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Boat or raft for German Shepherd

QUESTION:

Hi - my husband and I love our dog and hate leaving him behind when we go kayaking. We don't do white water stuff, just gentle trips in lakes and quiet rivers so it wouldn't be risky for our large German Shepherd. We would like some ideas on a small boat or raft we could pull behind the kayak. It would have to be stable or he would capsize, and light weight enough to pull comfortably.

ANSWER:

How wonderful that you want to bring your dog with you when you go kayaking. We are not boating experts but have some ideas. For a raft, you could make something out of styrofoam blocks. You would probably want to cover the deck with indoor outdoor carpeting or some other type of non-skid material. You would also want to add sides in case the water gets choppy and to prevent water from splashing in. However, it may be difficult to shape it so it cleaves through the water easily.

Another alternative might be to get a rubber raft and cover it with some canvas or other thick material so your dogs' claws did not tear it up. Alternatively, a flat-bottomed small canoe or very small dinghy (perhaps even a sailboat with the sails removed) would probably work well if you are going to tow your dog behind your kayaks.

We have had a couple of boats that we used with our dogs. The first was a big fiberglass dinghy that was terribly heavy but could fit four people and two large dogs. We even negotiated some rapids in it once and it didn't capsize! The other was a 17 foot wide-bottomed canoe. We used it in lakes in Northern California. Comet either rode in it with us or swam, something he loves to do. The lakes were really shallow so we didn't worry too much about him getting into trouble.

To Our Site Visitors - Do you have any ideas or experience that would help these folks decide what to use?

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Any Contests on Make & Build Dog Stuff?

by Sierra
(Auxvasse, MO, USA)

Question:

Will you guys be having any contests soon? If so, when? Thanks!

Answer:

Hello Sierra,

The only ongoing contest we are having is to win dog treadmill plans (other plans can be substituted if you prefer). We choose two people every couple of months. All you have to do is submit your idea or set of instructions to our site to enter (at least 150 words please). See our home page below the Monthly Dog Show for more details.

You need to be prepared to receive an email back from us. Therefore, please make sure your spam filter does not block emails from *@make-and-build-dog-stuff.com (we have had people not claiming their prize because our emails did not go through). We do not publish our entire email because of phishing problems.

Best wishes.
Jo

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Should I get a Puggle?

by macy
(usa)

Question:

I don't know if you have heard but there is new designer breed of dog called a Puggle. It is a cross between a pug and a beagle. I want to get one, but I am not sure. What do you think?

Answer:

Macy, I have heard of Puggles but never met one or anyone who had one who could tell us what their dog was like.

From my point of view, one advantage is that dogs that are mixed breeds are often healthier and may not inherit genetic diseases or problems as easily as purebred dogs.

On the other hand, you cannot be certain what behaviors such a cross will exhibit. With a purebred dog from a breeder who knows the parents, you are more likely to get a dog with the temperament you want.

We feel fortunate that Pebble, the four year old Chihuahua/Dachshund cross (called a Chiweenie) we just acquired, is good with children and people in general. She is also not hyper but loves to be active. We had the advantage of checking her out before we took her on and getting her as a mature adult rather than a puppy.

However, she still needs to be trained to handle encounters with big dogs (and other big animals such as horses) in a less defensive or aggressive manner. She also has the ability to become totally deaf when she is asked to stop doing something that she really wants to do (just like the Dachschund Jo had growing up)! We're not sure how to train her out of that behavior yet... And we're not sure which of her behaviors come from the Dachshund side, and which from the Chihuahua genes.

Another thing to consider is that your Puggle may look more like a Pug but act more like a Beagle (who I've heard can be extremely stubborn and difficult to train) or vice versa.

Anyway, I would try and find as many different people who have Puggles as you can so you can find out more about the results of crossing these breeds, and also do an online search.

All the best,
Jo

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Dog project for school

Question:

How can I make a dog from recycled things without using anything other than the recycled things for my school project?

Answer:

Several ideas come to mind:

  • Create something out of newspaper and masking tape. Remember, you can crumple up the paper for the body and head and roll it for the legs. Then just cover with another layer of newspaper or paper from a grocery bag and use a marker, buttons or felt for the eyes, mouth and nose. If you aren't allowed to use tape, make a flour paste using water and flour to serve as a glue.

  • Use old carpet. Cut it into a dog shape with a carpet knife (or have someone do it for you).

  • Take several old socks and rags or plastic bags. For the head, use a sock and stuff the toe with the rags or bags. For the body, use a longer sock and stuff it. Use pieces of sock for ears. Sew everything together with a piece of reused yarn or string. You can use sticks for the legs and tails, or sticks inside socks to keep the theme (will need to wrap them with yarn or string.


Those are just some ideas to get you started. Anyone have any other ideas? - please share!

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Orginal Dog Cart

Question:

I have an original Swiss dog cart passed down through the family to me. I have no need for it, but it seems a shame for a piece of history to be lost. Any ideas if there are collectors or museums for these?



Answer:

That sounds wonderful, and certainly something that would interest a museum, if they have room. I imagine there is probably a collector out there somewhere too. I would suggest you ask the curator at your local museum or else a reference librarian first. They would probably know where to find information about collectors or specialized museums if a search on the Web does not help you.

Another possibility would be the televised Antiques Road Show, if that is still ongoing.

Visitors - please comment if you have any suggestions or additional information.


P.S. Do you have any photos to add to this question? We'd love to publish them - just submit them under another question and we can merge it with this post.

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Roofing For The dog House

by Julissa Ellis
(Covington, GA)


Question:

I'm having problem understanding how to put together the roof on the dog house.. I'm in part III, can you please send me a picture of how it's suppose to look like. Also what is the 12"x96" shown in drawing sheet 1?? Please Help!!

Answer:

Julissa, I am working on some better drawings and instructions and should have those within the week. Thank you for pointing out that clarification is needed.

The 12"x96" is to be cut up into strips that are 4"x24" wide. These will cover exposed seams. If you had an extra sheet of plywood, you could use that for the roof and would not need near as many pieces. However, I was trying to limit the design to maximize use of two sheets.

(This doghouse was completed five years ago when I was just learning how to create drawings for this site. We were in the middle of selling our house and moving into a travel trailer and, unfortunately, I did not get photos of the roof before we left - the doghouse stayed behind... Trying to remember what I did back then has been an interesting exercise!) Jo

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