Dogs light up our lives - they comfort us, play with us, and remind us that happiness comes from the simple things in life. Here at Puppy Stairs, we're a bunch of dog lovers looking to empower your animal to reach new heights! We know that it's relatively easy to cheer up a dog, whether that's with a simple game of catch or a little treat to remind them how much we care. One of the best ways to improve the lives of our beloved animals, though, is to make a concentrated effort to opening up our living spaces to them.
Dog stairs are a perfect way to allow our furry friends to access areas of our homes that they may not otherwise be able to reach. We prepared this page just for you, so that you can decide whether dog stairs might be the best option for you as a puppy parent.
You may have heard of doggie ramps, but what's the deal with dog stairs? Dog stairs serve the same practical purpose as doggie ramps, which is to allow your dog to reach higher platforms, like your bed or couch. Your pup might not be able to reach those spaces for a various amount of reasons, and we'll get back to that later. What makes dog stairs different is that they are cube-shaped--rather than one continuous, slowly inclining surface--and you can stack up as many as you need in order to allow your dog to reach whatever spot you'd like them to be able to reach.
The great thing about dog stairs is that they look just like regular furniture, like an ottoman, end table, or storage chest. While of course your dog's needs are paramount to aesthetics, it's nice to have the option to obscure the primary purpose of these little steps. If you're concerned about keeping your bedroom or living room's style intact, dog stairs allow you to aid your dog while keeping it classy. They're also a little more compact than dog ramps, so if you desire a product that serves the same function as a dog ramp but don't have enough space, you'll still be able to support your animal without it extending too far into your living area.
It's obvious why a small dog would need dog stairs--sometimes their little limbs just don't have the muscle capacity to launch themselves up on a taller couch or bed, as hard as they may try! While it's kind of adorable to watch your pup cutely struggle to climb something too high for them, at some point you kind of have to step in and help them out. That's why dog stairs are great for dogs on the littler end of the spectrum, like chihuahuas, dachshunds, pugs, etc. Dog stairs are also perfect for medium sized dogs who might not quite be able to reach that windowsill you know they'd just love to make their new throne.
Why would a larger dog need dog stairs? Larger dogs are typically more vulnerable to joint diseases, due to the heavier mass they have to carry around. While smaller, compact dogs are light enough to avoid many joint problems, a larger dog is going to need a little more assistance transitioning into the later, more esteemed stages of their lives. Quite a few breeds unfortunately tend to acquire hip or elbow dysplasia, which reduces mobility and can even cause pain.
Arthritis is also fairly common in aging dogs, especially those that have spent a lot of time running alongside you on the sidewalk. Sadly enough, this sometimes means that the most comfortable areas of their home might become inaccessible to them, right when they need them the most! You can prevent your old friend from overexerting himself by placing dog stairs in his favorite chill zones, or by strategically setting them up by her favorite end of the bed. A dog can become frustrated and stressed when they're in pain, making dog stairs both a physical and emotional solution for your animal.
Besides alleviating and even preventing the wear and tear of aging, another purpose of dog stairs is to support your pup after he or she has undergone an intensive surgery. When the body undergoes trauma, it desires comfort and safety--this can be a problem if your dog's favorite spot is on top of your king-sized bed. Dog stairs allow your animal to seek out its safety zone without causing any stress to a healing wound, injury, or surgical scar. Similarly, if your little lady is pregnant, she can still climb up to her place on the couch using stairs.
Here at Puppy Stairs, you have the option of selecting one of two shades of steps: oyster suede or chocolate suede. These colors are neutral and will pair with any variety of decorative colors in your home. They're also light enough in weight that you can move them from room to room if you wish. Wherever you decide to place them, they won't clash with surrounding colors, from the paint on your walls to the finish on a coffee table.