We train our dogs so that we and they can enjoy life together. Sometimes we manage situations with them, and that’s where dog steps can be very useful. Here are some handy steps that can be used to help your dog get up or down in situations where they are too small to jump, or shouldn’t jump for whatever reason. They can sure save your back too!
That is the link for the smaller one. The manufacturers say they can hold up to 120 pounds, but most people use them for smallish dogs or for cats.
They also make a larger set of dog stairs:
Use them for getting in and out of beds, SUV and pickups, sofas, etc. I bet some dogs play on them!
You may need to do a little training at first, specially if your dog isn’t comfortable with going up and down stairs. I’ve found that food treats are very useful in helping dogs to get over their fear of stairs. Let’s say you have a set of these steps. Put them up someplace where they are right up against a wall, inside or outside. Leave them there for a few hours so the dog has a chance to sniff them and get used to them. Then put a dog treat on the ground by the bottom step and see if your dog will take it.. all but the most fearful dogs will gobble it. I use a pretty low-value treat for something like this, maybe just bits of the dog’s everyday dry food.
Once the dog is comfortable with that, put some treats on the bottom step. Then when the dog will eat those, go up another step. With a larger dog, it will be able to stay on the ground for several steps, but a smaller one may have to step up. Anyway, at a certain point you’ll have to move the steps to where you want to use them, be it a bed, a sofa, or a vehicle. Carry on with the treats until the dog is at ease. No rushing!
If you are using clicker training with the dog already, you can incorporate the clicker into the situation.