Small dogs are delicate, and can sustain injuries by falling from even low heights. Short-legged breeds like dachshunds and basset hounds have an especially difficult time jumping, and are prone to joint and spinal injuries. Often, Veterinarians must treat pets who jumped from the bed or couch and landed poorly, or who tried to jump higher than they were able and injured themselves. In other cases, elderly dogs may be suffering from arthritis or other joint disease; these dogs may no longer be able to climb or jump as easily as they once did. Pets with these difficulties may benefit from dog steps to help provide access to furniture or other high places they can no longer reach.
While some people do not want their pets on the furniture, many pet owners find that pet ownership is more enjoyable if the pet is made part of the family. Allowing your dog in your bed, couch, or chair enables you to share time with your pooch while enjoying your daily activities at home. A dog can climb onto the couch with pet steps, allowing him easy access to your lap without threat of injury.
You can even train your pet to use dog steps instead of jumping onto the furniture. With a little training, your pet can be taught that he is only allowed on the furniture when the pet stairs are out; at other times, such as when you have company, the stairs can be removed and the dog will learn not to jump onto the furniture.
If you have a small breed dog, or one with reduced mobility due to age or illness, pet stairs can make a dramatic improvement on your pet's quality of life. In addition to dogs, these stairs can be used by any small animal: rabbits, guinea pigs, even rats.
Pet steps enable your companion to climb up onto your sofa or bed easily, without danger of falling and hurting itself. Additionally, pet stairs can be used to provide access to window sills so that your pet can get a clear view of the outdoors and reduce boredom. The flexibility offered by pet steps and ramps makes them a great purchase for any dog lover.