We adopted our new dog on Monday and that day he happily hopped into the back seat. We stopped at petsmart to buy dog bowls and after wards again he jumped right in. But then on Tuesday I had to take him to the vet and he refused to get in. My husband had to lift him in. After the vet visit again he refused. The vet tech helped me lift him into the cargo area of my CRV, since that was easier then lifting him into the backseat. I took him to the dog park today and I tried something I'd read online: I got in the cargo are first and invited him up like it was fun. That worked after about 5 of his stalling and thinking. But after the dog park, I don't know if it was because he was tired or what but he REFUSED. I sat in the cargo area for 20 minutes. I had a treat, nothing helped. I even tried the backseat again, I got in, I even got on the FLOOR - nothing! I again had to lift him into the cargo area. (and he was wet from being int he pond - ew) I am 5 months pregnant, I can't keep lifting this 90 pound lab! But I want to be able to take him to the dog park! Everything else about this dog is wonderful: he listens, he's gentle, sweet and very calm. He's 4 years old, he has no medical issues, he's perfectly healthy except he is maybe 5 pounds overweight - that's another reason for the dog park visits, so he can run and work some of that fat off! I know when he did jump in on his own those few times, he struggled and probably whacked his shins, it's never graceful. I tried using a little step stool but he didn't get it. I'm hesitant to buy one of those ramps (which are ridiculously expensive by the way!) because what if he won't use it!? Can I return those things? I am just posting this to see if anyone has any ideas I have not tried yet.