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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164 Comments

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Marysmccormack
Marysmccormack

6 months ago

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

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LeslieO
LeslieO

Reply 6 weeks 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 4 months 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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LeslieO
LeslieO

Question 6 weeks 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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Heartofchance
Heartofchance

Question 4 months 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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lala.keneni
lala.keneni

4 months 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 4 months 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

6 months 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 7 months 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?

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yvettestrom
yvettestrom

Question 1 year 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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hunterlovesilene
hunterlovesilene

Answer 7 months ago

I'd just use hot glue and basically puddle it on at the end like a cap

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yvettestrom
yvettestrom

Reply 11 months ago

It help a lot! Thank you.

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bbwampler
bbwampler

10 months ago on Step 2

I had been searching high and low for an inexpensive way to have my older kitties jump up on a deck. I loved this idea and went right out to get the supplies. All went without a hitch and kitties liked it but then an ice storm hit. The carpet froze solid. Now I see that someone built some similar but with pool noodles going horizontally and vertically. I think I'll give pool noodles a try going horizontally to give kitties something to keep from sliding down. Thank you for the tutorial.

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longiarusus3
longiarusus3

Question 1 year 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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vbrhodes62
vbrhodes62

Answer 10 months ago

I am going for a 12ft ramp. That should be about a 17-degree slope.

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vbrhodes62
vbrhodes62

Question 10 months ago on Step 2

How did people attach the ramp to the top stair?

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cchagas6
cchagas6

Question 11 months 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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Lulu-bell
Lulu-bell

5 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 1 year 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...)