Ted is 9 years old - elderly for a part Labrador Retriever. His energy level has dropped a lot over the past year.
He's a big good boy - about 70 pounds. I think I've read almost every review by large dog owners about ramps and steps. Most owners were able to coax their dogs to go up the steps, but not down. Some were just plain scary for elderly big dogs. There is a high density foam pet steps product that has a removable top step, providing a doublewide step. It's on my watchlist.
Thanks for all the suggestions. They really helped me focus on what I needed to do to help Ted. Now I'm looking into prebuilt human steps - wider and deeper than dog steps. Also human furniture that Ted can use as a launch & landing pad. Ottomans look sturdy and provide storage, too. (Ted suggests that I store chew sticks and treats.)
Hopefully, I'll be placing an order by tomorrow.