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Old 11-04-2012, 02:14 AM
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Hi there!!

I'm just wondering what you all think about doggie steps? Our bed is fairly high, but Zero can jump onto and off of it - sometimes when jumping up he struggles a bit.

I know that Chi's can have that luxating patella problem, and as of now, he doesn't have that issue. My husband and I were wondering though, if we should get a set of the step to put at the end of the bed, to prevent any problems from forming..... can they develop bad joints from jumping up and down over time? We live in a basement, so it's concrete under paper thin carpet... it's a pretty hard landing.

Any opinions?

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I truly think they are a necessity for our Chis. They can so easily harm themselves with jumping off of furniture. Gemma has steps for the bed and couch that we built out of old boxes and packaging tape. I just throw a towel over them and they work perfectly for her. I would like real sets of doggy stairs at some point, but I just don't have the $50 x 2 for that right now.

This is also a great idea for making your own stairs:

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Thanks!! I'll check that out right now!
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We bought Odie some to use with our bed, but they ended up not being high enough. She doesn't jump on and off the bed though, it's way too high. The ones we bought were flimsy too, and she was really hesitant to go on them. I really do like the idea of stairs though! We don't use any in our living room because it's pretty small and we don't really have room, and we also have two couches. When we buy a new single couch this winter though, look out! There will definitely be stairs. I might consider making a really sturdy set myself out of wood though.
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I got our stairs at Petco. They were around $50 but very nice ones!


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My bed and couch are very low to the ground here so I didn't worry about it. When I lived with my parents though Toby had stairs to the bed and couch. I left them there when I moved and haven't needed them because my furniture is low.

If and when I have higher furniture I'd definitely get a set. I think it depends on the dog- some are more sturdy than others. Some refuse to jump. Others refuse to use stairs. I'd go to a store and test out the ones you like.

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I agree, stairs are a big help for the babies who have taller beds to leap out of.


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Hi there!!

I'm just wondering what you all think about doggie steps? Our bed is fairly high, but Zero can jump onto and off of it - sometimes when jumping up he struggles a bit.

I know that Chi's can have that luxating patella problem, and as of now, he doesn't have that issue. My husband and I were wondering though, if we should get a set of the step to put at the end of the bed, to prevent any problems from forming..... can they develop bad joints from jumping up and down over time? We live in a basement, so it's concrete under paper thin carpet... it's a pretty hard landing.

Any opinions?

Thanks!
I would definately get some steps. We have made one in my daughter's room ourselves because you can't get them here. We are trying to make one for our bed now. A few days ago she tried to jump on my bed, which normally she could do with ease, and she did something to her leg and was limping on and off for days. She does not do it anymore, it was a pinched nerve. Still she thumps off the bed. I now try to get to her first, so when I see her getting ready, I take her off myself. She doesnt do it often, but we are making her a little step because like yours, its a hard landing.

Yes, it does create problems and worstens any existing ones. Happy stair making
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