There are few things dogs love more than celebrating summer with a splash! Whether you’re swimming in a lake, pond, or pool, many dogs love to join you in your adventures.
However, dogs can’t pull themselves out of the water as easily as humans, and pool and dock ramps can get expensive. Here are five easy ways to DIY a water ramp for your canine friends.
The 5 DIY Dog Water Ramps
1. DIY Rubber Mat Dock/Boat Ramp by Halifax Dogventures
|Materials:||Pool noodles, plastic floor mats, zip ties, carabiners, rope|
|Tools:||Knife or scissors|
If you want a basic floating ramp that can attach easily to a dock or boat, this tutorial has you covered. The step-by-step pictures are easy to follow, and the detailed instructions on the best pool noodle placement will help you to put together a floating ramp that can easily be attached to a railing via rope and carabiners. This ramp is a great project for DIYers of any skill level and doesn’t require any special tools or skills. It also includes a short video clip of the ramp in action, showing how a medium-to-large dog can easily get out of the water.
2. Wooden Floating Dock Ramp by Eric Hurst
|Materials:||2x4s, plywood, outdoor carpeting, empty gas cans, scrap wood, pool noodle, metal rings|
|Tools:||Drill, saw, staple gun|
If you want a more robust but still portable ramp, consider breaking out your woodworking skills to follow this tutorial. Although it’s not for absolute beginners, the simple design is easy to grasp. The advantage that this style of ramp has over others is that even the largest dogs can use it with some modification. This style of ramp has a floating wooden base and adjustable buoyancy containers made out of plastic gas cans so that you can fill it with just enough water to keep the ramp stable while still lifting your dog easily.
3. Rubber Mat Pool Ramp by PetDIYs.com
|Materials:||Rope, rubber mat, zip ties|
|Tools:||Scissors or knife|
If you’ve got a smaller dog, this take on the rubber mat and pool noodle ramp is even easier! Using just a single long mat that bends out of the water, this is perfect for home pools where dogs and wildlife might accidentally fall in unsupervised. It will take less than an hour to make and be easy to adjust as needed for your dog. However, some dogs may need help getting used to this ramp.
4. Above-Ground Pool Dog Ramp and Deck by Jenily11
|Materials:||Scrap wood, metal plate, screws, hinges, shelving brackets, yoga mat, paint|
|Tools:||Drill, sandpaper, saw, staple gun, paintbrushes|
If you’ve got an above-ground pool, giving your dogs safe access can be tricky. This video walks you through building a structure with a ramp going up to the pool, a small “deck” and a ramp that goes down into the water. This is a little bit trickier, partly because the tutorial is fairly loose, but expert DIYers will find it a good starting point. We loved the idea of using a yoga mat to cover the part of the ramp that’s underwater for a non-slip surface!
5. Doggie Standing Shelf/Step for Pool by Tonka The Malamute
|Materials:||Tote bin, weights, zip ties|
If you’ve got a pool and a larger dog, a standing shelf or step is a good alternative to a pool ramp. This shelf is made from a big tote bin that is not quite as tall as the water level of the pool. Because of its height, your dog can stand on the shelf to take a break and lounge in the water or use the shelf as a step to get in and out of the pool. This is a genius solution that’s perfect for dogs who are big enough to swamp pool noodles or would prefer a sturdier step instead of a floating ramp.
With so many different solutions to help dogs get in and out of the water, there’s no need to go to the store! Dog ramps are a great DIY project, and this list has ideas for every situation and at every skill level. Whether you need a permanent ramp for your home pool, a portable solution for your boat, or something in-between, we hope these ideas will get you started.
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