|Barked: Mon Oct 18, '10 9:36am PST |
|i use ramps.
it's awesome! i race up and down a million times a day from the couch!
you can build one with 10 bucks of scraps from home depot. mine are plywood and have rug for gripping. way better than steps and a must for all doxies.
dachshunds should never jump down off the furniture, muscled or not.
a ramp takes up more space than stairs, but for a small dog, stairs are very hard on the neck, back, hips and knees; especially for an older dog.
often, they won't even let you know how hard it is for them to go up or down stairs as they are happy to be going in or out of the house.
you can sometimes tell if they are 'feeling it', if they are appreciative when carried. we discovered that with our lola and felt so badly we didn't even realize she had been suffering until she refused to go up or down.
you might be able to rig ramps up the side of furniture instead of the front, for instance with a sofa or lazy boy, so as to keep 'footroom'.
i don't know how to climb stairs at all. i just yap to be picked up!
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