One, your dog recently had surgery. Post-operative rehabilitation using a ramp or stairs is commonly prescribed for
dogs recovering from ligament ruptures, sprains and tears. Dogs recovering from fracture repair surgery or spinal surgery because of disc disease benefit as well. Two, your dog has an ongoing medical condition. Chronic pain associated with arthritis, long term knee problems, chronic disc disease, and others can be better managed through specific exercises using ramps or stairs. The exercises help strengthen which in the long run reduces pain and helps keep your pet mobile Three, dogs that participate in sports like agility or flyball, and dogs that work in search and rescue or law enforcement benefit from the ongoing training on a ramp to strengthen muscles and improve balance.
While ramps and stairs are helpful to strengthen muscles, manage pain and rehabilitate dogs after surgery they can also be helpful mobility tools for the disabled or old dog too. Ramps can make it safer and easier to get around and help prevent injuries. Ramps or stairs should be sturdy and have nonslip surfaces such as carpet. Be sure to use lots of positive reinforcement (read the word “treats” there) when first introducing the ramp to make it a success!