Our mini dogwalk has served us well over

the years but there comes a time when you
have to stop replacing bits and making
running repairs. We decided to put it out to
grass and make a new one.
The new design is quite a posh affair. Here
it is in the raw before it's been painted. It's
about 28" to 29" high. The ramps are 6ft
long and the central section is 4ft long so
it's quite compact and is fairly easy to
make.

The trestle legs are hinged at the top using strap hinges. If you don't want to go to the trouble of making trestles you can buy builders trestles or get a pair of saw horses from somewhere like B&Q or Homebase. I wanted mine to be fairly heavy as we live in a windy county where normal equipment can get blown over. . The legs are made from 50mm X 75mm timber and the cross pieces are made from bits that I had handy. I can then use chain to string between the legs of each the trestles so that they open up to exactly the right width.For this design I decided to make the trestles from timber. When the dog walk is painted and it's ready to set up I'll adjust the height of the trestles so that the whole thing is about 28 to 30" high. Mine taper inwards towards the top.

I asked the DIY man to cut these sheets into 12" wide strips so that I had four bits of ply measuring 4' X 1'. The slats are just cut from a length of moulding. This meant attaching two pieces of ply to frames made up from 25mm X 50mm timber. The top was built on a similar framework and this is shown below. . The ramps are 6 feet long and the top of the dog walk is four feet long. More details and photos are shown further down the page. The man was very nice about it considering it was Sunday afternoon and he wanted to pack up and go home.For the top of the dog walk and the ramps I bought two sheets of 4' X 2' 19mm exterior ply. I have also made a second central section which is eight feet long so that I can have a longer dog walk if needed.

These are strong hinges meant for hanging doors and they have a steel pin that can be withdrawn from the hinge so that it comes apart. Further down the page you'll find the modification I used to join the ramp to the central section. . I thought this idea was good for making dog walks and it has been used by other people. Shown right is one end of the top of the dog walk. We used this arrangement for a few months but it was quite fiddly getting the rod to slip into the hinges. Below left is a top view of the ramp joined to the top of the dog walk. The hinges aren't really meant to be jumped on by big hairy dogs.The ramps and the top were joined together using loose pin hinges. I bent the ends to make handles. I had to make an insert to fill the gap! To join up the hinges I discarded the steel pins and used a metre of steel rod cut in half. I used a couple of bolts on each side of each half of the hinge to strengthen the arrangement.

Sasha has been keeping a close watch on activities on the other side of the gate. If she watches just long enough she might catch a passing postman or an unwary cat may venture into the garden. This has made a firm joint between the ramp and the top and it has the advantage that the dogwalk can easily be dismantled and moved or stored in the shed. Jamie has been working on an escape tunnel. This is located beside the garden shed and is veering towards the stone hedge at the back . Now all I have to do is to paint it.Here's the hinge handle pushed through the slots in the loose pin hinge. The whole operation was closely supervised by Jamie and Sasha but they did have a few diversions.

deck paint coated with anti-slip granules. Before I put the dog walk together I put one of the ramps in the garden to let Sasha . Other things you can use are. Did he really think I wouldn't notice the enormous hole that he's dug in the compost heap? Having made the dog walk it then had to painted. I mixed in a bit of fine sand which I sieved with a fine sieve. or use non slip yacht or floor paint. Mine had to have a good wash afterwards and I didn't tell the OH. I used gloss for the trestles.of the garden. CooVar Sure Grip paint which is expensive but good. The top had to be painted with non slip paint and there are several things you can use for this. If you use the one from the kitchen which is meant for sifting flour it works really well. This was quite a big job. undersides and the sides. The contacts I did in white. I used gloss undercoat with a bit of blue gloss added to give it some colour.

A plentiful supply of tea.and Jamie test it out for grip. .. ... First Sasha has a go Then Jamie has a go and Jamie gets and Sasha watches to jealous make sure he gets the contact.and finally we Then they both want musn't forget the sweeties for being most important bit of good dogs all.

This year (2011) I decided to extend the garden dog walk and I've added some pics below. . I found this much easier to set up but you do need to push down on the ramps to make sure that everything is stable. I pushed some coach bolts into the hinge slots on the top section of the dog walk so that the brackets could just slip over the top.Update: After we'd used the dog walk few times I got fed up with trying to thread the hinge handle through the bolts to hold the ramps in place. I decided to replace the hinges and hinge handle with some right angled brackets.

Although the metal supports required for competition-style agility dog walks might require skilled cutting or soldering. Have a question? Get an answer from a veterinarian now! Other People Are Reading  How to Build an A-Frame for Dog Agility  How to Walk Your Dog Using a Treadmill Things You'll Need        Four 1-1/4-inch PVC pipes. 10-foot lengths 32 1-1/4-inch PVC tees PVC pipe cutter or hand saw Ramps and walk planks Two boards.How to Build Your Own Agility Dog Walk Equipment By Jo Chester. the average dog owner can construct this practice dog walk in a single weekend. this PVC version of dog walk supports requires no specialized skills or tools. 12 inches x 2 inches x 12 feet 1 piece of lumber. two contrasting colors Sandbox sand Nails Screws Circular saw Screwdriver . Much to our dogs' good fortune.1 inch x 2 inches x 10 feet 3-inch hinges       Paint. the dog walk intimidates many dogs. eHow Contributor   Share   33   Tweet   Stumble   Share 40 Found This Helpful Consisting of two uprights and three long planks that form a 4-foot-tall runway.

and 24 8-inch lengths. o 1 Cut the PVC pipe into eight 20-inch lengths. with four tee openings facing what will be the inside of the structure. o 2 Assemble the supports. o 6 . Using a 20-inch piece of PVC. using 8-inch sections of PVC in both tees at one end. o 4 Attach another tee to the free end of each of the 8-inch lengths. Make two of these units.es/Curso+Educador+Canino o 3 Secure an 8-inch length of PVC in each opening of the tees on one unit. You should have a unit that resembles a two-rung ladder. eight 12-inch lengths. short-legged capital "H" in front of you. connect two tees at the center hole. Cut one of the 12-foot boards into two 6-foot lengths. You should have something that looks like a wide. Infórmate Ahora y Obtén Tu Título! ised. o 5 Connect the second 20-inch unit to the "H" frame. Hammer Instructions 1. o Sponsored Links  Curso Educador Canino Nuestros Alumnos si Trabajan. Make four support sides to form two support units. The tee should be connected at the side opening. with the center opening rotated upward. The cut should be at a 45-degree angle to allow the board to rest evenly on the floor or ground.

using sanded surfaces or those with slats attached as a guide.ehow. Attach both of the shorter boards to the longer boards. ending 2 feet from the top of the board.com/how_5541146_build-agility-dog-walkequipment. measure and mark a horizontal line 12 inches from the bottom. As an alternative. 2. angling the ramps at a gradual slope with the slats facing upward. Starting at the angled end of the board.html . use the contrasting color to paint the two-foot section. o 9 After the boards have dried. o 10 Put the dog walk supports approximately 8 to 9 feet apart on a level surface. Nail or screw the first of the five sections to each of the shorter boards at 9-inch intervals. Measure an area 2 feet from the bottom of each shorter board. Paint the long board entirely with the darker color. Sprinkle the top of the boards with sand to create a rough surface for traction. Paint the 4-foot section of board in the darker color. Make the top of each nail or screw either flush with the top of the sections or slightly recessed. turn all of the boards face down. Nail or screw two hinges at each of the ends of the long board. Paint the boards with a second coat after the first coat has dried. leaving the angled ends free. sand can be mixed directly into the paint.Use four 12-inch lengths to connect two sides to form one support. Sponsored Links Read more : http://www. Place the top plank between the 12-inch sections of PVC. You've completed your dog walk. o 8 Give the boards a first coat of paint. Your support should be a rectangle that stands roughly 30 inches tall. Cut the 10-foot stud into 10 1-foot sections. When completed. the plank forming the horizontal portion of the walk will rest on the 12-inch crosspieces. o 7 Prepare the boards.

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