How to Choose the Right Dog Ramp by Tim Berrisford
Choosing the right dog ramp can be a nightmare. There are quite a few different types of dog ramps available and it is easy to make the wrong decision which would mean that you become the proud owner of the wrong ramp. To try to help you to choose the right dog ramp for you and your dog and importantly your car we have written this article to try to help you prevent making a costly mistake.
Most pet shops don't actually stock dog ramps as they are perceived to be a niche product and are a bulky item that doesn't return a high value per square foot of retail area. Pets At Home are the exception to this as they do sell a ramp called the Coopers dog ramp , but this is a very lightweight dog ramp that is extremely flimsy, without an anti-slip surface and this should be avoided at all costs.
For the reason above most purchases of dog ramps are made via the internet and Easy Animal is perhaps the largest seller of dog ramps on the internet, certainly we carry the largest range of any company available online. At easyanimal.co.uk we offer a fast free next day delivery on all the dog ramps that we sell, this really suits those people who phone us up to say that their dog is going to the vets the following day and they desperately need a dog ramp.
When you are looking to buy a dog ramp there are a few key factors that need to be considered which are as follows:
1. How heavy is your dog?
2. What vehicle do you need to fit the ramp to?
3. How fit and able are you?
Firstly the weight of your dog is of paramount importance as every ramp has a load capacity. If the weight of your dog exceeds this or even gets near to the capacity the ramp will certainly flex and with continued use will ultimately break. Should your dog fall from a ramp that collapses it will certainly lose any confidence to use a ramp or at worst injure itself. Some ramps flex more than others and this is a really important consideration when deciding which ramp to buy.
Secondly you need to know your vehicles height of the boot space if you are intending to get your dog into the rear space or boot of your vehicle. Basically the higher your vehicle the longer the ramp you will need. Most dogs prefer a very gentle incline, and certainly if your dog is nervous or hasn't used a ramp before then the lesser the incline the better.
The best way to determine the incline of the dog ramp is to take a tape measure and put one end of the tape onto the bumper of your vehicle then measure the length of the stated ramp and with the other end of the tape touch the ground, from the side you will be able to get an idea of the slope of the ramp.
What people who are considering buying a ramp need to do is to ensure that they buy a ramp that is long enough, one of the most common reasons for returning a ramp is because it is just too short or the incline too steep. Whilst long ramps are ideal it is crucial that considerations as to where to store the ramp are taken, again it is very important to look at the folded or stored dimensions of each dog ramp before making a decision to purchase. Will you have children in the car or other passengers, will you have the space to store the ramp and the dog when the car is fully laden? All these factors need to be well thought through and certainly it's a great idea to measure this thoroughly before deciding which ramp suits you best.
Thirdly a really important factor to consider is how fit and able are you, some dog ramps can be heavy and difficult to manoeuvre. Whilst lifting ramp is certainly lighter than lifting your dog the actual weight of these need to be considered especially if you are elderly or frail. Most people try to choose a ramp that is as light as possible, but as the weight of each ramp differs is is something that you will need to study in detail.
It is obvious that every buyer has a unique set of conditions, they will have a different breed of dog, a different age of dog, a different vehicle and so many other unique factors, and yet there are only a relatively small number of different types of dog ramps available. For this reason it is very clear that there has to be compromise when making that difficult decision as to which dog ramp to buy. At Easy Animal we offer a free helpline where potential dog ramp buyers can call us on 0800 849 8844 to get free impartial advice on which ramp may well suit you.
In the near future we will be producing a dog ramp review which will detail all the main pros and cons of each type and brand of ramp to help you to decide which is the best dog ramp for you.
Tim Berrisford runs the one of the leading online stores for dog training products within the UK. The company called Easyanimal.co.uk sells a comprehensive range of some of the top brands of dog training products available.
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