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My fiance's dog is 11 years old now and he was starting to have a hard time jumping onto and off of the couch.  So I decided that before something bad happened (he could seriously injure his back jumping off the couch), I would build him a ramp. He actually learned how to use it within the first week. We just say "Newman, use your ramp"

I had the wood, carpet, and supplies laying around the house so it didn't cost me anything to build, but if I were to guess, I would say around $25.
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Step 1: Gather Tools and Materials

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Wood List:
(Please see pictures for drawings of wood lengths)
- Approximately 15 feet of 1/2 plywood at 2 inch width
- One 5 inch section of 2x4 or scrap wood
- 32 inch by 10 inch piece of 1/4 inch plywood

Carpet List:
-Any thick carpet (the shaggier the better for grip) approximate length at 50 inches and width of 10 inches

Tools List:
- Hammer
- Nails
- Table Saw (for 2 inch width pieces)
- Circular Saw
- Wood glue
- Pencil

Step 2: Cut the Wood

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The first set of cut wood is pictured on step 1. All of those require 2 of each piece.

The Wood cuts on this page only require 1 piece of each. I hope that everyone can read my hand writing clearly.

On the wood cuts marked with a Question Mark (?), on step 1, please keep those whole because we need to ruff assemble some pieces to get their exact measurements/cuts later.

So first, cut out all of your pieces but avoid cutting out the triangles on the Question Mark marked boards.

Second, lay out one side of the ramp with the 31.75" piece, 25.5" piece, 16" piece, and the 4" piece. The 16" piece and the 4" piece should be on the bottom. Then, mark the correct angle on the 16" and 4" pieces of wood so that you can finish cutting those pieces.

All of your pieces of wood should now be cut and ready for assembly.
acolvin41 year ago
Awwwww! Your baby is adorable!! :)This is great. We are looking to build something similar for my golden retrievers to get in and out of my truck... its a very large dodge ram 2500 with some lift. I will be using this as a guideline, however making it collapsible so that I can take it with me to get in and out of truck:)
I super love this! I have my own family of 4 weiners & already have had back problems with 1 . I'm gonna try to make this the weekend.
eliteMET (author)  doxiekingdom2 years ago
Yes it worked pretty well. My suggestion is to try and make it longer or use a rubber mat instead of carpet. Neuman had a harder time as he got older to climb up, though it was easy for him to slide down when he wanted to. I hope your puppies enjoy it!
rhinomom23 years ago
I love this! I have a little dog and this would so help her, thanks!
Uptonb3 years ago
Good luck on the Pets Challenge.
eliteMET (author)  Uptonb3 years ago
Thank you very much!
Spanky433 years ago
This project is excellent! I just ordered some steps for my 14 yr old dachshund but I think I'm going to return them and make my own. This is better for him, since dachshund have long bodies. Great job!
eliteMET (author)  Spanky433 years ago
Thank you :)
justbennett3 years ago
Just gave me a bright idea for an indoor toddler slide. My son is always trying to build slides out of inanimate objects. I'll just replace the carpet with some smooth board or laminate plastic or something and make a few more adjustments for safety. Walah.
eliteMET (author)  justbennett3 years ago
Make sure to post that, I want to see how it turns out!
Super_Nerd3 years ago
Wonderful idea!
Mirabella753 years ago
Brilliant! I have 3 Dachshunds (red, 15 yrs old, sisters) that could use something like this! I've noticed for Dachshunds ramps work better than steps because of their long, low body structure. Thank you for sharing!
eliteMET (author)  Mirabella753 years ago
No problem! And don't forget, you could always make the ramp longer (gives it a less steep of an angle). A smaller angle will make it easier to get up and down, just watch out for your toes if you make it too long.
ChrysN3 years ago
Great idea!
eliteMET (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
artfulann3 years ago
Did you mean to not enter in the pet challenge? Definitely a contest entry!
eliteMET (author)  artfulann3 years ago
Yup, I did enter. I actually just got accepted. It took them about 24 hours to process I guess. Thanks for the reminder though.
I absolutely love this idea! Much nicer than those steps you can buy. :D
eliteMET (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Thank you :)
bettbee3 years ago
♡ Newman! And love the ramp. Thanks for posting this!
angelabchua3 years ago
NEWMAN! love it!