My poodle just walks right on and off this bed effortlessly. In a regular filled dog bed she would struggle to get up from a lying position because of her arthritis and rear leg problems. We ordered a larger bed than suggested and the roominess is a plus since she can easily maneuver herself around the bed. I saw this bed at a hydrotherapy for dogs in SoHo where dogs were resting comfortably with a variety of joint and bone issues. I did have to remove the attached legs to get my dog to use the bed. In the future I may try to reattach the legs because I like the height. I suggest ordering the soft cover to make the bed cozier. I will buy another one for the office.