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Question Using a ramp? which one?

I'm looking into getting a ramp to get the dogs into and out of the new SUV. Cargo area is 30 inches off the ground, so need one that will work for that.

These are the two I'm looking at most. Does anyone use them, or do you have a different one that you recommend?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014AOC68/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Gear-Tri-Fold-Ramp-200-pounds/dp/B000GIPWMM/ref=zg_bs_3024186011_5
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I'm looking into getting a ramp to get the dogs into and out of the new SUV. Cargo area is 30 inches off the ground, so need one that will work for that.

These are the two I'm looking at most. Does anyone use them, or do you have a different one that you recommend?

Mr. Herzher's Smart Ramp

Pet Gear Tri-Fold Pet Ramp

We have a Ford Expedition and a GMC Jimmy and chose the Pet Gear Tri-fold ramp because of a little extra width (20") that it had to offer than the most of the others that had less than 18" and also the easy storage with the tri-fold design. We liked the abrasive runner on it also to help with traction for the dogs. We've also used it on our porch steps to help with our bridge dog when he was having trouble getting up the steps.

We bought ours from Petsmart and it had very good reviews. http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
I give it an A+ for our household.

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This is the ramp I have. I used it for about the last 3 yrs of Buddy's life and still use it now, it looks like it did the day I bought it. The surface is easy for them to walk on without slipping.
Jeep Tri Fold Dog and Pet Ramps
I actually bought mine at Petco or Petsmart, can't remember which.
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We have a Ford Expedition and a GMC Jimmy and chose the Pet Gear Tri-fold ramp because of a little extra width (20") that it had to offer than the most of the others that had less than 18" and also the easy storage with the tri-fold design. We liked the abrasive runner on it also to help with traction for the dogs. We've also used it on our porch steps to help with our bridge dog when he was having trouble getting up the steps.

We bought ours from Petsmart and it had very good reviews. Pet Gear Portable Pet Ramp - Summer PETssentials - Dog - PetSmart
I give it an A+ for our household.
Have you found it easy to set up and handle? I need it to fit into the car while the dogs are in. Does it bounce when dogs use it?
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This is the ramp I have. I used it for about the last 3 yrs of Buddy's life and still use it now, it looks like it did the day I bought it. The surface is easy for them to walk on without slipping.
Jeep Tri Fold Dog and Pet Ramps
I actually bought mine at Petco or Petsmart, can't remember which.
Is it easy to use and put away?
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I've tried all the ramps with Chance and he just won't use them. Scared to death to even put one paw on them. Lucy had no issues at all using them, (she's my little circus dog, she's up for anything ). I thought that when Chance saw Lucy going up and down the ramp he would just follow her. Nope...didn't work. I even tried stairs. Those were a no-go, too.

The one that I really liked, though, was this one:

Solvit UltraLite Bifold Pet Ramp - Dog Ramps For Pick-Up Trucks and Portable Dog Ramps from petco.com

The main reason I liked it was that it had sides on the actual ramp. I think that if their feet should slip, they would prevent the foot from going over the side. The only thing that would be better is if it was a little wider.

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Is it easy to use and put away?
Yes very easy to fold and store. It has a nice lip on it too so it will stay where you put it.
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We bought our ramp from dogramp.com

Dog Ramp.com - Pioneers of the First Telescoping Dog Ramp. Buy Direct and Save!

It's very well-made although a little on the heavy side - but that may be why it's held up so well.

We used it when my GSD couldn't do steps anymore. We set it up semi-permanently over the 2 steps up to my deck and he went in and out of the house that way for his last year or 2. That was back in 2004/2005. Also used it for getting him in and out of the SUV.

Then in 2006 Chance used it for a short time after his heart surgery. I would recommend it.

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Have you found it easy to set up and handle? I need it to fit into the car while the dogs are in. Does it bounce when dogs use it?
Yes, the Petgear ramp is trifold with a handle and is very easy to set up. It weighs a little more than the others but isn't difficult to use. It has a very small amount of bounce but nothing that bothers the dogs.

Our Rhett was hesitant at first to use it and kept wanting to get in the car the old fashioned way by just jumping up, but after guiding him up the ramp with a nice piece of kibble, he got the hang of it pretty quick. We've been happy with ours.
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