Help please for 11 year old Lab who can no longer jump into car boot and is terrified of ramp.

Discussion in 'Labrador Training' started by Sharon Horohoe, Jan 17, 2023.

  1. Sharon Horohoe

    Sharon Horohoe Registered Users

    Nov 2, 2022
    Hi my 11 year old lab can no longer jump into the car boot and is terrified of the ramp. I bought ramp and have it in kitchen for last 2 weeks with treats in centre and chairs either side so he has to walk onto ramp he will do it after some time but I have tired in car last 2 days absolutely no way he will try using it. I’m at a loss.
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  2. sarah@forumHQ

    sarah@forumHQ Moderator

    Oct 1, 2018
    Hi Sharon, welcome to the forum :)

    I've created a new thread for your post, because we generally try to avoid reopening threads that have been unused for a long time. You can read more about our forum guidelines here.

    11 is a ripe old age to be learning something new - it's possible, but it just takes a lot of time and patience. If you can afford them, a more familiar alternative to a ramp might be some folding steps instead.
  3. Michael A Brooks

    Michael A Brooks Registered Users

    May 26, 2018
    Blackmans Bay, Australia
    Hi Sharon

    From your description, the presentation of the ramp has altered too much for the dog to work out what you want. Flat in the kitchen and at angle to the car boot. You will need to teach him to walk on a slight incline and then gradually increase the angle.

    If you park down a steep drive, then the angle of the ramp to the boot will decline. In doing so, you can build up the dog's confidence.

    If the ramp is too short, then the angle will be very steep and for that reason he is unlikely to be able to use it when the car is parked on level ground.

    I did a quick look on the internet and found the following folding ramp. Maybe that might be worth looking at?

    JAXRL Folding Dog Ramp - Portable Lightweight Dog and Cat Ramp Folding Trunk Back Seat Ladder Step Car SUV with Non-Slip Surface, Durable Pet Ramp Supports up to 165lb, Black : Pet Supplies

    In the interim are you able to lift him by putting your arms like a forklift under his chest and abdomen?
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