Inexpensive Doggie Ramp

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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.

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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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JenniferG295

10 days ago on Introduction

I only joined this site to say thanks for this idea!!!!! My 18.5 year old cat would thank you more I am sure. I am going to make it when I get home today.

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SonyaM33

11 days ago

I'm so excited to make this! I have Shar-Pei and Shar-Pei mix and one of my elderly dogs just had a front leg amputated. He needs help getting up on the bed and into my SUV. I have some of these shelves lying around, too! Thanks so much for sharing!

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whatisagoodusername

Question 4 months 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?

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FranziskaF1whatisagoodusername

Answer 4 weeks ago

For me it was only like $12 and that was with the two ramps attached together and the cheap indoor outdoor carpet for gripping.

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BarbD18

Question 8 months ago

my Chihuahua still slides going down and slips trying to go up. What can I do to help?

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FranziskaF1BarbD18

Answer 4 weeks ago

I got some cheap indoor outdoor ribbed carpeting that I cut to fit. The ribs allow my dog's claws to grab on and keep from slipping. You might also want to make the incline less steep. Good luck!!

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MrBrownDogEmilyH173

Reply 4 months ago

Go for it and let me know how it works out for you!

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FranziskaF1

4 weeks ago

I can't thank you enough for this idea! I have four dachshunds and these ramps have been a life and money saver!! Plus, you can make them any size you need. One of the best tips ever!!

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mamkzf

6 weeks ago

Thanks so much for this idea! I have been looking for a ramp for my bunny to get on/off my bed, as he can't jump that high, and this is PERFECT! I'll only be using one shelf as he weighs 4lbs and is tiny, but this idea is so great. And so simple too!

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EmilyH173

Question 6 months ago on Introduction

Hi

would just one of these shelves work for smaller dogs weighing less than 15 lbs? I'm trying to make one for the stairs at our place and was going to latch them together by length not width. Im not sure if the width wise it would take up the whole stairs. The stair width is 34" wide and 14 ft long.

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MrBrownDogEmilyH173

Answer 5 months ago

Emily,

Yes! One shelf will easily support your 15 pounder with little concern. Your dog will takecright to it!

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jerikhayden

Question 7 months ago

Can I use this for my dog to get in and out of bed?

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MikeN137

Tip 5 months 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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MrBrownDogMikeN137

Reply 5 months ago

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

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jlo_fromdawoo

5 months ago

Typically the parts come from Home Depot. In the UK, JUST the wire shelves cost more than buying a dog-ramp from a pet shop.

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MrBrownDogjlo_fromdawoo

Reply 5 months ago

I’m sorry to hear that. I know that you can also make a ramp using woven wire mesh with edges bent to create the ridgity you need.