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5 Sensational Items For Small Active Dogs

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One of the best parts of being owned by a small dog is the ability to travel just about anywhere with them! But just how to travel? That is the question.

A dog is a dog no matter how small! We all know a large dog who still thinks she’s a puppy and wants to sit in our lap. Likewise, small dogs often have a bigger than life personality and are ready, willing and able to take on the world.

Below, we submit for your review 5 awesome items that are safe, functional and super cute.  This short list will have you rethinking your little mighty mutt’s place in the home, and help to empower them so they may seize the day and take on that next outdoor adventure.

DoggyRide Cocoon Bike Basket

Bicycling and dogs are two of our favorite things. So, what happens when you combine them? You simply get a perfect doggone day!

Doggy bike baskets have come quite a long way since the days of Toto and The Wizard of Oz. Now, you and your pup can ride with in both safety and style.

This bike basket is truly unique in that it converts into a dog seat, dog bed, and pet carrier all-in-one!

The basket latches easily onto your bicycle and can carry a dog up to 15 lbs. It features a mesh dome cap and a rain cover to help shield and protect your dog from the elements.

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Small Dog Life Jacket

Around the pool or on the water, summers are made for water sports of all kinds. Whether it’s boating, stand-up paddling boarding, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or just regular swimming, it has never been easier to take your dog on these adventures with you while creating memories that will last you both a lifetime.

Now, you can keep your small dog safe with this US Coast Guard approved, ultra-buoyant foam life jacket.

The ergonomic fit keeps your dog in a natural swimming position so they can fully enjoy a day of fun in the water! The handle on the back lets you pick them up safely and easily should they need your help when they tucker out. Additionally, the reflective side panels and ultra bright coloring add an extra layer of both safety and visibility for you to keep a close eye on your pet.

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Pet Gear Bucket Seat Booster

Planning a road trip or just a day hike? Dog car seats are not only a must for safety, but they also provide a “boost” giving your small passengers the ability to see out the window and enjoy the view!

It’s tough being small. You don’t always get to see what’s going on! But not anymore…

…This comfy bucket seat booster keeps your pup latched securely in place, preventing them from tumbling during a hard stop, or jumping around in your lap while you’re driving.

It also assists the little dogs plight by lifting them up just high enough to see out of the windows.

With your dog as your co-pilot, you can expect epic adventures! Even if it’s just to the grocery store…Don’t forget the dog biscuits! 

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HomDox Travel Dog Carriers

We can’t resist this stylish little dog carrier. I mean, it’s not only totally adorable, it’s totally practical as well.

With the HomDox Travel Carrier, you have the ability to keep your hands free and your pup close.  All this while hitting the stores for some bargains, or just some retail therapy!

Now, you can shop farmer’s markets, outdoor fairs and just about anything else you can imagine without the worry of getting your dog’s leash tangled around your feet, or your dog getting tangled up with another dog!

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Kong Cooling Coat for Small Dogs

Since we are on the subject of being outdoors, we would be remiss if we were not mindful of the warmer temperatures, especially in the summertime.

Small dogs can easily overheat on long walks, hikes, or just being outside for long periods of time.

The Kong Cooling Coat has an underlay of foam that absorbs cool water to help keep your dog’s body temperature down, while also blocks 99% of harmful UV rays. This means your dog can go harder and play longer.

This cooling coat is a great idea anytime you’re out in the sun for an extended period and want your dog to be as safe and comfortable as possible.

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Conclusion

There is no reason to leave your dog behind this summer! With great outdoor gear now available for dogs of all sizes, you and your best furry friend can go on a multitude of adventures together in confidence, comfort, and style.

 

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The Top Rated Pet Steps For Dogs $30 – $50

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The Best Pet Steps For Small Dogs Between $30 – $50

Overall, there aren’t really many options for a decent set of pet stairs in this price point.  Sure, there are options, but not many that I would consider decent and feel overly confident recommending.

Keeping all of the key factors in mind that I discussed in my review of Pet Stairs under $30 (stability, portability, durability and functionality), in this review, we are going to focus on four (4) different pet step models that each cost between $30 and $50.

Once again, we are keeping affordability at the forefront of our minds, but if you are willing to take your budget up to the $50 threshhold, here are some of your best options…


Pet Gear Easy Step II Pet Stairs

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Ranked #3 in the pet stairs category with over 1,100 customer reviews, the Pet Gear Easy Step is among the most highly rated options for pet stairs and steps under $50.

Weighing in at only 7 pounds, these steps provide a lightweight, portable option allowing you to move this from location to location throughout your house.

This two-step option features a unique inclining platform on each step allowing the manufacturer to use fewer stairs with the intention of helping to reduce any stress your pet may feel as a result of climbing this surface.

The stairs are wider and deeper than some of the smaller pet stair options on the market, and each stair features a carpeted surface that is machine washable and easy to remove.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($34.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Supports weight up to 150 lbs
  • Simple, snap together assembly (no tools required)
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Wider and deeper stairs than less expensive units
  • Sturdy and stable

Cons

  • 150 lb rating is misleading
  • Stairs are too small and narrow for large dogs despite 150 lb. weight limit
  • Plastic material feels cheap and low quality
  • Angled steps make it harder for pets with arthritis or joint pain to climb
  • Angled steps cause pets to come down stairs with greater speed and less control

Summary

The overall rating of this product is ⭐ 4.4 out of 5 stars ⭐ with 71% of the feedback (almost 790 votes) being 5-Stars.

The overwhelming consensus is that despite the 150 lb. rating, these steps will not work for larger dogs because they are too narrow.  Consumers with smaller dogs that have no physical ailments and can navigate the inclined stairs on the way up and down absolutely love this product.

Consumers with larger dogs and/or dogs with hip or joint problems and arthritis did not like the inclined steps at all.  Their pets had a difficult time pulling themselves up the steps and did not have the proper lower body strength required to descend the stairs at the speed that the decline causes.


Pet Gear Easy Step III Pet Stairs

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Ranked #4 in the Pet Stairs category, the Pet Gear Easy Step III is simply the three step option to the Easy Step II in the review above.  This product has over 1,700 reviews, but a slightly lower rating than the 2 Step option.

Just like the 2 Step option, this one is constructed of hard plastic that is simple and easy to put together.  Only slightly heavier at 9 lbs. it is still lightweight and portable.

The only real noticeable difference is the additional step, which is good for taller beds, couches and other surfaces.  The 3 step model also features the slightly angled and carpeted step surface.

Unlike some of the feedback from the 2 step option, many consumers reported that their larger, heavier dogs were able to use this product which included a 100 lb. Mastiff

Pros vs. Cons

Pros

  • Affordability ($47.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Supports weight up to 150 lbs
  • Simple, snap together assembly (no tools required)
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Wider and deeper stairs than less expensive units
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Third step provides access to taller beds and other surfaces

Cons

  • 150 lb rating is misleading
  • Still some negative feedback regarding large dogs despite 150 lb. weight limit
  • Plastic material feels cheap and low quality
  • Angled steps make it harder for pets with arthritis or joint pain to climb
  • Angled steps cause pets to come down stairs with greater speed and less control

Summary

The overall rating of this product is ⭐ 4.2 out of 5 stars ⭐ with only 58% of the feedback (1,019 votes) being 5-Stars.

The same feedback applies for the 3 step model as the 2 step model.  The overwhelming consensus is that once again, this does not work for large dogs due to the narrow nature of the stairs.

Additionally, dogs with physical ailments such as arthritis or joint pain have a very difficult time both ascending and descending these stairs due to the nature of the incline in the stairs.  They have a difficult time pulling their weight up on the the stairs, and the angle of the stairs coming down causes them to come down faster and with a potential lack of control that could result in injury.


OxGord Dog Stairs

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Ranked #5 in the Pet Stairs category, the OxGord Dog Stairs feature a padded interior with a faux fleece outer covering that is machine washable.

This three step model is surprisingly sturdy despite not having a wooden frame.  The steps have a padded bubble wrap feel to them, but can support medium and larger dogs.  The description claims these stairs will support up to 100 pounds

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($34.95 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight
  • No structural assembly required
  • Cover is removable and washable
  • Neutral color provides versatility
  • Great for couches

Cons

  • Extremely small – 15 X 20 X 15
  • Only 15 inches tall – not ideal for beds at all
  • Stairs are only about 4 inches deep so not good for dogs with longer legs
  • Does not fold for easy, out-of-sight storage
  • Low quality cardboard feel
  • Not ideal for medium sized or larger dogs

Summary

This unit is not a very high volume seller.  I could only find a total of 43 reviews and the product had an overall rating of  ⭐ 3.9 out of 5 stars ⭐ with 53% of the votes being 5-Stars.

This is a great product if you have a small dog that just needs access to the couch, but unless you have a bed that is very low to the ground, the 15 inch height falls short (pun intended).


Majestic Pet 3 Step Suede Dog Stairs

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Ranked #46 in the Pet Stairs category, the Majestic Pet 3 Step is an all foam model with a synthetic, ribbed covering.

The foam on the inside is extremely soft to the touch and gives way under heavier pressure. The cover is removable and machine washable and many shoppers were pleased with the chocolate brown color.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($48.65 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight – only 4 lbs.
  • Easy to lift and portable
  • Ribbed fabric is pleasing to the touch
  • Cover is removable and washable

Cons:

  • Misleading title – fabric is not suede and unit does not look as pictured
  • Extremely small – 15 X 20 X 15
  • Only 15 inches tall – not ideal for beds at all
  • Foam inside is too soft to provide meaningful support
  • Wobbles and sags

Summary

This product  received ⭐ 4.0 out of 5 stars ⭐ with 61% of the feedback being 5-stars, however, only on 18 total reviews.

Just like the OxGord, this product falls short.  At only 15 inches tall, many pet owners complained that it was not tall enough to help their pets reach the bed, but it did seem to work well for the couch.

In addition, the soft foam steps did not seem to provide meaningful support to medium or larger dogs.  Many people complained of the unit sagging under a little more weight causing the  their pets to get a little spooked and jump off.

 

And The Winner In The $30 – $50 Category Is……..


🏆🏆🏆    Pet Gear Easy Step III Pet Stairs    🏆🏆🏆

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In all honesty, the 2 step model and 3 step model are essentially the same with respect to pros and cons.  The reason whey we are giving the 3 step model the nod is that the third step provides access to taller beds and surfaces.

It is definitely not without faults and the angled steps (especially on the way down) give us pause for concern…even for physically healthy pets.

What do you think?  Are you considering any of these products, or do you have experience with any of these?  If you are wondering which pet stairs I use for my larger dogs, take a look at my post entitled Pet Steps For Small Dogs, Pet Steps For Large Dogs, Pet Steps For ALL Dogs and don’t forget to share your thoughts, comments and feedback below.

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The Top Rated Pet Steps For Small Dogs Under $30

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The Best Pet Steps For Small Dogs

Because there are so many different price points and so many different options to choose from within those price points, selecting the right set of pet stairs/steps can be extremely difficult. You want to select the right product, but how can you be sure that the one you select is right for your pet?

In order to select the right product, you must first have an idea of how much (or how little) you want to spend. Once your budget is set, making your selection is substantially easier because you will have automatically reduced the number of available options and narrowed down your search.

Aside from budget, there are a few other very important items to consider when making your selection. More specifically, stability, portability, durability and functionality should be top of mind considerations.  At the end of the day, the product you select may fit within your budget, but the question is, will your pet be able to use the product that you buy and will it last?  Remember, you get what you pay for!

In this review, we are going to focus on four (4) different pet step models that each cost less than $30.  With affordability being removed from the equation, we can now shift our focus toward the other considerations that we just identified.

So, if $30 or less is what you are looking for, here are some of your best options:


PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs (Extra Small)

Pet steps for small dogs

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Ranked #1 in the pet stairs category with nearly 5,000 customer reviews on Amazon alone, this is clearly one of the best selling sets of dog steps for small dogs.

Weighing in at only 5 pounds, these steps are extremely lightweight and ultra-mobile, allowing you to move them from the bedroom to the living room, or any other room your pets occupy with ease.

Upon arrival, there is no assembly required, and the uniquely constructed plastic material allows you to fold and store them with ease.

Once they are set up, the side rails provide safety and security, and each stair is covered in a non-slip tread material allowing your pet to go up or down with great confidence and comfort.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($26.78 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight and portable
  • No assembly required
  • Folding feature allows for easy storage
  • Neutral color provides versatility
  • Sturdy and stable
  • Easy to clean surface
  • 4 Stair option allows access to higher surfaces

Cons

  • Plastic will slide on hardwood and tile surfaces
  • Rubber pads provided to prevent slipping don’t stay attached
  • Will need a non-slip rug or carpet underneath
  • Steps are not very deep so pets tend to have a harder time going down than climbing up
  • A little shaky and wobbly on the way down causing some pets to jump off early which could cause damage to shoulders and spine
  • Very steep on the way down
  • Buttons to release and fold the unit are very difficult to press
  • Non-slip stairs are actually kind of slippery, especially on the way down and the surface tends to come loose causing you to have to use gorilla glue or super glue to reattach

Summary

The overall rating of this product is ⭐ 4.2 out of 5 stars ⭐ with 61% of the feedback (almost 3,000 votes) being 5-Stars.

From my first hand experience, and in reading through the reviews, this product works best for small dogs, and really only on carpeted surfaces.

If you have more of a medium sized or larger dog, and your flooring is primarily hard wood or tile surfaces, this may not be the right choice for you.


Etna Plastic Folding Steps Ranked #12 in pet stairs

Dog stairs and ramps

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Ranked #12 in the Pet Stairs category, the Etna model is certainly an attractive looking set of pet steps for the price point.  Although not quite as popular as the PupSTEP option, it is extremely sleek, stylish and versatile.

The Etna model also offers a folding option that is lightweight, compact and easy to move from room to room.

With no assembly required, this one is also ready to use right out of the box.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros

  • Affordability ($22.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight and portable
  • No assembly required
  • Folding feature allows for easy storage
  • Neutral color provides versatility
  • Easy to clean surface

Cons

  • Plastic will slide on hard wood and tile surfaces
  • You will need a non-slip rug or carpet underneath
  • 3-Stair option not ideal for taller beds or other surfaces
  • The top set is flimsy and will bow under weight over 15 lbs.
  • Best suited for teacup, miniature breeds and cats
  • Not ideal for medium-sized dogs or dogs with longer legs
  • Narrow steps
  • Unsteady and a little wobbly

Summary

The overall rating of this product is ⭐ 3.7 out of 5 stars ⭐ with only 46% of the feedback (153 votes) being 5-Stars.

If you have a short-legged, smaller dog that is of the teacup or miniature variety (or a cat), and will be utilizing this product on carpeted surfaces or willing to add a non-slip rug or carpet, then this option might work for you.

On the other hand, if you have a medium sized to larger dog (over 15 pounds), or the majority of the surfaces in your home are hard-wood or tile, then this might not be your best option.  Many users reported this product sliding across the floor, which in turned spooked their pet causing them to never want to come near it again.


Zinus 3-Step Foam Pet Stairs

Pet Steps Reviews

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Ranked #8 in the Pet Stairs category, the Zinus model is a more traditional Pet Step option, but may not have all of the benefits of the previous options.

The Zinus model is a 3-step product and although extremely portable and weighing only 4 pounds, this product is not foldable or easily stored.

The stairs are made up of dense foam and feature a removable and washable covering. Other than inserting the foam inside the covering, there is no other structural assembly required and is ready to use right out of the box.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($29.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight
  • No structural assembly required
  • Cover is removable and washable
  • Neutral color provides versatility
  • Sturdy and stable
  • No sliding on or scratching hardwood and tile surfaces

Cons

  • Some assembly is required (minor)
  • Does not fold for easy, out-of-sight storage
  • 3-Stair option not ideal for taller beds or other surfaces
  • Only a 1 year warranty (extended warranty options available for additional cost)
  • Foam may lose resiliency over time causing it to sag
  • Not ideal for medium sized or larger dogs

Summary

Although this is not a high volume seller, there is something to be said about the overall rating for this product being ⭐ 4.8 out of 5 stars ⭐ with 86% of the votes being 5-Stars.

If you have a smaller pet and are looking for a more traditional set of non-folding stairs, this is a good option for the price point.  It is lightweight and portable, but just does not provide the functionality and versatility to fold up and store out of sight.


Pet Store 3-Step Staircase

pet steps for small dogs

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Ranked #71 in the Pet Stairs category, the Pet Store model is also a more traditional, non-folding option for pet stairs and pet steps.

Like the Zinus model, the Pet Store model is also a fixed, 3-step option that does not fold or easily store out of sight.

Constructed of wood (particle board) and fleece like covering, this model provides a more solid and sturdy foundation, but as a result does require a bit of structural assembly.

Pros vs. Cons

Pros:

  • Affordability ($29.99 with free shipping at time of post)
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to lift and portable
  • Strong, durable frame
  • Cover is removable and washable
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Requires assembly (Need a screwdriver)
  • Does not fold for easy, out of sight storage
  • 3-Stair option not idea for taller beds or other surfaces
  • Plywood is thin and will easily crack if you over tighten screws (don’t use a power drill)
  • Cover does not fit very well over wooden structure

Summary

This product only received ⭐ 2.5 out of 5 stars ⭐ with only 26% of the feedback being 5-stars.

Part of the reason for the low rating is the number of consumers that reported a considerable amount of trouble with assembly such as missing instructions, missing screws, and poorly sewn or poor fitting covers.

And The Winner In The Under $30 Category Is……..


🏆🏆🏆    PupSTEP Plus Pet Stairs    🏆🏆🏆

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Based on the sheer volume of sales and the overall positive reviews that this product received, it’s no wonder why these are the #1 Ranking, Best-Selling Pet Stairs on Amazon.

Although not without flaws and shortcomings, the PupSTEP is affordable, stable, portable, durable and functional, and seems to check all of the boxes in the under $30 Pet Step category.

What do you think?  Are you considering any of these products, or do you have experience with any of these?  If you are wondering which pet stairs I use for my larger dogs, take a look at my post entitled Pet Steps For Small Dogs, Pet Steps For Large Dogs, Pet Steps For ALL Dogs and don’t forget to share your thoughts, comments and feedback below.

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