Buying the best dog ramp for your pooch will depend on a few things. Such as, where you want to use it, indoors or outdoors, and the size of your dog.
If it’s a dog ramp for outdoor use then think, easy to keep clean, a portable dog ramp (because where ever you go you might want it with you), stable and waterproof.
For indoor dog ramps, you would need some, if not all of these features:
- Carpeted, so your pooch can get traction to walk up and down it easily.
- A safe angle doesn’t want to be too steep an angle or your dog will have a problem going up and coming down.
- Lightweight dog ramps, unless you intend buying a dog ramp for different areas, bedrooms and lounge, for example, you will probably need to move it from room to room.
- Side barriers it’s an enormous concern that he might topple over the side and give himself a serious injury.
- A folding ramp for dogs and puppies for easy storage when not in use.
There are so many pet steps and ramps to choose from and it can be a frustrating and confusing task, checking each one out. So we’ve done the work for you, here are our top choices for the 10 best dog ramps, and buyer’s guide to help you pick the best one for your needs.
1. PetSafe CozyUp Bed Ramp
Our top choice for best dog ramp for bed
This bed dog ramp supports dogs weighing up to 120lbs, stable, safety-tested, and easy to assemble.
The ramp has a gradual incline rather than steep. So it’s a little longer than other ramps. But there’s less risk of a dog wandering over the edge or losing their balance. Plus older dogs suffering from arthritis don’t want to be trying to walk up or down steep inclines. That is a strain on their joints.
And with built-in heavy-duty carpeting, which is non-slip, adds to making the ramp easier for them to negotiate. The ramp is one of several wide pet ramps at 16 inches. Some dogs can be a little nervous about walking or running up ramps, and the width gives them some added confidence.
The ramp requires putting together and comes in several pieces. The instructions are explicit and will take approximately 20-25 minutes. The finished ramp is not heavy, but it’s bulky because of its length. Put it together in the same room you intend to use it.
What we like / don’t like about the PetSafe CozyUp Bed Ramp:
- Longer slope, meaning the incline is not steep. Safer for dogs running up and down the ramp.
- Made from sturdy wood, choice of white or Cherry wood.
- Easy to assemble. One person can handle it easily.
- The carpet is heavy-duty. Thick enough to give dogs a good grip, even if they have had their claws clipped.
- Ample width at 16 inches to give the most nervous dogs confidence to negotiate the ramp.
- Earlier models had a problem with the carpet being too slippery (the manufacturers have dealt with the issue).
- It is a sizeable piece of furniture. Not practical to move from room to room and not from upstairs to downstairs. So you might need to buy two of them.
2. Pet Gear Easy Step Bed Stair
Runner up for best dog ramp for bed
They design the easy step bed stair for smaller dogs. It doesn’t have a high step height, but a small breed of dog can get all four legs comfortably on each platform. To avoid taking up too much space in the bedroom they have created the stairs in an ‘L’ shape, easy to clip together. So it wraps around the bed. There is a back panel that opens to allow storage space.
The carpets on each step are quick to remove and can washable in a machine. If you prefer matching colors in your bedroom, there is a choice of chocolate or grey.
What we like / don’t like about the Pet Gear Easy Step Bed Stair:
- Space-saving – the ‘L’ shape design allows the stairs to wrap around the bed.
- Low step-height – the stairs come with only 5″ step height, ideal for a small dog’s safety.
- Platform – standing and turning platform is a full 25.5″ allowing plenty of space to turn and negotiate to the other side of the steps.
- Special grippers on the base of the unit create stability and keep it in situ.
- The stairs are only suitable for small dogs.
- Unless you have carpets in the bedroom may slide.
- They slant downwards a little, may put some dogs off.
3. Pet Gear Easy Step II Pet Stairs
Our top choice for best dog ramps for couches
The Pet Gear Easy Step II is ideal for small and medium dogs that have problems getting up onto the couch for their snuggle time. Equally important is the ability to walk down instead of jumping off and damaging fragile bones and joints.
The depth of the two steps gives great stability for the dogs, without fear of them slipping off, and with a step height of only 6,” even small dogs can navigate the stairs. There are rubber grippers on the base to further help with stability.
The carpet tread is washable and removes easily. They are lightweight and unobtrusive. They can easily be situated upstairs for use with a bed. Might be a little low if you have a high bed, but for an average height bed, they work great.
What we like / don’t like about the Pet Gear Easy Step II Pet Stairs:
- A Lightweight portable pet ramp for dogs, clips together with minimum fuss.
- Carpet is removable for washing.
- Low step height to accommodate small dogs.
- Deep steps, so dogs can feel secure.
- Rubber grippers on the base help further with stability.
- Not for larger dogs.
- The stairs slant downwards slightly, which might put some dogs off.
4. Pet Gear Free-Standing Ramp
Our top choice for best senior dog ramps
The Pet Gear Free Standing Ramp is easy to move around the home and position where you like. It’s also versatile because it folds in the middle for easy storage and to take in your vehicle for outside use. They cover the ramp in supertraX. They use this product on ramps and stairs where traction is imperative.
The manufacturer describes the material as “pressure-activated gripping” which means as a dog applies pressure to the carpet, the stronger the grip becomes. You can remove the carpeting to facilitate easier cleaning. The platform is 19.25 inches wide, with raised edges, providing a suitable area for the older dog to feel more secure.
What we like / don’t like about the Pet Gear Free-Standing Ramp:
- This dog ramp for senior dogs is freestanding – making it versatile, easy to position, and store.
- It’s covered in supertraX – creating a non-slip surface for a dog to negotiate.
- A wide dog ramp of 19.25 inches and raised edges – adds to the safety element of the ramp.
- Because supertraX can be cleaned it’s ideal for inside and outside use.
- Lightweight dog ramp – only 14.55 lbs make it easy to transport.
- Up to 300lbs dog.
- The supertraX does not go right to the edges of the platform – can become slippery because of that, but with the added width of this ramp probably not too much of an issue.
5. PetSafe Happy Ride Folding Pet Ramp
Our runner up choice for best senior dog ramps
The PetSafe Happy Ride dog ramp is suitable for older dogs. It’s very lightweight, only weighing 10lbs, but has been tested for dogs up to 150lbs.
The ramp is a versatile piece of equipment, the lightweight enables you to fold, deploy, and carry it in your vehicle where ever you take your dog. Other useful features include a high-traction surface for good grip, built-in 4″ high side rails, and a 16″ wide platform, which will help to calm the nerves of nervous dogs.
What we like / don’t like about the PetSafe Happy Ride Folding Dog Ramp:
- Lightweight – the manufacturer claims at 10lbs this is the lightest on the market.
- Strong and durable – even allowing for its lack of weight, it has still been tested for dogs up to 150lbs.
- High traction surface – gives dogs the confidence to walk up and down the ramp easily.
- High side rails – another feature that will help instill confidence in nervous dogs.
- Wide platform – at 16″ it’s a decent width plus with the high side rails, no dog should slip off the ramp.
- Rubber feet – having rubber feet at the base helps to prevent the ramp from moving.
- We don’t like the quality of the surface, it’s too slippery. There is an easy fix, any outdoor carpet glued or screwed down onto the ramp solves the issue.
- The manufacturer claims it’s good for trucks and SUVs but we think at 62″ long it’s too steep an angle for dogs to easily walk on, especially for older dogs, dogs with joint pain, or dogs of a nervous disposition.
6. PetSafe Happy Ride Telescoping Dog Ramp
Our top choice of best dog ramps for SUV and trucks
If you think folding a dog ramp inconvenient or you think they become unstable for heavier dogs, then the PetSafe Happy Ride Telescoping Dog Ramp will be the better choice for you.
The ramp extends from 39″ up to 72″, and can take dogs weighing up to 400lbs. For your SUV, use it fully extended. But the ramp is very versatile, for example, if lifting your dog onto a grooming table is out of the question, then use your telescoping ramp. It weighs only 13lb, so can go anywhere and stored easily in your vehicle.
It’s made from aluminum and plastic, which is why it’s strong yet lightweight. The manufacturer claims it’s stronger and weighs less than its competition. Slides out and back for easy use with a simple locking mechanism for use when stored. The platform is 17 inches wide with built-in guard rails, makes even the most nervous dogs, comfortable.
What we like / don’t like about the PetSafe Happy Ride Telescoping Dog Ramp:
- The telescoping design – makes it easy to carry, stow away, and opens with ease.
- Very strong – will take an enormous dog up to 400lbs.
- The surface is high traction – your dog will get up and down without fear of slipping or sliding.
- Built-in guard rails – extra security feature gives the dog confidence he won’t fall off.
- Lightweight – because it weighs only 13lbs, you can carry and use virtually anywhere.
- Simple to clean – use only a mild detergent and quick wash.
- Would help to have a locking feature when the ramp is fully extended.
- Non-slip material could do with being thicker.
7. Pet Gear Full-Length Tri-Fold Pet Ramp
Our runner up choice for best dog ramps for SUV and trucks
The Pet Gear Tri-Fold when folded is nicely compact for easy storage and weighs only 15lbs. When opened it extends out to 71″.
The ramp is fully carpeted and has rubber grippers to aid instability. At the other end, it’s raised edges and safety strap helps keep it in place on the vehicle. Dogs up to 200lbs can use the ramp.
What we like / don’t like about the Pet Gear Full-Length Tri-Fold Pet Ramp:
- Has a slip-resistant surface for easy negotiation up and down the ramp.
- Tri-fold design means it’s compact and easy to store.
- Lightweight, only 15lbs also helps with its portability.
- Rubber grippers on the bottom help keep it steady when in use.
- Built-in handle for easy carry.
- Extends out to 71″ long enough to maintain a less steep angle.
- Will take dogs weighing up to 200lbs.
- There are no safety rails. Nervous dogs may slip off the side of the ramp.
- Even though extends to 71″ on high-backed vehicles the incline is too steep.
8. Pet Gear Full Length Bi-Fold Pet Ramp
Our top choice for best dog ramp for cars
The Pet Gear Travel Lite ramp is ideal for use with cars, 66″ when fully extended, but folds in the middle, so can easily stow away in any car. It’s lightweight at only 13lbs.
To ease any nervous dogs, the ramp comes with a pressure-activated grip by supertraX and has raised sides from a platform of 16″ wide.
Even though it’s lightweight, it can still take the weight of dogs up to 150lbs, and the high side rails prevent dogs from slipping off the sides. Another excellent feature is the length of the ramp, because of the lower height of a car 66″ length means the ramp will not have a steep angle for dogs to navigate.
What we like / don’t like about the Pet Gear Full Length Bi-Fold Pet Ramp:
- Used with cars or lower vehicles, the length is perfect for not creating a steep incline.
- Pressure-grip supertraX makes it easy for dogs to navigate up and down the ramp.
- High side rails, another excellent safety feature.
- Lightweight at only 13lbs and folds in the middle for easy carry and storage.
- Supports the weight of dogs up to 150lbs.
- A safety strap to attach to the vehicle will prevent it from inadvertently slipping off.
- It’s too short to use on anything bigger than a car, creating a too steep angle for most dogs.
- We think the weight limit is too high and they should reduce it to a maximum of 100lbs.
- Can bend in the middle with a dog’s weight, making dogs and owners nervous.
9. Gen7Pets Natural Step Dog Ramp
Our runner up choice for best dog ramp for cars
The Gen7Pets Natural Step Dog Ramp folds virtually flat and weighing in at 17lbs makes it easy to take in and out of your car. It also has a safety lock once folded which prevents it from falling open and landing on your feet. On the top of the ramp is a security strap to clip it on your vehicle, when in use.
Because it’s 72″ when extended you might find it’s suitable for higher vehicles than a car, but used with a car creates a perfect, less steep angle for your dogs to navigate. The astroturf material your dog works on is comfortable for your dog’s paws while creating a healthy grip. The ramp works equally well with side doors and the back of vehicles.
What we like / don’t like about the Gen7Pets Natural Step Dog Ramp:
- Folds, almost flat, is easy to take in and out of your vehicle.
- The astroturf makes a soft but non-slip material for your dog to walk on.
- Suitable length at 72″ creating a not too steep angle for your dog to walk up and down.
- A security strap to keep the ramp in place.
- Can use from the back or side of a vehicle.
- An improvement to the ramp would be by making the walking platform a little wider. For larger dogs, it is a problem, even if the weight of the dog is not an issue.
- Some kind of handle to prevent trapping fingers when trying to fold the ramp.
- Don’t use with higher than average vehicles, the angle becomes too steep.
10. Trixie 3-Fold Pet Ramp
Our top choice for best budget dog ramp
The Trixie 3-Fold Pet Ramp is a steal at the price it’s sold at. It’s triple folding, so stores easily and at only 8lbs is one of the lightest ramps on sale.
Fully opened, the ramp extends to 58″ and has a nice 17″ wide walking platform. It’s made from polypropylene and thermoplastic rubber (TPR). The manufacturer recommends this ramp for dogs with arthritis.
If your dog is the nervous type, then having high sided rails will prevent him from slipping off the side of the platform. The TPR material provides a non-slip surface. Easy to clean, just a little detergent, and wash down. Dogs up to 100lbs will have no problem using the ramp. Best for use on cars. Higher vehicles will only make the incline to steep and many dogs will not adjust to it.
What we like / don’t like about the Trixie 3-Fold Pet Ramp:
- Lightweight – only 8lbs.
- A 3-way folding ramp for dogs is compact for easy storage and carriage in cars.
- Cleans easily.
- High side rails are an excellent safety feature.
- Is suitable for indoor use.
- Excellent value for a dog ramp.
- Not suitable for heavy dogs.
- The length prevents its use with higher vehicles, the incline becomes too steep.
- The material can get hot when left out in the sun.
In Summary: Why Do Dogs Need Ramps?
You may ask yourself “why does my dog need a dog ramp, he’s perfectly healthy, and he’s always jumping around?” That may well be true. But will it always be the case? As dogs age, same with humans, their joints hurt, their backs hurt, in fact just about everywhere hurts.
We can try to delay this as long as we can by reducing the wear and tear on our pooch’s joints. It will depend on your dog’s needs. If your dog has had an operation, the last thing you want him to do is to jump around, a dog ramp can help keep him grounded and exerting as little stress as possible.
If you have a small breed and you enjoy his company on your couch or bed, then a ramp is a big help. What I worry about with my Havanese is jumping down from higher places like the bed. He seems to forget where he is and if he wants to say, investigate some noise, he just jumps straight off. This prompted us to buy an indoor dog ramp.
But it’s not only fear of injury. What about dogs that are obese, getting on in years, or suffering from illness? All these are good reasons to invest in a dog ramp. If you’re getting on in years and lifting a dog up and down is causing you hardship or pain, then a dog ramp can be the ideal solution for yourself.
If you have tried to use a dog ramp with little success or your dog has never experienced using a ramp. Try this. Lay the ramp on the floor. Stand at one end with a treat and call your dog to walk over the ramp for his treat. Once he’s mastered that, then lift one end resting it on something he can step onto. You’ll have him using the ramp in no time.
Dog ramps can be incredibly useful, from small dogs giving them a boost up to the bed or couch, to just generally trying to save the wear and tear on our dog’s joints and even preventing jumping injuries.