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Anyone Have Ideas for Dog Cart Building Plans?

 
Travis Philp
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I've got a border collie with a hell of a lot of energy and though he wasn't bred for pulling carts I think he needs to earn his kibble beyond giving face washes and fertilizing the lawn...

So does anyone have ideas/schematics/instructions for building a dog cart for a medium sized dog? I'd like him to pull loads of tools, firewood, and/or mulch and manure.
 
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I love working with PVC so this is the one I really like. I have found PVC amazingly useful. If you want something stronger it can give a basis for design at least....
http://www.sonic.net/~cdlcruz/carting/pvccart.htm

There is a video here on how to train your dog to pull a cart too....
http://www.ehow.com/video_4977514_train-dog-pull-carts.html

Hope this helps.

Chelle

 
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Excellent instructions and video. Thanks for this Chelle. Now I've gotta figure out how to get my dog to stop flopping onto the ground on his back and bucking violently whenever we approach him. Maybe one of these training videos covers that...
 
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Okay this will take training, but it works....

What we did with our boarder collie was to give him a fresh cow bone as a reward for coming, sitting, whatever.  Then allow him to clean it completely - this doesn't take long 

Now the bone acts like a Binky, and a signal to pay attention - here's how we did it.

Whenever the dog was spazing out we would say "get your bone, get your bone" in an excited, hyper voice - and wait on the dog to do so.  Once he had his bone we would say good dog and pat him adding sit, stay or whatever.   Now he always has a cleaned bone in his mouth when he is 'on duty' (in his mind).  The on duty state is very focused and listening for commands.  He sleeps with his bone near, ever ready to pick it up and report for duty.  If he is freaking out we just say get your bone and then sit or down to signal the wait for instructions posture.  Once he has his bone he is clam and ready, alert and watching for a command.

All this happen by necessity and accident, I started giving him the bones so he wouldn't dig or chew anything, and they worked great - a puppy who never chewed anything but his bones!  My slippers are forever grateful.

As time has passed he has learned words (its just annoying as when a child does) now if someone says chicken (ooops) the dog takes off running for his bone, gets it and stands at attention at the back door.  If we don't move, and we don't, he looks at the chicken area and back at us - keeps repeating and then finally drops down to the floor to watch the up-to-no-good critters, he's on duty don't you know.


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I've had this thought too, as our dog got to be almost 80 pounds and seems he could "pull his own weight" in more ways than one. 

I just found a blog that has a whole bunch of pictures of old carts.  This used to be a common site, especially in Europe. 

http://terriermandotcom.blogspot.com/2008/10/dog-carts-and-extinction-of-memory.html
 
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thanks for the training tips Jami, and for the pictures Marina. My girlfriend doesn't seem too sold on the idea due to our dog's 'floppy' nature but I think its worth giving it a try.
 
                          
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We want to build a cart for ours, too. He loves pulling a sled.

 
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