Training to use pet steps

Of course I have to start off a training post with the old saying, You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. In my case, I was looking at training an old dog and an old cat how to climb pet steps.

This first thing I tried was walking them up with a leash. My dog did not like that idea one bit. I then took a flat board and laid it over the steps to make a dog ramp. He took to this much better and after about the fifth try on the leash, he started to do up by himself. Next I tried out the cat ramp. He really had no issue with it just like the stairs. Once I had them both going up and down, and removed the board and had them test again with the steps. It worked like a charm so we moved on to the next challenge. Moving the steps to the couch.

I wish I would have started with the couch because it is a bit lower than the top of my bed so the last step is a lot shorter. Both animals used the dog stairs without any coaxing this time.

Some other tips that might help is to put the steps in a location where they would normally jump up on the furniture anyway. This way the only thing new to their existing habit is walking up the steps. Also, you can use the tried and true method of positive reinforcement and a healthy amount of treats!

Dog Stairs – Where are the reviews?

As a pet owner, I take great pride in the care of my animals. I have had both a cat and dog since they were young. We have all grown together and I have seen the different seasons of their life. They would run and chase each other when young, had a few small quarrels over toys and food, and even protected each other from a raccoon. They are both getting older now and their favorite thing to do is sleep.

As they continue to age, getting up and down from the higher places has become more of a challenge. I decided to start a quest to find some sort of pet ramp or pet stairs to assist in getting back up to their favorite spots in my bed and on the sofa.

When I started looking online for different options, two things stuck out right away. The cat stairs and cat steps available would not be large enough to be used as doggy steps. Also, I didn’t trust many of the reviews online as they seemed bogus or tied to a manufacturer’s website.

After finding dog stairs I really liked, I decided to write my own review to help others in the same situation as me. My favorite pick was the OxGord Dog Stairs.