edit: it’s January ’09 & still working fine, though we have never folded it. It is on a wood floor & will scoot a little when he would literally leap from the 2nd step instead of going all the way up, but does not with a small hop from the top. He still doesn’t want to use it, but it’s more that he likes being picked up/spoiled then mistrust. He goes up it when told to on his own totally, slow & most times now he just takes a big step to get on the bed from the top.
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I purchased this because our Rat Terrier likes to get up on the bed. Still fairly young, he has no problem jumping up two feet of matress and bed frame but I’ve noticed he limps occasionally when jumping down. Unfortunately the steps are small with a very steep incline so the little dog ends up carefully stepping down until he reaches a tipping point. Once gravity wins, he has to try running but the small but deep steps make a smooth return to floor level into a clumsy descent that crosses the borderline between comedy and potential injury.
Built out of the same material as most garbage cans, the too small and too thin pads are completely useless. The tiny rubber no-slip rubber feet work well enough until they fall off under the unimaginable stress brought by a 12 pound dog tumbling down the steps. After a brief inspection of the feet I also noticed that every time you extend the legs, the plastic is being bent severly by two round plastic bits that seem to function as a lock of some sort.
Other than that, fine product.
I have had these steps now for almost a year. I bought them thru Amazon and actually paid a little more for them then than they are now so that makes them an even better deal now.
They are sturdy, well built, easy to clean and a snap to fold and store.
Some people said that they found them to be wobbly or that their pet slipped off the side – That might be true if you can only use them in the direction they are shown in the picture however I turned them sideways so that one side of the bed was on the long side of the steps and my 8 lb dog and 13 lb older cat have no problem using them. Unless they have changed them since I bought mine, I was very impressed with how stable they are.
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