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We love our wiener dogs, so we want to do everything we can to make sure they live a long and healthy life. When it comes to dachshund ramps and stairs, they are known to reduce the risk of injuries and to help our dogs be more confident and independent. In this article, we’ll look into the most common frequently asked questions, and explore where you can buy dachshund ramps and stairs in Australia. Let’s get started.
What is the best dachshund ramp?
To find the best dachshund ramp for your personal circumstances, you will need to consider a couple of things:
1. Durability, material, and quality of the dachshund ramp
It’s important that the dog ramp you’ll get will be able to hold your dog’s weight.
Other than that, it mostly comes down to personal choice and preference, in proportion to how much money you want to spend. Most ramps are made from either plastic or wood. Some are hand-made in Australia, while others are imported from overseas.
2. The length of the dachshund ramp
The higher up your bed or couch is, the longer your ramp needs to be, as otherwise, the angle may become too steep for your dog to walk up and down.
BUT be aware that the longer your ramp is, the more space you need to set it up.
If you don’t have enough space, dog stairs may be a more suitable option for you.
Do dachshunds need ramps or stairs? Are they good for them?
No, no dachshund needs a dog ramp or steps (stairs). They don’t have to be able to get on top of places more easily, like you know, our bed or the couch.
But if you like to have your sausage dog close to you, a ramp (or stairs) can help to:
- Prevent injuries (for both you and the dog, because you won’t be lifting your dog up as much), as well as
- Make your dog more independent and confident (because they’re less reliable on you to get to places)
Are ramps or stairs better for dachshunds?
As opposed to dog ramps for other dog breeds, which are frequently used for getting in and out of cars when travelling, dachshund ramps and stairs are often used inside the home, to help your dog to get on top of the couch or bed.
So, the answer to whether stairs or ramps are better for you, mostly depends on your home and how much space you have.
That said, taking space and personal style-preference out of the equation, most dachshunds will find it easier to walk up and down a ramp, rather than steps on stairs.
Where can you buy a dachshund ramp or stairs in Australia?
Dachshund ramps can be hard to find in Australia, but you have a few different options. At first, I recommend checking Gumtree and Facebook marketplace. With a bit of luck, you can find a locally made dachshund ramp close to home. If you can’t find a dachshund ramp near you, you can buy one online, but make sure to double-check shipping fees and times before you make the purchase. Dachshund ramps aren’t typically sold in regular pet retail shops, but a lot of the time you can find pet steps and standard dog ramps there.
Online retailers you can check:
How do you make a dachshund ramp (DIY)?
If you want to make your own dachshund ramp, there are lots of tutorials on YouTube that you may find helpful.