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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174 Comments

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gatorsmom78
gatorsmom78

4 weeks ago on Introduction

Thank you thank you thank you!!! I will be going to HD today to purchase some shelves!!! I started looking at ramps for my basement stairs..My 7 year old English Bulldog is having a difficult time going up and down..(7 is old for his breed)..The issue wasn't even the cost as much as it was finding one longer than 6 feet...I'm thinking this would work to run down the stairs...Thanks for including the photos of your dog...many times stairs are for smaller breeds and my EB is about the size of your SHar pei..super adorable by the way..thanks so much!!!

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cchagas6
cchagas6

Question 2 years ago

Hey! My 5 year old dog was recently diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and we live on a third floor walk up apartment. Definitely wanting to get an apartment more main floor in future, but right now can't afford the move so looking to do something to help her and stumbled upon this! Hoping you could help!

I have steep (about 14 feet) and narrow (30 inches) stairs. There are two sets of these stairs to get to our apartment on the top floor. Since our stairwell is so narrow and shared with neighbours, I was wondering if you think it's possible to build this set-up in two 7ft sections that fold in half? And also make them portable so I can use them on the first set of stairs, then move it to second? That way I can store it at the top/bottom of the stairs when not in use so it doesn't block the stairway for my neighbours. My only concern is the stability of it and also how to keep it from falling/sliding if I'm configuring it to be portable. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Piscyn
Piscyn

Answer 4 months ago

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ScM
ScM

Question 5 months ago on Introduction

How does one suggest this or any pet ramp be secured when laid over concrete steps?

Our elderly dog with painful arthritis in rear pelvis needs a ramp for a short 3-step concrete-to-concrete stoop-to-patio decline but I've seen no commercial or DIY set-up with anything beyond rubber feet/claws affixed under edge lip of base to secure it from sliding or slipping from top step.

Thanks.

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Piscyn
Piscyn

Answer 4 months ago

I just made the ramp and zip-tied a length of rubber hose to each end. My set of three stairs are wooden, but the rubber hose secured the ramp enough that my scaredy-cat Labrador used it with confidence. Hope this helps.

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Heartofchance
Heartofchance

Question 1 year ago

I have a 100lb lab that has diabeties and because of it he suffered nerve damage so his back legs are weak but he loves to swim and I wanted to try to make this for my pool deck so it is easier for him to get up steps. Would this hold him? If not what could I use to make it stronger and also I would need it to be about 10ft long.

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lynnoalive
lynnoalive

Answer 9 months ago

I used 8ft shelves for my 82lb lab mix. I braced the middle with a milk crate, but you could use anything. If you want to spend a bit more, you could get industrial shelves that are much stronger. I considered it, but they're also very heavy, and I need to be able to move this ramp.

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Marysmccormack
Marysmccormack

1 year ago

Any suggestions for helping a big timid dog to use it?

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lynnoalive
lynnoalive

Reply 9 months ago

I used small treats to get my large, nearly blind dog to get used to it.

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LeslieO
LeslieO

Reply 1 year ago

Get a treat and put it a little way up (or down). Then another a bit further, and so on.

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lala.keneni
lala.keneni

Reply 1 year ago

Can you motivate him with treats? Or maybe start with the ramp laying flat at first and then angle it up a little at the time.

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shellydawn1969
shellydawn1969

11 months ago

I have a 16 yr old doxie, has issues with no only the bed but going in out the back porch, he won't use the doggie doors. I wonder how that would work for him?

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criticalrn
criticalrn

11 months ago on Introduction

You are a genius! This is the easiest one I've found. Thanks for sharing!!!

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Bjdm829
Bjdm829

1 year ago on Introduction

This is ingenious! Thank you so much! I can't believe it but someone is actually trying to sell plans for this on Etsy for $6 and something! Wow! That's sad!

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Packy
Packy

Question 1 year ago

Do you have a part number for the shelves at Home Depot

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LeslieO
LeslieO

Question 1 year ago on Step 1

Is the ramp secured in some fashion so that it doesn’t slip or move. I want to use it for indoor stairs - hard wood at the bottom and carpet at the top.

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lala.keneni
lala.keneni

1 year ago

Hi Goo and Lou, I'm very sorry to hear about the passing of Boo. I'm going to try making this ramp for my chihuahua, Paco. He has IVDD and cancer that has metastisized throughout his body and is having trouble getting in and out the back door for potty time. Thank you for sharing your ramp idea with us.

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mjwdew
mjwdew

Question 1 year ago

This is a great idea! What did you do at the top to use this on hardwood stairs? And does it slide or is it pretty secure when they walk on it? Thank you!

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liz.perry51
liz.perry51

1 year ago

Please any ideas for railing about six inch high,ramp up against railing side of steps other side open.MY little old westie fell off

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NancyVinKy
NancyVinKy

Question 1 year ago

I have a 50 lb German Shepherd mix with degenerative myelopathy. My
deck has 4 steps. I figured I will need a 8' ramp. I would prefer to
cut out 2 rungs on the deck next to the steps. I noticed others asked
questions about attaching the ramp and looked carefully at step 2 but
could not find an answer. Any suggestions?