Make a DIY Pool Dog Ramp

There could be a couple of different reasons you are looking for a pool ramp for your dog.

  1. Easy in and out when you are at the pool with your dog.
  2. In case your dog ends up in the pool when you aren’t around you want to make sure he can find a way out.

The second reason is extremely important.

An image of a golden retriever swimming in a pool.

You’ll often hear people show concern about having a pool and young children.

In fact, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford attributed selling their $6.5 million dollar house due to the safety concerns of living on a lake and having a pool.

Did you know, that pools pose just as much if not more of a risk to pets?

In fact, according to the number of family pet drownings is 10X great than that of children drowning.

That’s right, nearly 5,000 pets drown in family swimming pools each year.

Here we will share some options to help keep your pet safe and give them a way to get out of the pool safely.

A video showing a dog ramp for a swimming pool similar to the beach chair ramp

A DIY dog pool ramp with fake green grass and beagles using the ramp.

The above videos can be some great options for making your own pool ramp for your dog.

Before we get into our DIY dog pool ramp with step-by-step instructions for assembly, I want to share some options that are available for purchase.

We haven’t tried either of the below ramps.

It’s surprising how limited the options are for dog pool ramps and how much they cost. That’s likely why so many turn to a DIY option.

How to Make the DIY Pool Dog Ramp

This DIY dog pool ramp is a reader contribution.

Marie from Gibraltar was kind enough to send in her great idea and photos for this ramp, based on an ordinary lawn chair!

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Step 1: Get the Right Chair

“Basically, we started with a beach chair with a plastic perforated seat, the sort that is close to the ground, as in the photo below.”

Dog using DIY pool ramp.

In other words, an inexpensive, folding type lawn chair made of “aluminum covered with plastic, so it won’t damage the lining of the pool.”

Step 2: Add Gripping Materials

“To this, we added two strips of a white perforated plastic tile you would use to step out of a shower, the sort you can find in a DIY store.

You can cut this easily with a Stanley knife. 

A simple lawn chair can be turned into a pool ramp for dogs.

We held the strips in place with plastic covered wire.

The first one [was placed] where the dog might get a grip when in the water, the second one to allow him to step up from the submerged part onto the top of the pool area.”

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Step 3: Place the Lawn Chair in the Pool

“As the photos show, we turned the chair around so that the backrest is in the water and the seat is against the pool wall.

When fully open the first legs of the chair stand against the pool liner, which is unharmed because there are no sharp edges that could puncture or perforate it.”

Lawn chair placed to become a dog pool ramp.

Step 4: Anchor the Chair

“We then attached a strong plastic rope to one of the carrying handles of the chair and secured it with one or two loops to a screw.

This was driven into the grass-covered wood podium where our stand up swimming pool is embedded.”

Lawn chair attached to the ground outside the pool

Step 5: Get The Dogs to Use the Pool Dog Ramp

“It took us two trial swims to get both dogs to realize which way to get out of the pool. The taller dog has now found the pool dog ramp is a convenient launch pad too and goes in and out without any coaching.”

Two dogs using the dog pool ramp.

“The white strips make it a focus for them I think, as they have no difficulty in finding it and go straight for the ‘ramp’. 

I hope some of your readers will find this useful, as I know how worrying it is to have a small dog near a pool when it is sometimes impossible for it to have 24/7 supervision.

Both our dogs are rescues; the white one is a girl called Krissie…she is the athlete, bet you if we taught her she would do somersaults lol!

The little brown one is Alfie and he has some Sealyham in him and his legs are really short though he is quite fearless (thinks he is bigger than he is), but steep steps are just not made for him.”

Don’t forget your dogs life jacket

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A Final Word on the Dog Pool Ramp

“The dog pool ramps on sale, though fantastic, are sometimes costly and above some of our budgets. This project cost us nothing, as we had the chair, the plastic tile, the string, the large-headed screw, and the dogs too :).” 

Thank you for this excellent project description, Marie! We are sure this will help many visitors make their own dog pool ramps! Jo


We hope you found these dog pool ramp ideas helpful.

Another great option for keeping your pet safe, is to put up a fence around the pool.

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