It’s okay to keep your dog inside the home and go out for necessities, though your dog might not always admit it. Sometimes, you will feel like bringing it with you when going out for a long period. Of course, it will be real fun for you, and your dog will enjoy this outing too. But the problem starts when you want to put it in your SUV or car, mainly if the dog is larger or heavyweight.
A sturdy dog ramp is the best way of resolving the hard time getting the dog into the vehicle. It will relieve you from the worst feeling of watching your dog sitting on the ground in front of the SUV’s door. It will allow the dog to get into the SUV walking safely, and without jumping a bit. But, they are expensive, and it’s challenging to get an inexpensive yet quality unit when you need it.
What to do then? Take the responsibility and build a DIY ramp with a minimal cost. But how to build a dog ramp for SUV without any assistance from an expert? Here we will explain an effective method briefly.
One Thing to Remember
As you’ve decided to bring your dog in your SUV, it is not only essential to pick it safely, but also you must ensure maximum comfort for it inside the SUV. A SUV cargo liner is probably the best option that can offer an ideal environment for your little love with full safety and comfort.
Anyway, let’s come to the point of discussion – building a dog ramp for an SUV.
Required Tools and Materials
You are going to require the following tools and materials while building a dog ramp for SUV:
- Staple gun with 0.25-inch staples
- Handsaw/Oscillating tool
- Power drill
- Carpet sheet
- 2 wooden beams (120-inch each)
As you have collected all tools and materials, it is time to start the DIY process. We will explain the entire process in 3 simple steps.
Take the plywood sheet and cut it into a length that you feel most comfortable for your dog, considering the car height, and dog size. If you don’t know – the standard plywood size is 4 feet by 4 feet. But you can consider anything between 3 feet and 5 feet to ensure the ramp is not too steep. Use your hand with a handsaw or apply motion saw blades on it for smooth cutting.
Take the beams and cut each of them into half (60-inch each). Attach them on both sides of the plywood using screws and power drill to ensure a perfect shape and strength. Add the railings finally. Cut two planks of 12-inch by 1 inch (you should cut it according to the size you choose from 3 feet to 5 feet). The plywood should be aligned accordingly. Attach all those pieces to the lateral and outermost surface of the beams using screws.
Now, pay attention to confirm the right traction. It is essential because many dogs may struggle to grip the surface on the ramp while going up or down. Accurate traction is a must for those dogs who are suffering from arthritis or identical health challenges.
Determine how much traction assistance they require. Cut the wooden beam into pieces (as many as based on the traction necessary) according to the ramp size you primarily chose. Place the piece one by one, and screw with beams horizontally.
The ramp is ready structurally—all you need to give it a furnished look with extra comfort. Apply polyurethane (wipe on or spray) all over the ramp, from top to bottom, for added protection against damage from water and moisture. Use a water-based polyurethane, not oil-based. Let the solution dry for more than 24 hours.
Add a soft sheet of carpet or an astroturf on the upper surface of the ramp. Cut the carpet into pieces that will be a great fit in between the areas created by traction beams, not over the beams. Finally, staple each corner of the turf pieces with wood for perfection.
This is it – a perfect DIY method of building a dog ram on your own. Just make sure if the ramp will be used by multiple dogs or a single one, as material and strength will vary upon that.