Place the ramp flat on the ground and allow your dog to investigate it.
Walk your dog across the pet ramp. Encourage your dog to sit, stand, lay down, or even eat on the ramp.
Once your dog is comfortable on the ramp, move one end of the ramp onto a curb. Practice walking your dog up and down the ramp until he does it easily.
Gradually, move the ramp to the height of your vehicle. Encourage your dog with treats or praise as he walks up the ramp and down the ramp.
Again, practice and praise!!! Peanut butter or cheese spread are perfect as they encourage your dog to stay on the ramp while enjoying the rewards.
Congratulations! You have successfully trained your dog to go up and down the ramp! Your dog will love all of the places he can go with you now.
Remember, if you have any questions about training or the ramp, do not return your ramp to the store. CALL PetStep®, WE’RE HERE TO HELP! 877-272-1707
Pamela Johnson, of Pam’s Dog Academy, LLC posted a “how to” video on training a dog to use a ramp nearly a decade ago. We were tickled to notice that the ramp she was using was a PetStep ramp!
Pam does an awesome job showing how simple, positive techniques can make a dog comfortable with using a ramp. We hope that she’s loved her PetStep ramp!
If you own a dog ramp, do not place it loose in the compartment with your pet as it must be secured when not in use. Simply tuck the dog ramp behind your driver’s seat where it is safe and handy for you.