Monty Needs Help!

1,173

6

6

Introduction: Monty Needs Help!

About: Woodsman and field tutor on a week day. Life long inventor, designer, engineer for the rest of the time. From items that make life easier to items with no reason to be....other than the idea popped into my hea…

Monty, the Bernese mountain dog, is very small and the steps to the back door of our home are very steep, there was no way that he was going to walk down them.

What was needed was a ramp!

Step 1: Measure It Up

First I needed to work out how long to make a ramp that would not be too steep but also not too long. 1.5m seemed about right... especially when I had an old floor board that was 1.5 meters long and 300mm wide.

Step 2: Design and Build

I realised that 300mm wide was a bit narrow for Monty and he would be in danger of falling off so the ramp needed to have sides but as it was under a door that opens outward, the shape of the sides needed to allow the door to open over the ramp.

As it would be outside and may get wet some slats across would be a good idea.

So the parts list:

1off 1.5m X 300mm floor board

9off 30mm x 6mm x 300mm strips of plywood for not slip slats

2off Twinwall plastic sides 1.5m x 400mm angle cut at one end.

2 off 25mm square x 350mm long wooden bridge pieces

1off 25mm square x 350 long wooden foot

Panel pins to hold slats in place

4mm x 35mm woodscrews to assemble the rest of the parts.

Gaffer tape to make the cut edges of the twinwall "puppy safe".

Step 3: Once Built: Test!

I somehow lost all the pictures of construction but the following video shows it quite well.

Monty being coaxed down and up for the first time with bits of chicken, followed by him being brave and doing it on his own.

Followed by him using the steps for the first time.

Door closing over the ramp, job done!

This ramp was ok for the first 3 weeks of Monty's life with his new family, he has since outgrown it and steps are no issue. it will not be long until he is as big as Maisie.

Pets Speed Challenge

Participated in the
Pets Speed Challenge

Be the First to Share

    Recommendations

    • Rocks, Gems, and Stones Speed Challenge

      Rocks, Gems, and Stones Speed Challenge
    • Micro:bit Contest

      Micro:bit Contest
    • Back to School: Student Design Challenge

      Back to School: Student Design Challenge

    6 Comments

    0
    rayp1511
    rayp1511

    1 year ago

    Well done on the ramp and a even better job with your technique on the training. Beautiful pup.

    0
    rog8811
    rog8811

    Reply 1 year ago

    He has now reached the leggy stage, he is going to be a big boy!

    0
    PhysicsPerson123
    PhysicsPerson123

    1 year ago

    It does look very well designed. I would make it but my dog would probably eat it :) Mabey I should make it out of titanium then.

    0
    rog8811
    rog8811

    Reply 1 year ago

    Monty took to trying to eat the gaffer tape I had used to make the edges of the plastic safe... that is pups for you :)

    0
    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    1 year ago

    What a great idea! When I adopted my Rottie Charlie a couple years ago we had to keep a baby gate up and I carried him up and down to keep him from falling.

    Thankfully they grow so fast! :D

    Monty is adorable <3

    0
    rog8811
    rog8811

    Reply 1 year ago

    Monty is growing like a weed, he has reached the leggy stage now, he is indeed adorable :)