Dachshunds are becoming more and more popular over the years, they’re easy to spot with their long bodies and short legs, and they make great family pets.
However, one thing that is often missing from a dachshund’s life is a ramp. In this blog post will discuss the importance of ramps for dachshunds, and why you should think about investing in one.
Why do Dachshunds need ramps?
Dachshunds are full of energy and think they’re the boss of the house. They love to run, play and often jump on and off things.
Unfortunately, due to their long bodies and short legs, they’re also more suspectable to a condition called IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease), which is extremely painful and can cost thousands in vet bills to get this fixed. Not to mention the hours of crate rest needed post-surgery. This is something you should take seriously and prevent whenever possible.
One of the most effective and cheapest ways to help prevent IVDD is by providing your dachshund with a ramp.
A ramp is a great way for your dachshund to get up and down from different levels of the home, whether it’s getting onto the sofa, going upstairs, or getting into your car.
Are Ramps or Stairs Better for A Dachshund?
Although this does come down to personal preference, ramps are typically seen as being more beneficial than stairs for a few reasons.
1) Ramps are easier for a dachshund to navigate. Dachshunds have short legs, so they don’t have the same leverage as humans do when climbing stairs. Ramps are also typically wider than stairs, which makes them easier for a dachshund to get onto and off.
2) Stairs can still cause back injuries in dachshunds. Stairs are often too steep for a dachshund to climb, and they can easily fall down the stairs. A ramp also allows your dachshund to take their time getting up and down, which reduces the chance of them falling or injuring themselves.
3) Ramps are adjustable. Depending on the age or even the gradient of the ramp, a ramp can be made to be as steep or shallow as necessary. This is important because not all dachshunds are the same size, and some may need more of a gradual slope to get up and down safely.
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What type of ramp do you need?
There are many different types of ramps available on the market today, from simple wooden ramps to elaborate metal ones. It’s important to choose the right type for your pet’s needs and lifestyle.
Some ramps can be folded up for easy storage, while others may require a lot of space. It’s also important to consider the weight limit of the ramp; if you have multiple dogs in your household, you will need a ramp that they can all use!
Finally, it’s helpful to know what kind of surface the ramp is meant to be used on; some ramps are made specifically for use on hard surfaces like pavement or wood floors, while others work better on softer surfaces like grass or carpeting.
There is no wrong answer when it comes to choosing a ramp for your dachshund; just make sure that you select one that will meet their needs and fit into their lifestyle.
How Do I Train My Dachshund To Use The Ramp?
Now you’ve decided that a ramp is a must-have for your dachshund, the next question is how do you go about getting one? There are a few different ways to go about this.
Start slow and steady.
Dachshunds can be a reactive breed and often react negatively to changes, so start by gradually introducing the ramp. If your dachshund is resistant or scared of the ramp at first, don’t force it. Leave the ramp out, and let your Dachshund have a sniff and get used to it.
Once they’re happy with the ramp being left out, you can start training them to use it.
A great way to start getting your Dachshund to use the ramp is by using treats!
Lay the ramp down flat (without any gradient at all) and put a line of treats down the middle. Let your Dachshund slowly work their way down the ramp, eating all the treats. Ideally, they will be standing on the ramp as they do this to get used to it.
Once your Dachshund is comfortable using the ramp in this manner, you can start to gradually increase the gradient of the ramp. This will help them learn that it’s okay to get up and down from different levels.
Once you’ve mastered this method, you can start to introduce the ramp into their life and give them positive reinforcement when they use it.
This means giving them treats or praise right after they use the ramp. Your Dachshund will soon realize that using the ramp is a good thing with all the treats and praise they get!
Wrapping Things Up
So there you have it, the importance of ramps for dachshunds. By providing your pet with a ramp, you can help prevent painful and costly IVDD diagnoses in the future.
Ramps are a simple and affordable way to make your dachshund’s life much easier and give you peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to prevent injury.
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