Let’s face it — your dog’s going to ride in your car sooner or later.
Whether you’re like us and take your pooch with you on every trip to the supermarket or your pet’s travels are limited to vet visits, you’ll eventually need a convenient way to get Fido in the vehicle. This is especially true if he’s injured or getting on in years, and jumping right in is out of the question.
The DIY dog ramps below are fast and easy to build, and they make getting in even the tallest cab painless for both you and your dog.
1. Dog Ramp by Pet Life Academy
However, it’s extremely stable and durable, so your pooch shouldn’t have any misgivings about scurrying on up.
2. Best Net Review’s Dog Ramp Idea
It takes a little more work than slapping down a basic board, of course, but the results are well worth it.
3. Dog Ramp by This Old House
If you care more about functionality than flair, this option from This Old House is quick and easy to make.
The fold-down legs make it easy to store as well, so you can take it with you everywhere.
4. Instructables’ Dog Ramp Idea
If the thought of getting out a saw and working with wood fills you with dread, this is the design for you.
5. A Dog Ramp by My Repurposed Life
While nominally an indoor ramp, this creation from My Repurposed Life works just as well for getting Fido in and out of the car, due to the long plank at the top that makes scrambling onto the seat a breeze.
You’ll simply need to modify the instructions to make the ramp taller, but that’s not much of a hassle at all.
6. Dog Ramp Project by Irresistible Pets
Like the one from My Repurposed Life, this ramp from Irresistible Pets is intended for indoor use, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s perfect for helping a pooch into a pickup.
Regardless of where you use it, it’s so elegant that no one will believe you didn’t spend big bucks on it.
7. Salt of America’s DIY Dog Ramp
This Salt of America ramp is incredibly stable, so injured pets will feel confident scurrying up and down on it.
It’s a little longer than some other models shown here, but that just prevents your pup from having to climb up at a steep angle.
8. Dogsaholic’s Dog Ramp Idea
Dogsaholic has several ideas for ramps, but this one is specifically intended for getting in and out of vehicles.
We especially like the addition of an eye hook at the top to prevent it from slipping and sliding.
9. Dog Ramp by Sarah Leamy
Sarah Leamy offers up this no-frills option, which has plenty of footholds for your pup, not to mention an incredibly stable base.
This model requires very little woodworking skill, but you’d never know it from the finished product.
10. Dog Ramp Project by Make and Build Dog Stuff
You’ll have to buy the instructions for this ramp from Make and Build Dog Stuff, but the cost is well worth it, as the plans are more detailed and easier to follow than some other options.
In addition to step-by-step instructions, you’ll also get colored 3D drawings showing you how everything should look during the assembly process.
Ramp It Up
Don’t let any squeamishness about your woodworking skills stop you from making a ramp for your furbaby, as most of the options above are remarkably easy to make — and your dog will thank you for them.
After all, what’s easier: taking an hour or two to put together a dog ramp, or spending weeks in physical therapy after you throw your back out lifting Fido into the truck?
Featured Image Credit: Russell Harrison Photography, Flickr
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- 1. Dog Ramp by Pet Life Academy
- 2. Best Net Review’s Dog Ramp Idea
- 3. Dog Ramp by This Old House
- 4. Instructables’ Dog Ramp Idea
- 5. A Dog Ramp by My Repurposed Life
- 6. Dog Ramp Project by Irresistible Pets
- 7. Salt of America’s DIY Dog Ramp
- 8. Dogsaholic’s Dog Ramp Idea
- 9. Dog Ramp by Sarah Leamy
- 10. Dog Ramp Project by Make and Build Dog Stuff
- Ramp It Up