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Old 10-11-2014, 09:38 PM   #29
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Came out today to find her digging and kicking back dirt at a fever pitch. Snuffling and snorting and sniffing at the edge under the rim.

One too many digs and snorts and whoosh! Out ran the chipmunk that she had "treed" under the rim! She went ballistic I thought she would have a coronary.

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LOL you have to love the antics! My last dog actually caught a squirrel one day! Don't know if he was more surprised by that or I was. He was a fairly stocky lab so not to fast a runner & had been chasing squirrels for years with no luck. This squirrel made the mistake of going down a hole that wasn't very deep. I will never forget the look on his face when he came up with the squirrel in his mouth! The squirrels tail was whacking him across the face and it was chirping away and using its front legs to scratch the other side of his face. He had a what the heck do I do now? look on his face. he was trained at field work so he had what we call a soft mouth (wouldn't bite down on birds he retrieved) so I don't think he was actually hurting it. I told him to drop it & he did and it took off fast with him in hot pursuit again!
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:22 AM   #30
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Some of the things that I find while out beachcombing are old, beaten up lobster pots/traps. Some are made of square wire mesh, coated with what seems to be a [soft] plastic. I have re-cycled pieces of these to a variety of uses including camper fridge shelves & furnace guards to keep the dog's coat away from the grill. Similar grills are available commercially.
A heavier grill-type mesh, screwed on to your screen door would allow for air flow but keep the dog from punching through the screen.
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Old 10-12-2014, 07:46 AM   #31
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Hi All,
Carol I love your story about your lab. I think if Katrina caught a squirrel ever she would react in a similar way. "OK, uh, now I've got him, what do I do now?" Ha Ha! The closest she's ever got was one time she bolted out the door before I had a chance to hook her up to the running lead I have, and immediately began hot pursuit on the end of a rabbit's tail. I think her nose got close enough to sniff the posterior end, but alas, those bunnies are indeed swift!
I have been thinking all night (do you smell wood burning?) I really like the idea of the D ring/cargo utility anchors and have been postulating how one of those screen door protectors might work in my situation. Here's some things I know about my dog when she sees a varmint:
1. She barks non-stop, whines, paces and otherwise makes a nuisance of herself
2. She jumps up on whatever surface she sees the squirrel through and she is big when outstretched and her nails are sharp, despite trimming them.

So...when considering the screen door protector, anything like a baby gate on rubber tension/compression ends wouldn't work because she would jump up and push the little rubber ends away from the surface and that would be the end of it. IF she were to jump up full height, a baby gate would be too short and her nails would still do damage to the screen door.

I was just thinking about the mounting/screwing on of something to protect the door as Scouter Dave said, but then...how would you open/close the screen door? As we know, it is a bi-fold door that folds in upon itself. Can anybody think of some type of temporary anchoring/joining system whereby in the morning, it could be removed? OR...something that would be thin enough, come in two panels (the two, bi-fold screens are separated by an aluminium stile) that would allow the screen door to close all the time with the protection in place?

It would be great if the dog could be free at night, but the D ring/anchor on a decent length of leash is also not a cruel treatment. So long as she could do her "turn around, scratchy, nesty, turn around, find a good spot, settle down" routine.
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I thought about doing something to the screen door, too. I was thinking of the perforated aluminum sheets that people used to put on their screen doors at home for the same reason. However, I don't think the folding screen frame itself in Scamp's design is strong enough to withstand a larger dog, say, putting its paws against it. If you made something that spanned the full width of the door and attached it somehow to the wooden frame around the screen door, it might work. Plastic-coated hardware cloth would be just the thing for it, too. Didn't know there was such a thing. You'd have to remove it to open the screen door, and store it somewhere during the day...

Still think the riser is the best place for a D-ring. You'd never step on it.
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If you also put your dog on a shorter lead (3ft) while hooked up for the night near the back dinette bed, she won't be able to get as much momentum going to pull out the D-ring either. She can also reach to crawl under the bed if she wants to. This would gives her as much room to move as if she was in a crate.
With the shorter lead, if you decide to sleep with the door open, she cant get near the screen door either to damage it.
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Dogs learn very quickly where the end of their tether is! You could even put a spring between the leash and the D-ring to act as a shock absorber.
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Thank you Pam and Jon. Jon, I've been searching Home Depot for things to occlude the door, such as a baby gate idea. Read on other RV forums of people using plexi glass that they use industrial velcro with to adhese to the door wood frame, as you mentioned earlier. I think the D ring makes most sense and yes...one a perfect length tether to allow her to move around, but short enough that she can't reach the door...maybe just come into the dropped, kitchen galley area, and then back in under the dinette bed if she chooses.

Jon...the spring? If you get any time today, might you do a google search to show me what you are thinking? I'm going to head out today to look at SS hardware for the D ring. Weather is cool but beautiful and perfect day to work.
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I think that the D ring has to be placed on the rear, wood floor. Here's why: on the riser, although very strong, she couldn't be on almost any length of leash, as she'd be able to reach that screen door in no time. By placing D ring/cargo anchor on wood floor at back of dinette bed area, she could crawl in and out of there for a bed, and have just enough leash to let her sleep in kitchen galley area, without being able to reach the screen door. These are my thoughts, knowing the space in the trailer is short/small. She'd have to be leashed so short if I hook up to the dinette riser that it would defeat the purpose of allowing her a bit of freedom, while securing her from reaching that door area.

I do like the spring idea very much...the shock absorbing effect of it might protect her from the dreaded YANK on her collar when seeing critters.

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Also if D ring is far enough back in dinette floor probably won't pose too much of a problem for stepping on especially since bed is down most of the time.


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I used Velcro to attach two sheets of plexiglass to the bottom of each bi-fold screen door. The door then operates as intended, no need to store the plexiglass, but they can be easily removed to clean. My almost-100-pound squirrel-chaser never touched it. Seems he knows he can see through windows but cannot physically get through. He is not a jumper though.
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When we first took our Chow/Shepherd mix out we were concerned about the screen door, too.

Craig bought a baby gate and extended it almost full length and braced it against the wood frame of the screen door. This way it went from top to bottom with no way for her to jump over it.

He had considered some kind of fasteners...like wing nuts, I think...to keep her from popping it out, but the gate itself looked enough boundary to her that it turned out not to be necessary.

Mayhap that would work for your pooch as well and you'd not have to worry about breakage of the FG itself.

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Slight correction: he does press his nose to the plexiglass, leaving a fair amount of nose slobber there! :-)
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I think that the D ring has to be placed on the rear, wood floor. Here's why: on the riser, although very strong, she couldn't be on almost any length of leash, as she'd be able to reach that screen door in no time. By placing D ring/cargo anchor on wood floor at back of dinette bed area, she could crawl in and out of there for a bed, and have just enough leash to let her sleep in kitchen galley area, without being able to reach the screen door. These are my thoughts, knowing the space in the trailer is short/small. She'd have to be leashed so short if I hook up to the dinette riser that it would defeat the purpose of allowing her a bit of freedom, while securing her from reaching that door area.
See your point on that. Not sure she'd really have any more freedom either way; from the riser she could move in two directions. About the spring… I'd probably just look around at HD or Ace… I'd want to feel the stiffness of the wire. Even some kind of sturdy bungee-type device might work. My dog trainer recommended it when we tether to a tie out. Probably not so important here because we're talking about a very short leash in a confined space.
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I am considering putting something like a Baby Door Safety Lock on the top of my screen door frame. It did not take my pup long to figure out that all he had to do was push a little on the middle of the screen door to get it to open.

There is also a Slide Lok that goes on the top of Bi Folding Doors that may do the trick as well.
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