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Stairs for dogs are often used to help smaller dogs be more independent. They provide your dog with easy access to elevated surfaces and spaces. In addition, they can help prevent injuries by lowering the impact on your dog’s joints (because your dog can walk down from elevated surfaces, rather than jump).
Dog stairs are also known as doggy steps and pet stairs and are typically used indoors.
In this article, we’ll look at everything there is to know about dog stairs – from puppy stairs, to dog steps for beds and couches, and the best ways to introduce your dog to using pet stairs.
Are dog stairs good for dogs?
There are a number of potential benefits associated with dog steps:
- Your dog will be able to get on top of elevated surfaces (for example the couch or bed) themselves. This can make them feel more confident and independent, therefore potentially decreasing levels of anxiety.
- Every time your dog jumps off an elevated surface, there’s an impact on their joints. By giving your dog access to dog steps, this can be avoided.
What are the best stairs for dogs?
To pick the best dog stairs for your home, there are a few things to consider:
- Check if they’re the correct height because unlike with telescoping dog ramps, you won’t be able to customise the height of pet stairs
- The dog stairs should be wide enough for your dog to comfortably walk on them, and they should include a non-slip surface to prevent your dog from slipping
Cheapest pet steps for Australians
If you’re after a no-fuss affordable option, check your local Kmart and with a bit of luck they’ll have their pet steps for just $22 available.
What’s the difference between a dog ramp and pet steps?
Pet steps are predominantly used for small dogs inside the home, whereas dog ramps are frequently also used for bigger dogs, and in particular to help them get out of vehicles.
That said, you can also get a small dog ramp (often advertised as dachshund ramps) instead of steps, for your small dog to use at home.