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The Best Dog Steps and Ramps for the Car 2019

Pet Loader Light 16" PlatformYour dog might not have the leaping ability to get into the vehicle anymore, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave them behind. With one of these specially designed sets of steps or ramps your dog will be able to cruise with you, wherever you may want to go.

These ramps and steps are primarily suited for getting into and out of pickup trucks, SUVs, and hatchbacks, if you’re looking to load your dog into a boat or just help them get into your bed there’s better options around.

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We recommend the Pet Loader Light for most people. The folding nature of the steps and the low incline mean that it’s suitable even for dogs who have ended up suffering from the rigors of old age. You’ll find that it makes a perfect solution to getting your dog into the car or truck with ease and it’s also convenient and easy to use for you.

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Pet Loader Light

Pet Loader Light 16" PlatformWant to load your dog into the back of your vehicle with no hassle? The Pet Loader Light has you covered and the different models range from three to five steps for a great number of options.

The steps themselves fold down for easy transport as well, making for a crazy amount of convenience. The size range isn’t overly specific either, ranging from 29” to 40” so you’ll be able to get your pet on board with almost any vehicle.

Pet Loader Light 16" PlatformThe multiple steps make for a low angle of entry which even the most skittish dogs will feel comfortable with. Less fear means easier going for both of you, and it really is the best way to load your dog up without having to worry about the risk of injury inherent to loading the dog by hand.

If you’ve got a medium or large sized dog that you can’t bear to be apart from, the Pet Loader Light makes for a fantastic way to get them aboard and take them on any adventure you can dream of.


Heininger PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch Step

Heininger PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch StepLess of a set of steps and more of a single one, the PortablePET Twistep is a semi-permanent solution for any dog who has trouble getting into the car on their own.

The non-slip platform will easily fit into most trailer hitch attachments, allowing your dog to climb up, then you can simply twist it under the bumper and it’s out of the way but easily accessible for the next stop.

Heininger PortablePET Twistep Dog Hitch StepThe height has 6” of adjustability, so you can pick the place where it best suits your pet in order to make sure that they can easily get in and out of the back of your vehicle. It’s a large step and suitable for dogs of any age or size.

Whether you just want to keep your young pup from jumping and potentially damaging their joints or want to help your aging family dog to gracefully get in the car, you’ll be covered. Even better, you won’t be able to forget it since it’s attached to the car.

If it suits your dog, and you’re the forgetful type, you’re going to fall in love with the Twistep and your dog’s joints will thank you.

Petstep Folding Pet Ramp

Petstep PetSTEP Folding Pet RampWant a longer and more graceful way for your dog to get in? Try this dog ramp for SUVs, trucks, and any other vehicle with a considerable amount of ground clearance.

The primary draw here is definitely the non-slip, rubberized surface which will keep your dog from sliding when they ascend or descend the ramp.

No tools needed here, either, just unfold the ramp, set it down, and let your dog go up or down as the case may be before you fold it and return it to the back of the vehicle.

Petstep PetSTEP Folding Pet RampThe ramp measures a full 6’ when it’s extended and is only 3’ when it’s not, making it a gradual slope when unfolded but you’ll still be able to tuck it away neatly when it’s not in use.

It’s high-quality, heavy duty, and pretty much any canine will be quickly using this dog ramp for pickup trucks or anywhere else you might care to take them. Whatever your reasons, you really can’t go wrong with this dog ramp.

Domestic Pet Dog Ramps Deluxe Telescoping Dog Ramp

Domestic Pet Dog Ramps Deluxe Telescoping Dog RampLooking for an easily stored and light dog ramp? This one has you covered, it’s made of aluminum and plastic and has a unique telescoping system which is even easier to use than the dog ramps which fold.

The ramp sits at 39” initially, but can later be extended up to 72”. If you own multiple vehicles of varying heights, you may have just found the dog ramp of your dreams.

There’s a lot to be said about it, including the non-slip plastic, the one year warranty, and the fact that it can support over four hundred pounds of dog at a time but the main draw for most people is going to be the quick and easy mechanism and the ability to use the same ramp between vehicles of almost any size.

It’s wide enough to suit almost any dog, so why not do them a favor and buy them a present?

For those of us with multiple cars the telescoping design is absolutely perfect. It’ll support any dog, it’s wide and safe to use for both of you, and the convenience of only having to buy a simple ramp is hard to compete with.

Solvit UltraLite Bi-fold Pet Ramp

Solvit UltraLite Bi-fold Pet RampSome of us are just looking for a solid dog ramp for our trucks, no frills needed. This option from Solvit will have you covered in that case.

It’s a big, heavy-duty, plastic ramp that measures 62” when extended. It’s also affordable on even the tightest budget and still has some amenities that’ll help your pup out.

It also has some rubber feet under the edges to make sure it doesn’t go anywhere, which is great for those rambunctious dogs that are super excited to get a ride in the car.

The surface is made of a sandpaper like material which will make things easier for your dog to grip, regardless of their disabilities and they’ll be taking it confidently in stride in pretty much no time at all.

It’ll reach up to about 24” safely, so you might not want to go with this one for your lifted truck, but it’s a solid, well-thought-out option with minimal frills and a fantastic price so it might be just what you’re looking for.


There’s no reason to leave our canines companions at home when we go traveling, and the wise investment into the right ramp or set of steps can make all the difference in their doggy life. Even if your dog just loves to go for the occasional ride, you’ll be helping them out by allowing them to climb in and out of the car with no risk of injury. Take them for a ride, and do it easily, with a dog ramp for your truck, car, or SUV.

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Any recommendation for my German Shepherd? Which might be the best car step for my dog (I drive a smaller SUV). She has some problems with her hips, so she should not have to jump…


Monica Herlocker

Hello my dog is about 100 lbs and I need a ramp so he can get into the back of ouir new truck. The old truck he was still able to jump up but this truck appears to cause my dog anxiety about jumping up. Either the black interior rather than the beige of our previous vehcile… or the truck itself is just enough higher. I used an inverted bucket today and he was able to jump onto the bucket and then into the truck no problem.. But a huge storage bin is a pain in the arse to haul… Read more »

Kimberly Garcia

Is there anything that can handle 240 lbs. I have old english mastiffs and it is too much on their joints to jump out of our truck