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Blog entry by piper posted 06-09-2008 10:16 PM 1398 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m thinking about building a dog cart for my two overly energetic best friends. They are both over a hundred pounds. I’ve heard it is a very good way to get them the exercise they need and from reading many dogs really enjoy it. However I have only been able to find plans for modifying wagons or making them of PVC. I know dog carts have been around for centuries. I have just not had any luck looking for plans. Any help would be appreciated

-- piper

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 12:05 AM

I found this…it’s not plans but you might be able to make one from the photos..


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#2 posted 06-10-2008 02:06 AM

Just take 2 wheels and some lumber, cut away all the lumber that isn’t a cart, and screw it together.

I have plans for a sled somewhere, but no carts. I would start with a Gentle Leader harness, and work my way back. The Gentle Leader would at least keep their spped in check, especially if they were trained on one.

If I put a cart on my 135 lb. goof, I would find it floating down the Grand River, with the dog attached, in fairly short order. I hope your guys are better trained than mine!

-- The only easy wood project is a fire

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 05:35 AM

I have the same problems with a couple of siberians .. think I would want good brakes, as they LOVE to run and being in the city, might not be the best idea.

there is a dearth of plans, might try starting with a pair of front forks, and some how clamp the tubes.

My female the (one to the rt in avatar) wont let you handle front feet, so cant get harness on her yet. she has been doing some better, will have to give her another try

if your balance is better than mine might look into
ooh something new has been added check out the 3 wheel recumbent bike option!

for other ideas google for bike trailers, some may be adaptable. I have seen several of these,-$30-for-pa/ around campus and they seem surprisingly sturdy. This was built at Hampshire College

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#4 posted 06-11-2008 01:21 AM

Whew, for a minute there I thought you were making the cart to pull the dogs around because they are too big. LOL, try the wikipedia website, they seem to have an answer for everything.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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