A common question we receive here at Sausage Dog Central is how do I train my dog to use their Dachshund Ramp? Well, the good news is, If you’ve trained your dog to do anything, training them to use a ramp shouldn’t be an issue.
The trick for most dogs is training with treats, and lots of praise when they use the ramp. Many dogs will take to the ramp immediately and enjoy the freedom of running up and down, but if your dog is hesitant, training and persistence will help them get used to using their new method of transportation to the bed or couch.
Once your ramp arrives you will need;
- Ramp set up by the bed or couch you are using
- Material to block alternative routes, such as pillows or a baby gate
- Treats in small sizes
- A collar or harness attached to a leash
Once you receive your ramp, set it up and let your dog sniff around and inspect it, let them get used to it being in the house before moving onto the next steps
Once you are ready to begin training, you will want to stand by the ramp and use your hand to encourage your Doxie to go up it, most pups will naturally take to the ramp and you can practice them going up and down like this, each time your doxie goes up or down the ramp, make sure to praise them and give them a treat.
For dogs that are not taking to the ramp fast, you can attach a leash and block off alternative routes with cushions or a baby gate, then gently guide them up and down the ramp again using treats and praise when they complete their journey, make sure not to force or drag them onto the ramp, the leash is for gentle guidance only.
Once your Doxie is comfortable using the ramp and has made several guided journeys up and down, you will need to be persistent to create a lasting habit, a few daily sessions with 5-10 repetitions may be all you need to train this behavior if your dog at any time bypasses the ramp then block off the alternative routes again and leave these blocks in place until you are comfortable that they will continue using the ramp.
Why Ramp Training is essential
Our dachshunds are an important member of our family and are extremely prone to back issues caused by routinely hopping on and off the furniture or in and out of a car, due to their long body and short legs.
A dachshund ramp can help to minimize the stress of these jumps place on your dachshunds back, protecting your Doxies back by reducing the number of times he jumps each day and can help to prevent expensive back surgery in the future.
A Ramp is an essential item for any Dachshund owner, and we have built the DachRamp with your Doxies back health in mind.