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    So how do you coax or train large dogs (or any dog) to use the ramp in a Wnt van? Don't have the business yet, but I was thinking of using peanut butter, but I'd have to make sure the dog AND the owners weren't allergic to it. I'm young and spry enough (so far) that I'd be able to take in large dogs.
    Any suggestions?

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    I have a few squeeky toys and just work with the dogs. Sometimes I need to move each one of their feet forward to get them to go in. I only had a few that were not to sure of it, but they are fine now.
    What does a dog do on it's day off?

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    • #3
      I don't even use my ramp. I just lift up the front paw and then push lol. My ramp is sitting on my side porch
      If your dog is fat, you are not getting enough exercise!

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      • #4
        I was never successful in coaxing dogs over the ramp.

        I find that once i get a dog on the table and the table lifted, I can transfer said dog to the tub via brute strength if they are up to 80 lbs. When i did dogs over this weight, before putting the dog on the table, i would unhook the table, scoot it up against the tub, put the dog on the table, lift the table and then push the dog into the tub. They come out quite easily on their own. I put my ramp in the garage after it fell out of the van onto my foot one too many times.

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        • #5
          I have tried the toy thing but most times just patting the ramp and saying come on works for me. It seems thought if they don't make it up the first or second time I might as well lift them because they aren't going, which I have been thinking alot about lately because I am in my early 30's and only grooming 3 years and my lower back has been killing me from all the big guys. I have a shop but same thing with the ramp. I do have a backup shower but dont like to bend over to dry them for so long.

          I have found also that after the dogs have been in a few times they go up the ramp much easier, some on their own.

          PS. Just don't use Peter Pan or Great Value Peanut Butter...... I had to do it!

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          • #6
            i don't use the ramp most dogs get scared when you try making them go on it i just lift the table as much as i need to and just give them a little push and they jump right in.

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            • #7
              I use my ramp, and try to pursuade with treats, but if all else fails, it's the push, shove method.

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              • #8
                1. Don't pull on the leash. That just makes them plant their feet and pull back. Use quick, encouraging jerks.
                2. Use a towel wrapped around their middle. Or buy one of those neat little lifting harnesses for large dogs. I got mine from Ryan's. It's like a wide belt with a handle. And it really works.

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                • #9
                  Ramp

                  I put one arm under their body, and hold the chocker with my other hand, but keep my arm under thier neck and heave-ho!

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                  • #10
                    I have come up with a new design for my wife's WNT Van. She and I both hate the design of the ramp that comes with it. She can hardly ever get the dog across, and I don't blame them, that ramp is not very stable. So, I was determined to come up with a better design. After a lot of thinking, I finally have it. It will still be a ramp, well, it's not easy to explain so I'll post pics after I build it. Just have to find time to do it.

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