Personalized Pet Ramps for Your Dogs | Rufframps

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Personalized Pet Ramps for Your Dogs | Rufframps

Did you know that many dogs suffer from injuries resulting from them jumping off of high beds? In fact, some of their common injuries include cruciate ligament ruptures, back troubles, strains, sprains, and early onset canine arthritis.

To help lower the statistics of pet injuries, hand-crafted pet ramps customized for dogs, like those from Rufframps, can help.

According to Jason Johnson, the owner, and creator of Rufframps,

“We are trying to save as many dogs as possible from injuries from jumping up and down from the couch or bed, which every dog owner experiences… It could be a small injury, could be a really bad injury. And some of these injuries are actually life-threatening. Like, some dogs have to be put down after hurting their backs.”

A family-owned business that, unfortunately, doesn’t ship to Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico, Rufframps started in February 2016 as a part-time hobby Jason tangled with after work hours and on weekends. Now, it has turned into a full-scale enterprise wherein Jason and his wife allocate their full-time working hours.

A Life-Changing Experience That Led to Rufframps

A pet parent who has been doing woodwork as a hobby, Jason decided to venture into creating pet ramps after seeing photos and reports of wheel warrior dachshunds on social media.

It inspired his interest, especially since he knew first-hand how dachshunds were highly prone to back injuries.

He shared,

“So, the odd thing is, some dogs, when they hurt their back, not only do they get paralysis, but it sets off what’s called myelomalacia… And that’s what happened with one of my dachshunds. He actuallyhe hurt his back. And within a week, we had to have him put down because it turned into myelomalacia. And I had never heard of that until it happened.”

Not wanting the same devastating experience to happen to other pet parents, he then turned his attention to making dog ramps that are specially designed for each pet’s needs.

He added,

“I’ve seen it as my shot to be able to do something for the dog community. It was almost like I was made to do this. It’s right up my alley. You know what I’m saying? I love them, and I got the skills to be able to do this… It was something that I love to do because I would get such great feedback from all these people saying how much their dogs love it and how much it eased their mind that their dog was safe.”

What Sets Rufframps Apart from Competing Dog Ramp Brands

Personalized Pet Ramps for Your Dogs | Rufframps

Despite the tight market competition, Jason is confident that Rufframps has what it takes to continue serving pet parents and their fur babies for a long time.

According to Jason, Rufframps is not only dedicated to bringing customers the best and safest pet ramps on the market; the brand also develops its pet ramps with a modular design.

“First of all, I think we’re the only modular system on the market… It’s made in sections. These sections can be detached at any point. Say, you’re moving to a new home, and you don’t want to have to pick up this giant bed ramp and try to figure out how you’re going to get it to the new house… So, you can take it apart, all the sections apart easily, and move it,”

Jason explained.

Another thing that adds to the uniqueness of Rufframp’s dog ramps is that they have an “easy-grip dip” that provides better traction and less slipping for puppy paws.

Acting like a ladder, the pet ramps from Rufframps give dogs leverage for when they go up and down the ramp. The ramps’ angle never changes, and they offer the largest landing.

Apart from that, Jason and his wife also try to make the dog ramps as lightweight as possible while remaining extremely sturdy. In fact, they take pride in the fact that Rufframps’ items can hold even large dogs up to 150 pounds. You can also replace your carpet at any time with the brand’s product offerings.

“Go to the hardware store, get the spray glue. You spray the ramp, and you spray the back of the carpet. If you don’t spray both, that adhesive is not going to take. So, you got to spray both. You got to spray the carpet and the ramp, and you can replace your carpet anytime you want if you want to change the color. You know, honestly, you can take that ramp, and you can repaint it any color. It’s really easy.”

Considering the positive reviews on Etsy for the pet ramps from Rufframps, it’s clear that Jason and his wife’s efforts to save as many dogs as possible are paying off.

“(We just really want) people to just really think about, don’t let your best friend get hurt, you know, and having to pay thousands of dollars for spinal surgery, or even a couple of hundred dollars to take them up there… Spend a little money now to save you a lot of money lateror heartbreak,”

he said, closing the podcast.

 

 

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Jason: I’m Jason Johnson, the owner, and creator of Ruff Ramps, and you’re tuned in to The Animal Innovations Show.

Chris: Awesome introduction, Jason. So, thank you for coming on again. So, tell us who you are and how you’re innovating and helping animals.

Jason: Ruff Ramps—we are a family-owned business, trying to save as many dogs as possible from injuries, from jumping up and down from the couch or beds, which every dog owner experiences. See it all day long. It’s just constantly jumping up and down, up and down. The problem with that is the injuries that occur from jumping up and down. We started in February of 2016. Me and my wife, we teamed up. And our ramps are made-to-order, custom to a point. You know, like, you get to pick your color, or you can even pick between two different carpets we have. We try to make it a little customizable.

I think what really sets our ramps apart from everybody else— First of all, I think we’re the only modular system in the market. It’s made in sections, and these sections can be detached at any point. You know, say you’re moving to a new home, and you don’t want to have to pick up this giant bed ramp and try to figure out how you’re going to get it to the new house or get into a mover. You can take it apart, all the sections apart, easily move it.

The other thing that makes our ramps unique is the easy-grip dips. And they’re little dips. They go all the way up the ramp. And that’s kind of where we kind of got the name Ruff Ramps from. You know, it’s kinda rough, you know, it’s like ruffles with ridges, you know what I’m saying? And it allows for the dog—when their feet get in there, it’s almost like a ladder. It gives them leverage and better traction for going up and down the ramp.

Our angle never changes, no matter how tall the ramp gets. A 14-inch ramp angle is the same as a 28-inch ramp. So, if your dog can use a 14-inch ramp, you can go up to a 28-inch ramp. No problem. The angle does not change.

Chris: So, you started this back in 2016. I mean, that’s a long time ago. I mean, you must have done a lot of ramps over the years.

Jason: Yeah. We’ve sold over 800 ramps. And honestly, we’re just—since February, we’ve just been full-time, doing Ruff Ramps. Before, it was part-time.

The ramps are—we try to make them as lightweight as possible, but also extremely sturdy. They can hold up to 150 pounds. Chris: Wow. That would be a big dog. 

Jason: Yeah. So, even your large dogs can use them. The other thing that makes our ramps pretty unique, is that you can replace your carpet at any time. Just simply pull it off, go to the hardware store, get the spray glue.

You spray the ramp, and you spray the back of the carpet. If you don’t spray both, that adhesive is not going to take.You got to spray both. You got to spray the carpet and the ramp.

Chris: Yeah. I mean, most of the ones I’ve seen are either ramps— Like you said, it’s just a flat surface, that people use for getting their dogs in and out of their car.

Or there are, like, two or three-step variety that people use for getting them up in the bed. But that’s still not very good for the dogs.

Jason: It’s not.

And especially like—me, being a Dachshund owner. That’s what we have designed it for, for Dachshunds. They’re extremely prone to back injuries, and it’s something they’re born with.

You can’t just like, say, you know, “avoid IVDD by using a ramp.” You really can’t. They’re born with it. But what you can do is try to teach them healthy habits.

Some dogs, when they hurt their back, not only do they get paralyzed, but it sets off what’s called “myelomalacia”. And that’s where the spine starts to die. That paralyzation moves up the spine, and as the spine dies, It starts shutting down everything in the Dachshund’s body— breathe and everything—and it’s extremely painful for them. There’s no painkillers that can help them.

And that’s what happened with one of my Dachshunds. He actually—he hurt his back. Within a week, we got to have him put down because it turned into myelomalacia.

I don’t talk bad about other companies or other people. Like I said, any ramp is better than no ramp. But as a customer, things you need to think about when you’re buying a ramp, is like: “Is my dog going to be able to use this ramp his entire life?” “Will this ramp last that long?”

As a human, if you’re walking up a ramp, and it wiggles, you’re not gonna go back on that ramp again, right?

Chris: Yeah. Why would your dog be any different?

Jason: The same thing for dogs. They want to feel secure and stable, you know, going up a ramp, and that’s what we’ve tried to provide for them.

Chris: Yeah, and I love the fact, Jason, that you are using your skills, and you’ve put some real thought into this so that your ramps are very different than the ones that people are just buying out—off of the website or anything like that. Because they’re, as you said, they’re well-thought-out.

The angle, the landing, you know, it’s modular, which is—I don’t think I’ve ever heard or seen anything like that. How has the design changed in the last 5 years?

Jason: The only thing that has really changed probably, is we thought to up the quality of the carbon.

You know, I tried to use a carpet that not only is durable but supplies some sort of like thread. It feels good on the dog’s paws. And plus, it’s easy to clean or whatever, you know.

Chris: So, Jason, if people are interested, where do they go to buy one, get a hold of you?

Jason: If you go to Etsy, we have a shop on Etsy called Ruff Ramps. It’s R-U-F-F—as in “RUFF”—RAMPS.

Yeah, right there, you’ll see, you go there, and you’ll see all the different style ramps we have to offer.

Chris: Well, Jason, this has been really interesting to learn about how you came up with this and what you’re doing. Is there anything else you want to mention before I wrap things up today?

Jason: You know, for people to just really think about: Don’t let your best friend get hurt. You know, and having to pay thousands of dollars for spinal surgery or even a couple of $100 to take them up there, to have them have you crave for 8 weeks.

Spend a little money now. It could save you a lot of money later—or heartbreak.

Chris: Jason, we’ll make sure to link to the website on Etsy, right, so people can find you.

And as we wrap up today, I’ll just remind our viewers and listeners, that if you’ve got a great idea and experience like Jason did and coming up with a new product, or know somebody that I should have on the show, just go to INNOVATIONS.SHOW, and let me know about it.

So, thanks again, Jason.

Jason: Thanks, sir.

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