Dog ramps are a very important part of a dog’s life who are unable to individually access the back of your vehicle unaided. However, they are incredibly important to us as owners, as we have a responsibility to our four legged friends to ensure they are safe and comfortable whilst under out protection. This means that we, as owners, should not be getting hurt in the process of helping them out, so choosing the correct ramp weight and assembling it properly could save us a great deal of pain ourselves – and back-ache for that matter!
Choosing the correct weight for your needs
There are many owners around the world that own dogs that are actually bigger than themselves; these dogs may require a larger ramp than usual. With some ramps weighing up to 30lbs, you may have trouble extending them with ease, so it’s important to find a ramp that you are able to manage that also supports the weight of your pet!
There are plenty of plastic ramps available that weigh light as a feather, however, the holding power is lacking in comparison to the heavier, metallic varieties of ramp, so choosing the correct ramp for both dog and owner is of absolute importance. To avoid this problem, you first need to determine the actual size of your dog, you can use our dog sizing guide as an aid to assess the capabilities of a ramp based on the weight of the dog that is using it.
If your dog weighs over 100lbs, a 150lbs maximum capacity ramp would not be ideal as it would be flexing and straining under your dog’s weight, so opting for a denser material that holds more weight is probably ideal, but keep in mind the product weight whilst doing so as there tends to be a direct comparison between holding weight and product weight. In general, the more a ramp can hold means that it needs to be a bulkier model, increasing it’s product weight and in-turn increasing the weight that you have to carry when manoeuvring the weight, time to hit the gym if you own a larger dog!
Tri-Fold? Bi-Fold? What do I pick
Prior to worrying about ramp weights, I would suggest viewing our (LINK) Gradients & Support (LINK) guide that will give you an inkling of the length of ramp that is required for your pet.
Depending entirely on your storage options, there is a general rule of thumb to be followed when considering buying a folding variety of ramp, (which 90% of ramps available are). This rule is as follows.
Tri-Folding Ramps – Great choice for those without Storage, Harder to set up
Bi-Folding Ramps – Great choice for those with Storage, Easier to set up
So, forfeiting extra storage space results in an easier set-up. However, depending on your length requirements, you may struggle to find a bi-folding ramp that extends further than 70 Inches, so consider checking out our Gradients & Support guide before following this rule of thumb.
Overall, we buy these ramps to aid our pets, but putting our backs out in the process would result in them not being walked at all so help yourself to help them by checking out the product weights prior to making a purchase, if you are unable to lift 30lbs, do not go for a hefty 500lb maximum capacity ramp, injuring yourself will not do you or your pet any favours! You can view our dog ramps and their complete measurements in the ‘Read More section’ underneath each product (LINK) Located Here (LINK).