How to Make Portable Dog Ramps for Cars

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  • 4-6 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 45-200
What You'll Need
Wooden planks
Rubber matting
Miter saw

As a dog owner, there will come a time when you will want to put them in their car, if they are very heavy then dog ramps will make this much easier. A dog ramp will allow a heavy dog or a dog who is unable to walk or jump to get into your car safely and easily. If you have a huge golden retriever then lifting him up would probably be out of the question.

Ramps are normally very large and this makes them unsuitable to take with you. However, there are quite a few things that you can do to make your very own portable dog ramp. As long as you have the right tools and materials available you should be able to make your very own dog ramp very easily.

Compact by Design

When building a portable dog ramp for your car it is important to make sure that it is compact. You will want to design and make a ramp that fits comfortably in your car without using up too much space. Ideally, you will want to make a ramp that fits in your trunk, to make this possible you will need to use hinges. Hinges can be fixed in a way so that they do not weaken the ramp, but they allow the ramp to collapse partially.

Remember that the ramp doesn't have to support your whole weight, it only needs to support your dog.


You need to spend time designing the dog ramp, it's not a project that you can just start making without designing. As every car will be a different height and you will have different requirements you will need to think about quite a few things. Think about the height of your car, you need to design a ramp which is long enough so that it doesn't have a very steep gradient.

The weight of your dog will also be an issue. Although it doesn't have to support your weight it needs to be sturdy and safe enough for your dog to use. This can be made possible by using heavy-duty materials. Make sure that you use thick enough wood to stop it from bending under the weight.


Dogs can trip and slip just like humans. Make sure that the ramp is covered in a nice rubberized material that will prevent them from slipping. This will also make it very easy to clean if it does ever get dirty. The ramp should also have some type of hook to attach it to your car, this will prevent the ramp from moving and sliding down when the dog climbs on it.

Using the Ramp

To use the ramp you will need to get it out of the trunk, unfold it and then lay it against the car. Then allow the dog to walk up the ramp just to test it out, if all is good then you can start using it on every journey.