Published on August 1st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Dachshund Dog Ramp

Photo: IKEA.com

Materials: Prant Box, Borris rug (x2), Ekby Tryggve shelf (x2), hook and loop tape, hinges from hardware store, Goop glue, Heavy-duty scissors

Description: Ever since we bought our new king size Ikea bed, our little Dachshund has been unable to get up onto the bed by himself. I made a ramp from which he can jump to a small bench that we have next to our bed and then onto the bed itself. This is only for small dogs, because the box, while sturdy, just isn’t meant to hold any substantial amount of weight. Otto thinks he’s a Doberman and the 1″ legs he has, were merely a mistake!

1. Assemble the Prant 13X13X15 box with lid according to the instructions.
2. Cut one of the Tryggve shelves to the same height as the box so it is flush with the top when you stand it along side of the box.

3. Use two smallish hinges from the hardware store and hinge together the shelf piece that you cut to the intact shelf.
4. Use self-adhesive hook and loop tape and fasten it so that the small piece of shelving will adhere to the box. The hinge should be at the top
and the long piece of shelving should extend at about a 45 degree angle from the box.
5. Cut up the two pieces of Borris carpet so that it fits the length of the ramp as well as the top of the box. I left some overlap at the bottom to
extend on to the floor as well as at the top so that it can cover the hinge. You will need a heavy duty scissors to be able to cut through the carpet
or a heavy duty rotary cutter. I made do with my light weight rotary cutter, but it wasn’t easy and the edges didn’t come out as nicely as I would have
6. Use the household goop to glue the carpet to the ramp and to the top of the box.
7. The glue and the carpet stinks until everything is dry, so don’t try to get your doggie to learn to use the ramp until the smell goes away.

~ Laurie, Minnesota

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11 Responses to Dachshund Dog Ramp

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this! I have been looking for an easy plan for a ramp to build for my dog so that she can look out the front window and this one is perfect!

  3. Andsetinn says:

    This is a nice build if you like the idea. Usually pets are discouraged off the furniture, especially beds and sofas.

    • Anonymous says:

      You keep your cat on the floor? My cat has joint issues so jumping is hard for her. It’s not about the “idea” for cats.

  4. Alex @ Revedecor says:

    This should work with rabbits too, doesn’t it? Many dogs can jump in a bed, but a rabbit can’t. Maybe I’ll build one of this for Toby :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Good comment! Rabbits are so often ignored in terms of their social and behavioural needs. Article published here in UK last year reported RSPCA survey that 75%, yes 3 in every 4 pet rabbits are on the spectrum of neglect, from fatal to significant neglect, in terms of basic needs (housing, exercise, diet etc)…there is work to do in protecting them and increasing awareness. Even comments in blogs, like yours just now, help educate. :-)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yeah !! It’s a good idea for my pig. I am a big supporter of animals and love too !

  6. Anonymous says:

    Such a cute dog and I bet he loves a ramp. I could use this trick for my teacup chihuahua but beds (table and chairs as well) in my house are the only places free of his loose pieces of hair falling of everywhere (no matter if I gently try to get rid of some them with a dog brush). One and only on time he tried to jump on my sister’s bed (like a frog) because he was whining and whining but she didn’t pick him up. Almost made it but then fell straight on his tiny bony butt before she was able to catch him (nothing happened to him). Pets are fun:)

  7. Anonymous says:

    Otto is adorable, I want to give him a hug.

  8. Some people treat their pets as a part of their family, that’s why they provide them what they need and give comfortable living. This ramp can be use of dog to do some tricks and this makes fun for them.

  9. The idea seems fantastic, because many dogs have problems and need an accessory like this. I am very touched that people should devote time to their pets as their children, is of very good people. I am a big supporter of animals and love.

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