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DIY Dog Pool Ramp – Don’t Let Them Drown

Happy New Year everyone. I hope it’s a good one filled with love, laughter, and many beautiful memories. I wanted to share a DIY project with you today that’s really close to my heart. It involves fur babies and more specifically this little cutie pie – EeeeeDeeeee Riley Pipsquick (III).

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

You may remember her from our paintbrush repurpose post. She’s been with us for a year now and she’s grown just a tiny bit.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

She’s a feisty little thing and loves playing tug of war with our other fur baby, Zia. And sometimes that game of tug of war goes wrong and EeeeeDeeeee ends up in the pool. Fortunately, she can swim. Unfortunately, her legs are just too short to stand on the stairs so she can’t get out of the pool on her own 😮

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She’s crept so deeply into our hearts and we can’t bear the thought of her drowning if they play tug of war when we’re not around to save her. So we had to make a plan. Dog pool ramps are hard to come by and when you do find one, it’s horribly expensive or the reviews are a bit suspect. So we decided to DIY this Dog Pool Ramp for her.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

What you need for the Dog Pool Ramp

  • Pool noodle
  • Zip ties
  • Industrial strength canvas or rubber mat material
  • Nylon rope
  • Hacksaw or pipe cutter
  • PVC Pipe and Fittings:
    • 6 x 90-degree elbow pieces
    • 2 x T-pieces
    • 1 PVC pipe
  • PVC adhesive
  • Silicone (optional depending on the type of fittings used)

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

PVC pipe comes in different thicknesses, sizes and “flexibilitiness” Lordy, I don’t even think that’s a word 😀 Look for the SN value (Nominal stiffness). The higher the number the stiffer, or less flexible, the pipe is. You want something that doesn’t bend too easily. We used electrical conduit to make our doggie pool ramp since we already had some. It’s strong enough to hold EeeeeDeeeee’s weight without bending.

How to Make a Dog Pool Ramp

First things first. Measure your fur babies. The ramp needs to be long enough for them to sit on comfortably and at least 20 cm (about 8”) wider than they are.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

We made ours big enough to fit Lulu Bell who’s a bit plumper rounder more voluptuously gorgeous than EeeeeDeeeee. She tends to stay far away from the pool though, but we wanted to be sure it would work for both of them. Cut a piece of canvas or rubber mat to size using the measurements. Since we used electrical fittings to make the pool ramp, we needed to seal the elbows and T-pieces with silicone first to make them watertight. If you’re using plumbing elbows and T-pieces you can skip this step.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

Using your piece of canvas as a template, cut the PVC pipe into two long pieces and two shorter pieces with a hacksaw. Remember to add a little extra when cutting the PVC pipe to take into account the extra bit that will fit into the elbows.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

You should end up with something like this.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

Sorry, the piccy above is missing the two 90 degree elbows on the left-hand side. Now to add those T-pieces that will help stabilize the pool ramp and make it easier to attach it to the side of the pool.

Adding the T-Pieces and Making the Frame

You’ll be cutting one of the shorter PVC pipes up into smaller pieces to add the T-pieces. The T-pieces and PVC pipe bits will be joined together as follows:

  • a small length of PVC pipe that connects the T-piece to the elbow on the left,
  • a T-piece,
  • a piece of PVC pipe,
  • a T-piece,
  • a small length of PVC pipe that connects the T-piece to the elbow on the right

I’m hoping the picture below explains it better than my words 😉

Cutting the top part. Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

Once all the pieces have been cut, glue the bits together to form the frame for the dog pool ramp as shown below. Make sure the two T-pieces point upwards.

Putting the top part together. Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

PVC adhesive takes about 15 minutes to harden to a point at where it can withstand water pressure and two hours to cure fully. To finish off the frame insert two 12 cm (4.5″) PVC pieces into an elbow and glue them into the T-pieces. Finally cut a  piece of PVC pipe to join them together.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

Adding the Canvas

Use zip ties to attach the canvas to the frame making sure to pull the canvas really tight.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

Cut a pool noodle to size and zip tie it underneath the canvas for extra floatation. One can never be too safe when it comes to our fur babies 😉

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

That’s it. The dog pool ramp is ready. Time for a test run.

Testing the Dog Pool Ramp Out

Place the ramp inside the pool, tie a rope around the top part of the frame and secure it to something strong and stable. Make sure the pool ramp is right up against the side of the pool. We tied ours to a bush that grows near the pool. I think we unintentionally knocked this little guy into the pool while we were tying the rope. So the very first thing that the dog pool ramp saved was actually a six-legged critter and not one of our fur babies 😀 Shame poor thing.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

But I’m happy to say, it works for EeeeeDeeeee too.

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

Impawtant Things to Keep in Mind When Making a Dog Pool Ramp

Glue all the pieces together with a water-resistant glue or adhesive so it doesn’t come loose.

Choose the right size and stiffness of PVC pipe. Make sure it holds the weight of your fur baby.

This doggie pool ramp is only suitable for small to medium dogs. Our EeeeeDeeeee weighs 4 kg (9 lb) and Lulu Bell is around 14 kg (32lb) and it works for both of them. Lulu is still not speaking to us after we put her in the pool 🙁

You will need to teach your fur baby where the ramp is. We put EeeeeDeeeee in the pool three times before she figured out that the ramp is her “safety net”. Now, as soon as she goes in she swims straight towards it. TRY not to help your fur baby out of the water. They need to do it by themselves, otherwise, you’ll never know if the doggie pool ramp works properly. I really struggled with this one 🙂

The choice of canvas is also important. Not only should it be really strong and UV resistant, it needs to be the right color too. Fur babies don’t see colors the way we do. Their color perception is similar to a person who is “red-green” color blind, so they only see shades of blue, yellow and green. We used a pale yellow canvas to contrast with the blue of the pool. Look for canvas that has a tight weave so your fur baby’s claws don’t get stuck. You can also use a rubber mat as long as it’s textured to prevent your fur baby from slipping.

If you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

How does your fur baby handle the water? Are they pool safe?

Don’t let them drown. Make your own dog pool ramp out of an inexpensive PVC pipe and keep your fur baby safe. #PoolRamp #SwimmingPoolDIY, #Dogramp, #PetWaterSafety

Oh and by the way, if you’re struggling to find some of the things we used, I’ve got you covered Disclosure: If you click on the links below, we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us come up with more unique DIY and craft ideas for you;-)

 

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Until next time, happy crafting

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   DIY Tutorials, PVC Hacks

Comments

  • Posted: March 19, 2019 20:19

    Lydia from Life Beyond the Kitchen

    EeeeDeee (I think I'm missing some eees) is a cutie pie. I'm assuming that's Lulu in the header? This is a great idea and one I'll pass on to my daughter who has a pool and a couple pets.
    • Posted: March 20, 2019 06:12

      acraftymix

      😍 So glad you like the pool ramp Lydia. I had nightmares about our EeeeeDeeee and the pool before we made it. The fur baby in our header is Zia. She's a Husky x Alsatian and loves swimming. Lulu Bell is our little sausage dog, with something else mixed in just for fun 😉 She's not good with water either but tends to stay far away from the pool, but we did test the pool ramp with her too, just in case
  • Posted: January 25, 2019 15:47

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    That's a great project, Michelle! It would be horrible if one of your furry babies would drown. Now you don't have to worry anymore. This is such a great inspiration for pool owners with pets!
    • Posted: January 25, 2019 16:18

      acraftymix

      We've never lost a fur baby to a drowning but I can only imagine how terrible it must be. A really good friend of ours lost her english bulldog like that just before Christmas and it broke her heart. You don't know what to say to make it better other than sharing all the memories and listening 💞 They really are such a big part of our family
  • Posted: January 18, 2019 13:59

    Kippi

    Great project! I had to check it out since it was so popular (I don't have a dog) and wanted to see how you build the ramp. You are so clever to have figured out a way to make a ramp and keep that cutie pup safe. Have a wonderful weekend, Kippi #kippiathome
    • Posted: January 21, 2019 10:51

      acraftymix

      Thank you 😍 I was a little surprised to find out the doggie pool ramp was most popular, but I'm guessing everyone saw Eeeeeee Deeeeee's cute face and couldn't help but click through 😉
  • Posted: January 16, 2019 02:54

    Amy

    What a cutie! I didn't even know doggie ramps for the pool were a thing, but it's definitely a great idea. We had a pool in the backyard growing up. They are lots of fun, but you can never be too cautious with them.
    • Posted: January 16, 2019 05:05

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Amy. We spend so much time out at the pool here at home and you're right you do have to be super cautious when you have one, especially if you have little ones running around.
  • Posted: January 15, 2019 17:11

    Christina Makri

    Oh such a little cute face! You are such a kind person Michelle. You have a noble soul... only you as far as I know could think to make this for her furry child. Kisses & Hugs :)
    • Posted: January 16, 2019 05:02

      acraftymix

      🙊 Our fur babies are such a big part of the family, we just have to make sure they're safe 💞
  • Posted: January 14, 2019 15:08

    Connie

    What a little sweetie. So glad you showed her how to find the ramp. We lost one of our little one 3 years ago to a drowning incident. It breaks your heart
    • Posted: January 14, 2019 16:31

      acraftymix

      Oh Connie, I'm so very sorry to hear that. I can't imagine how terrible that must have been. Sending lots of love, they'll always live on inside our hearts 💞
  • Posted: January 14, 2019 14:57

    Mattie

    Baie oulik. Waar het julle die materiaal gekry?
    • Posted: January 14, 2019 15:01

      acraftymix

      Hi daar Mattie. Ons het die materiaal by Builders gekoop. Dis daai wat hulle normaal weg gebruik vir 'n stoep - Coolaroo. As jy dit in 'n rol koop is dit baie goedkoper
  • Posted: January 13, 2019 13:52

    Carolann

    Your pooch is adorable! I love this idea so much!
    • Posted: January 14, 2019 14:14

      acraftymix

      She just the cutest, feistiest little thing ever. So glad she's part of our fur baby family
  • Posted: January 13, 2019 05:18

    Martinique

    This is brilliant and it doesn't look at all difficult to make. My husband is a plumber and I know he has a whole bunch of plumbing fittings that we could use to make one. I'll be showing him your tutorial later. We have two scotties and the are terrible swimmers and I always worry that something will happen to them
    • Posted: January 13, 2019 05:29

      acraftymix

      Awwww Scotties are my Mom's favorite kind of fur baby. We had so many when we were growing up and you're right, they're the worst when it comes to swimming. Please let me know if anything in the tutorial seems unclear and use the strong pipes, scotties are quite heavy for their size 🐾
  • Posted: January 11, 2019 09:40

    DecorCraftDesign

    EeeeDeee is such a doll, her eyes melts you! And your pool ramp is a great idea! So thoughtful :)
    • Posted: January 14, 2019 15:04

      acraftymix

      Hey Mel 💞 EeeeeeDeeeee seems to steal everyone's heart
  • Posted: January 10, 2019 11:30

    Debra

    This is an excellent idea. After all, we want our furbabies to be safe. EeeeeeDeeeee is so cute!
    • Posted: January 13, 2019 05:26

      acraftymix

      Right?!! Our fur babies give us so much love and just make the world a better place 💞
  • Posted: January 9, 2019 19:49

    Katrin

    Aw your little pup is adorable and I'm happy she'll be safe swimming now!! As always you guys just come up with the best stuff! I think this would work for bunnies too, hey??
    • Posted: January 10, 2019 04:53

      acraftymix

      Oh I never thought about that 🤔 Yes I'm sure the ramp will work for bunnies as long as they're familiar with swimming and know where to find the ramp to get out of the water.
  • Posted: January 7, 2019 19:17

    Kim

    Well, isn't that clever? But I'm not surprised, you are super creative! Oh...and that face. Too cute!
    • Posted: January 8, 2019 05:04

      acraftymix

      Isn't she just the cutest thing ever. Thanks so much Kim
  • Posted: January 7, 2019 18:14

    Mary

    This is so adorable Michelle, just perfect for your little fur baby! EeeDee is such a cutie and of course you always want her to be safe. And thanks to your information, I know I've been doing something right, I've been adding lots of blue to my house without knowing it I have been making Tatou happy!
    • Posted: January 8, 2019 05:03

      acraftymix

      😀 Tatou must be one of the happiest little fur babies ever Mary. He's found such a loving home now and yes you're right he'll be able to see all the blues you've added to your decor
  • Posted: January 7, 2019 16:47

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    So cool Michelle! 💖 We have stairs on both ends of our pool so the animals could get out but I've been wanting something for the frogs to get on so they can get out. Some are lucky because I see them sitting on the skimmer handle and get them to safety but others are not so lucky. 😞
    • Posted: January 8, 2019 04:59

      acraftymix

      Oh shame yes. We have loads of frogs at the bottom of the garden too and so many of them fall into the pool when they migrate up to the top pond. I hope the little pool ramp works for them too. 💞
  • Posted: January 7, 2019 10:26

    Celeste

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! Super easy to make (thanks to your awesome instructions) and I can totally see this doing it's important job. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏
    • Posted: January 7, 2019 13:51

      acraftymix

      🙊 Dankie jy. I'm super happy we made the pool ramp for EeeeeeDeeeee and she's super comfortable using it too.

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