Not quite in the workshop... #15: New puppy, fences, and making space in the shop...

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-21-2010 05:45 PM 1382 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Funny thing is, I wasn’t really looking for a puppy. I was thinking if I get another dog, I want to adopt an adult dog. None of this putting up with the chewing on everything stage etc… But the puppy more or less found us… Sooo…

Fence line is levelled, and post holes are marked. Deck still needs to be cleaned, and materials transferred to back yard (this week). And then… Saturday is coming…

This upcoming Saturday, I am borrowing a friend and his auger (note to self, get fresh load of gas / Sta-bil), and we are going to double / triple check the hole locations, then start punching holes, and then setting and levelling posts…

I have the bench top done for LOML’s reclaimed PT and cedar potting bench for the yard. Built sort of like a picnic table top. Nice and solid, not super even but who cares? The purpose behind this bench is to get flower pots, and worm poop fertilizer OUT of my shop…

Now this cedar base for this bench, is the very same base that is presently doing duty as my workbench base. I decided for hand planing, cedar is WAY too light. I found a REALLY easy to follow, and solid looking plan on Shop Notes for the base, and instead of the long table saw cut dadoes of the FWW plan, I am going to quick & dirty the new one with simple biscuit slots where I want the top hold downs. Yes I will experiment with this some first.

Well.. So much to do with only so much time, and money. I can reclaim lumber all day long, but the problem sometimes is how much of that all day long do I really have? Oh well, get it squeezed in there where I can…

Of course I have to train a puppy too… Anyone have suggestions for training the fear of strange noises out of a pup? I want him in the shop with me when its safe…

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#1 posted 06-21-2010 06:46 PM

Left a note on your picture post of the pup.

I am betting you don’t have to do a thing. But if you have to, might bring the dog in while a machine is running, sit down and pet and play with it a bit. After a bit the dog will assoiciate good things with the shop and the machines there. Tie it up at first so you don’t have to discipline it in the shop. Better yet, might be wise to teach the dog to stay first, and have a bed and toys in the corner somewhere. It is just a matter of associating good things with the shop and the noises.

......oh…....and while you are sitting petting the dog, while you have a few machines turned on just idling, cuss up a storm so that dog gets used to that too…..........(-:

Alaska Jim

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#2 posted 06-21-2010 06:48 PM

We need to see some pictures of your project…actually I want to see the puppy.
I would say acclimatizing the pup to the noises works best ….ie start small and work up slowly.
Some dogs just can’t handle noises though, kills me to see people bring dogs to fireworks displays for eg.
Good luck :)

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 06-21-2010 06:48 PM

I would try to do what he likes to do near the shop vac when its running. Food and play. But start small and build up slowly over time. Unless it has a low speed, and maybe even then, the shop vac is probably too loud and scary to start with so instead maybe something not so loud like a small vac from the house or a drill press. The rule of thumb is that if you spend 15 minutes a day, every day, you can train a dog to do just about anything.

But then I have a German Shepherd that does not like flashlights or cameras, and a black lab that does not like going in the garage at all, so what do I know?

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#4 posted 06-21-2010 06:57 PM


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#5 posted 06-21-2010 08:35 PM

The puppy thread is here with a photo and everything…

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 02:24 AM

Thanks, he is a cutey

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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