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How to build a dog ramp for a car

Updated April 17, 2017

As dogs age, they might need a little help reaching high places, such as a bed, chair or car. A dog ramp is a moderately difficult task that takes preparation and the right supplies, but it can be done as a do-it-yourself project to save you money.

Measure the distance from the car to the ground, then add 4 inches to the length. Cut the plywood to this length.

Lay another piece of plywood on the ground, place the screws into the wood and screw them in.

Attach indoor/outdoor carpeting to the plywood and cut to the length of the ramp. Attach the carpeting to the ramp using a heavy-duty stapler.

Place the ramp onto the car and have your pet try to climb it. If your dog needs additional help, wood lath strips can be added at 11-inch intervals for your dog to use as grips.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4"-thick plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Hammer and nails
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Whitney Jennings writes for various online publications, focusing on topics in business, technology and fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from North Georgia College and State University.