PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Car Hitch Step

By PetSafe
Rated 4.209 out of 5 stars
$159.95Chewy Price
$199.99Chewy Price
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FREE 1-3 day delivery

About This Item


  • This hitch step helps protects your dog’s joints, legs and hips by providing an easy way for him to get in and out of the car.
  • Features lots of traction to help prevent slipping or falling.
  • Steps swivel, fold and lock in place for easy stowing while driving.
  • Designed to be easily installed into any 2-inch vehicle hitch and fully adjustable to fit the height of your truck or SUV.
  • Compact design is able to support pups up to 200 pounds and is a great alternative to dog ramps.

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About PetSafe

Keeping Pets Happy & Safe Since 1998

PetSafe has helped millions of pet parents care for their pets through every stage and season of life.

US-Based Customer Care

The PetSafe team of customer care experts is available 5 days a week via live chat, email or phone.

Healthy Pets, Happy People

PetSafe is dedicated to helping pet parents keep their furry family members healthy, safe and happy. From irresistible toys to life-protecting pet fences, their innovative products are designed to help bring pet families closer, for a lifetime of love.

Pick of the Litter

What sets PetSafe apart is a team of pet experts who come to work every day with one goal: making the world a happier place for pets and their people. They work with professional trainers, veterinarians and pet behaviorists to keep up on the latest research and insights and use that in developing their products. They rigorously test every product for safety, quality and efficacy, too – because your pet deserves the best!

Skip the Scoop

Give your cat the gift of a clean, fresh litter box without all the hassle of scooping.

Skip the Scoop

Toys, Toys, Toys

PetSafe toys are pet-tested and pet parent-approved to bring joy and happiness all around.

Toys, Toys, Toys

Keep Them Full & Hydrated

Encourage your pets to drink and deliver the perfect portions of food with PetSafe feeders, bowls and fountains.

Keep Them Full & Hydrated

Create a Secure Yard

PetSafe products help you safely contain your pets without spending a fortune on new fence construction.

Create a Secure Yard

About PetSafe

PetSafe has been a global leader in pet care since 1998. They pride themselves on empowering pet parents through innovation, education and experiences. Their goal is to strengthen the bond between people and their pets, providing them with thoughtful products, expert advice and compassionate support. PetSafe’s US-based customer support team is always ready to help you get the most out of your life together with your pets!

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Questions & Answers

14 Customer Questions

Can you show a picture of this when folded?
Answer by ChewyFeb 04, 2021
Please see the attached image below.

Does this car hitch pet step have a lock on it, like a bike rack does to prevent it from being stolen?
Answer by ChewyJan 29, 2023
While there is no locking mechanism included with this product, the HitchSTEP will be secured to your vehicle hitch with a bolt when mounted.

One of the answers states that the steps extend just short of 12 inches in the rear. I'm assuming this is in the down position. How far out does it extend when folded?
Answer by ChewyAug 17, 2017
While there's no particular height that the Pet Step will extend while folded, they're easily adjustable so they can be removed if they happen to be blocking a door or backup system.

What is the height between the hitch point and the top of the step when folded up? There are no actual dimensions in any of the paperwork.
Answer by ChewyJul 18, 2021
The Hitch step dimensions are as follows: Fully extended is 20 inches long, 18 inches wide and 12 inches high. The individual steps are 10 inches long, 18 inches wide and 12 inches high. The vertical space between each step is 8 inches.

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Rated 4.209 out of 5 stars
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67 Customer Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Indydogmom on May 16, 2023

So Useful

We just rescued two Golden Retrieves and needed something to help get them in/out of the car. So glad we got the steps! Made our first road trip with the girls much easier. Wish I had them years ago for my past dogs.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Jaimee on Jan 17, 2023

Great product

This is a great sturdy product but does not work on my jeep Cherokee because the highest step is still about 15 inches below the cargo back of the jeep. My hitch is lower to ground so the first step is only a few inches off the ground. Measure carefully before you buy. I am very disappointed.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bomonghani on Feb 9, 2022

and SUV-must-have!

One of my pups had to get all 4 dew claws removed while he was getting "fixed". His dew claws were crazy long and had caused some issues for him. I decided to get some steps for the back of my Jeep to make it easier for him to get up and down so that he didn't have to jump or get picked up. My pups love the steps! It makes getting in and out of the Jeep so much easier, even more so now that it's winter w/ snow and ice on the ground. The fact that I can fold them up and just leave them on the jeep makes things a lot easier as you don't have to stow any ramp or stair system inside the vehicle.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By TheBirdBabe on Dec 2, 2021

Great investment!

We have used these stairs for years! My (100+ pound) old dog is so thankful that he can still get in the car for rides & this product has made it possible. We live in the country, down a dirt road that has many a pothole. Sometimes we're forgetful & don't fold them up while the vehicle is in motion. They've scraped pavement & backed in to things, but they're still going strong!

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Mohawk on Oct 13, 2021

Not what I hoped for but better than what I could find elsewhere.

I was so excited about this delivery for my new mastiff pup. It calls for a 2-inch hitch, but my Subaru Outback had a 1 1/4 inch, I purchased an adapter not sold here. That required some custom work, nip tuck to shorten the adapter. Presto change-o worked like magic, but what I discovered was the steps are not solid, there is wiggle in the step unit, which makes my dog a little nervous, and the gap between the top step and the bed of the cargo is still something to navigate, I am hoping we can train around it. For a young dog full of excitement, it will be challenging. I think this was a GREAT concept and could not find anything comparable.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Chris on Jul 12, 2021

Getting comfortable with it.

Got this for my four year old Border Collie. She has no problem jumping into our Suburban but I worry about an injury jumping out. Have to hold her collar and guide her but is learning. Have to fold it down to open hatch, takes seconds. Does not block backup camera much and mine has learned it is permanent and does not sound the alarm anymore. Got a locking hitch pin as added security from theft.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Zach on Aug 2, 2021

Solid, "Terrifying", and slightly Annoying

We've tried a ramp (unsuccessfully) and moved to stairs thinking our aging dogs would appreciate the help getting into our VW Atlas. Unfortunately, neither of them are comfortable with it and fear using the steps. It's easy to assemble and install, the biggest downside is if you have a newer vehicle your backup alarm is going to constantly go off any time you're in reverse. That was enough for my wife and I to decide this isn't the solution for us.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Tee5 on Jan 5, 2021

Amazing shipping

We ordered this for my mother-in-law for Christmas late assuming it would not be here until after. It was delivered in three days! (what?) On top of that the thing is really sturdy and can even be used by my mother-in-law to get in her expedition (she's 5'2" but its really for her golden)

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Doglover on Jun 16, 2021

Does not work for Jeep Wrangler

Had to return this to Chewy. It does not work for a Jeep Wrangler.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Goldenmom on Feb 4, 2021

Nice, but not for vans

This step is really nice, but it's not for low riding vans. It sits too low to use. This arrived very fast, but unfortunately will have to send it back.