I have a 12 year old dachshund, Cooper, who has been a jumper since he was a puppy. I could never stop him from jumping. He had some back soreness several months ago and thought of getting this ramp, but didn’t want to spend that much on something he might not use. He is very stubborn. I finally decided to order the Doggo ramp in early May. I was excited when it came and put it out to let Cooper get used to it.
The following day he was in extreme pain. Turns out he has disc disease with 3 bad discs. He was put on several meds and I had to keep him calm and no jumping for 3 weeks. As that would interfere with my seeing if he’d use the ramp and maybe have to return, I contacted customer service. I got a very nice response from Jesse who extended the time frame for me to return it.
After 3 weeks Cooper finally reached a point where I felt I could try and get him used to the ramp. I got him to sniff it and take a treat off it as the flyer suggested. I then tried to get him to use it in the low position. He was having none of that. He just shook or would bark at the treats I put on it.
I again contacted Jesse and was given a link showing Ryan getting Crusoe used to the ramp. It was so helpful. I realized I wasn’t doing it properly. So I tried it with Cooper’s treats. Still not cooperating. Then I remembered that he loves cheese and will do anything for it. Armed with small pieces of cheese and small treats I did what was shown in the video.
After 45 minutes and lots of cheese and treats. He is going up and down with no hesitation. He loves that he now can get up and down on his own. I did have to put pillows on the outside of the ramp and on one end of the sofa as he was tried to jump on and off the ramp. I am hopeful that eventually he will no longer want to do that and I can remove the pillows.
If you are considering buying this but not sure your dog will adjust. Get it! Cooper is proof that with a bit of work, patience and praise they will use it.