Inexpensive Doggie Ramp

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Introduction: Inexpensive Doggie Ramp

A PET RAMP FOR BOO

Pet ramps are expensive! I looked at the cost of these things and thought that $100.00 to $180.00 was too much to pay so I thought that I'd design my own with common items found at Home Depot. My intention was to be able to use the ramp to get our Shar-Pei, Buster (otherwise known as "Boo") in and out of our pickup truck so that he could have some relief from his tennis elbow and not have to deal with the constant impact on his joints. My dog is a darned good tennis player BTW.

So my wife and I walked the aisles of Home Depot looking for parts and pieces that we could use to make a ramp for our dog, We found six foot closet shelves that went for ten bucks each and bought two of them to interlace, zip-tie and use as the ramp structure itself. We also purchased a six foot by two foot piece of outdoor carpet for the main anti-slip surfacing for the ramp assembly. By the way, if you want the carpeting to completely cover the assembly, then you will need to purchase a piece that's about two feet-eight inches wide.

Additionally, you can also make the ramp wider by about four inches by simply spreading the wire shelves apart and zip tying them at that wider point.

Step 1:

We also bought the rubber end covers for the exposed wire rod ends. These slip on covers serve to protect our hardwood floors and the fabrics of our pickup truck seats.

We simply used an awe and poked holes in the carpet at about every fourth spacing in the wire itself and zip-tied the carpet to the ramp wire rods. Eventually, the ramp was completely wrapped and all of the zip-ties were cut off and their edges rolled to be in positions so as to not be a cutting danger to anyone handling the ramp. Those zip ties can slice you open if you are not careful, so make sure you position those cut ends so as to be completely safe for you and your pet.

Step 2:

As you can see from the photos, Boo took right to the ramp quite easily. There was absolutely no training required. All totaled, this ramp cost us less that $32.00 including the carpet, the two closet shelves, the rubber shelf end plugs and the zip-ties. Overall, this project was simple and took about an hour to construct. So if you have a need for a car or a bed ramp for your dog, give this one a go and save yourself a ton of money!

Take note of the "Batman" logo on my dogs chest... that will give you a hint as to the nature of his night-time activities... no wonder he comes home sore after a night of fighting crime in the neighborhood.

Goo and Lou

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148 Discussions

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yvettestrom
yvettestrom

Question 7 days ago

I just bought most of my materials but can't find the end caps you bought. I asked in the store, but nobody knew what they were. What are they called? Thanks!

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longiarusus3
longiarusus3

Question 12 days ago on Step 1

Hi I am having trouble figuring out the length of ramp for my stairs? Can anyone tell me what length I would need for 40 inch drop for 2 mini dachshunds?

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Lulu-bell
Lulu-bell

4 years ago

wonderful idea! I bought those doggie steps for my cat and no go do you think one closet shelve would be wide enough for a 12 pd cat with severe hip dysplasia and arthritis ? She's having a hard time getting on sofa, my bed and outside patio chair I would like to try to make a couple of them. I'm a gal in my early 60's with hand strength issues but quite handy at times I have no help so would this be too difficult for me to make? What type of carpet is best for a cat? Is outdoors carpet best? Will a cats small paw fall into the wire spacing or does the carpet keep that from happening? Sorry for all the questions All suggestions is greatly appreciated I don't have a awl, would anything else work? I have a small drill oh and what do I cut the zip ties with, scissors ok?

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MrBrownDog
MrBrownDog

Reply 15 days ago

Absolutely! Remember, you can even make it wider by simply spreading out the two racks. And I found that I could sell it at my garage sale for forty bucks... can’t lose no way, no how!

(Buster died of cancer...)

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lrunge
lrunge

Reply 4 years ago

Yes, I thought that it would be too narrow for da boss but lo and behold, it's more than wide enough. Cats will take to any carpet however, the outdoor carpet or artificial turf tends to be very pliable and you can always use a hot melt glue gun to glue the fake grass carpet to the closet shelving if you have hand issues. My dog and the other dogs that have used his ramp, tend to be heavy weights and have no problem using the ramp. And both cats and dogs will not fall through the rungs of the ramp.

Use your awl to open holes for the zip ties then once in place, cut the zip ties with a wire cutter (or a scissor) and blunt the sharp corners with a cigarette lighter so they won't cut you later I hope this helps!

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midwestservices70
midwestservices70

6 weeks ago

Hi, cute Bat dog!! thanks so much for posting this. I have 3 dogs one is 15 and doesn't do stairs anymore. we have basement stairs that go into yard. Do you think this would work on a stairway? and im sure my 40lb puppy would end up using. Would it be steady enough for him as well? Any suggestions on how to attach to wood stairs?? Sorry im not crafty at all
Thanks in advance

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Mgiannet
Mgiannet

3 months ago

Thanks so much. Our son and his family have an elderly and very large Newfoundland who injured himself going down stairs a while back. The dog will no longer use the outside steps and he is too heavy and big to carry. Now they’ve resigned themselves to allowing the dog to do his business in the house on puppy pads. As you can imagine, it’s a nasty mess, especially with 3 active children in the house. My husband and I are going to try to make this ramp wider and longer since the rise of the stairs is 44 inches. Thanks so much again for posting. What a blessing!

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tcrealtor
tcrealtor

Reply 2 months ago

How did this work for the bigger dog and taller rise? We have a 110lb guy with an injured leg and we will NOT resign to allowing him to use piddle pads. Because it's temporary for the injury I cant stomach $200 for a ramp.. PLEASE tell me you were successful :)

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marionlynng
marionlynng

Reply 2 months ago

I used the widest racks I could find at Lowe’s and put one on top of the other with cheap outdoor carpet pieces from Walmart on top. We are attempting to stabilize the bottom because it’s wobbly over the steps. We’re trying some old wooden and plastic bed risers right now. Unfortunately the dog is still afraid to use it probably from falling down the same stairway. It will take time and patience. He is now going up and down the front steps which are less steep but not the most convenient.

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tcrealtor
tcrealtor

Reply 2 months ago

Poor pup! But good news that he's using the front stairs at least! Good luck completing the ramp and getting him to use it. I ordered some hind leg braces and decided to repurpose some plywood and aluminum shed supports- I'll post my Frankenstein-like creation in the next few days 😉

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marionlynng
marionlynng

Reply 2 months ago

Haha!

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yvettestrom
yvettestrom

Question 4 months ago

Does this wobble at all when Boo walks on it? My girl is a fraidy cat and won't do wobbly!

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MrBrownDog
MrBrownDog

Answer 4 months ago

It’s rock solid. You have absolutely nothing to worry about. The shelving is hardened steel that does not flex. No flex = no wobble!

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SharonT108
SharonT108

9 months ago on Step 2

I have a 9 month old Pittie, Bella. She was diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia. It breaks my heart watching her 'trying to get away from the pain' even though she is on a pain/inflammation medicine. Her Vet said that she should avoid climbing stairs. While researching dog ramps and reeling at the prices, I did a search for DIY ramps. I saw this one and said to myself, "This is the one." I am going to Lowe's tomorrow and getting what I need to make this. My hubby is an over the road truck driver so he is rarely home long enough to build things for me so I have become quite good at it. Thank you so much for posting this instructable!!!!!

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MrBrownDog
MrBrownDog

Reply 4 months ago

Everyone who built one... loves it for their dogs and cats. Price is perfect too.

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SharonT108
SharonT108

Reply 4 months ago

I built one. Took Bella a little while to get used to it but it works wonderfully for her. Thanks again for the instructions

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MikeN137
MikeN137

Tip 2 years ago on Step 2

If building a permanent outdoor ramp using this design, use UV resistant zip ties or they will become brittle and break within a couple of years. Smart design BTW!

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MrBrownDog
MrBrownDog

Reply 4 months ago

Grand idea... otherwise, like you stated, they will get brittle...good on ya!

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MrBrownDog
MrBrownDog

Reply 2 years ago

Good idea! There’s no use in doing work twice! Good job!

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whatisagoodusername
whatisagoodusername

Question 2 years ago

I joined just so that I could favorite this and thank you for creating this! My senior dog is reluctant to go out and do her business because she needs to step down from the door to the concrete. How much did it cost to make your ramp?