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mushpuppy

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2006 :  10:34:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit mushpuppy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have a few pictures thanks to a previous post, but I am looking for more specifics such as:

suggested materials to build one
dimensions - overall height, arm length, etc.
motorized vs. non-motorized
lower style vs. raised style

That's all that I can think of for now. I have an engineer helping me, but I've never seen one in person and he's not a musher...
Thanks!!

Snow Angel Racing
Houghton, Upper MI
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mushpuppy

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2006 :  12:02:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit mushpuppy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hello!, hello!, hello!
Is anybody out there!, out there!, out there!


Snow Angel Racing
Houghton, Upper MI
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Shawn

USA
522 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2006 :  12:22:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shawn's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well since no one else has responded I will give you my one sided feelings. I had one. It was a modified Horse walker. I hooked up as many as 10 dogs at a time it had a variable speed motor it was the higher type. It was nice when I had my first back operation since i could exercise the dogs with minimal effort on my part. I hooked a soaker hose to it so when the dogs were moving they would also get water running on them to cool them somewhat. That being said. If you are healthy and can exercise the dogs during the off season I personally feel in my few acre pen the dogs get more exercise just chasing each other and chasing a ball or maybe a daring bird . This year even some of new yearlings have taken to catching butterflies. Now thats exercise. I have seen many people with them,and some just sit there not in use for years. Others swear by them. Good Luck/

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Deb Thompson

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 06/03/2006 :  12:20:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check out this Doggie Hamster Wheel:

http://home.comcast.net/~floridamusher/index.html

You gotta see the video!

Deb T.
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mushpuppy

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2006 :  09:03:34 AM  Show Profile  Visit mushpuppy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Shawn, thanks for your input. I am looking for something for hunting season, when we are not allowed to run ATVs until after dark. Since it is in November, I cant just take the month off. I have no problem running after dark, just makes for long days when you get up at 4 am to feed before work. I personally think that a pool is better, but temps are getting pretty low during that time.
Hamster wheel is neat, but not quite what I'm looking for.
Anybody else?.....

Snow Angel Racing
Houghton, Upper MI
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Dennis Waite

USA
153 Posts

Posted - 06/06/2006 :  05:48:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Dennis Waite's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ok, so I watched the "doggie hamster wheel" video, and I have the same question mushpuppy asked: how about some specifics? Where did the Floridamusher get his basic wheel? The framing looks fairly uncomplicated (2x12 cross beams on 4x4 uprights posted in concrete, 2" galvinized pipe as the axle). The specifics needed are 1) what source or supplier did may I obtain the wheel frame, 2) what material is the running surface and how is it attached, 3) what type and size of bearing sleeve is used for the axle?


Dennis Waite
Phoenix Consultation
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Deb Thompson

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 06/07/2006 :  11:22:20 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am in the process of trying to obtain the information. Will let you know.

Deb T.
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mushpuppy

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 06/22/2006 :  11:23:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit mushpuppy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Any luck yet Deb?
Thanks!

Snow Angel Racing
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Deb Thompson

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 06/25/2006 :  11:23:47 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well, this is the story. He first saw the Woofer Hoofer (as he calls it) on Martin Buser's site. He contacted Martin to find out how to build one. Basically Martin's reply can be summed up, If you can't figure it out yourself, you don't need to build one. Well, this sounded kind of harsh, but Sam was not deterred. He got a large cable spool for underground electrical cable and successfully built one. He sent the video of it to Martin who gave him some suggestions on improving the side rods. However, what Sam discovered was, if you can't figure it out, then you don't need to build one. The reason being, they are dangerous to build, very heavy (500 lbs.) and if something goes wrong you can get hurt; so neither Martin, nor Sam are interested in giving instructions on building something like this where it is possible to get hurt and also since there is a liability factor. It is strictly dog-powered, no motor. But I am sure he would e-mail you back and forth about it. Sam is not on this list. However, I also found this which is dog-powered and looks like it could be fairly inexpensively purchased or duplicated if you were crafty:

http://www.colbypitbull.com/treadmil.htm

The dogs look like they are having fun on the video. I have seen some dogs get obsessive/compulsive about it like mice do on a hamster wheel. However, since it is made of wood, I wouldn't want to leave it out or it would be a chew toy.

Deb T.


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mushpuppy

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2006 :  11:44:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit mushpuppy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Well, although the doggie treadmill is amusing, I am still only interested in the carousel. I do appreciate your info though! Thanks!
So I am wondering, why are some of them motorized? Is it just so that the dogs cant go too fast or is there some other reason?

Snow Angel Racing
Houghton, Upper MI
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Deb Thompson

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2006 :  3:10:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Are you talking about treadmills? If so, for conditioning you want to set a steady pace---like if you were jogging. Some dogs get on it and want to run as hard and as fast as they can, but that is not the idea. You just want a nice steady pace to build the cardio-vascular system, and keep the body in tone. Great way of exercising on those nasty weather days and of keeping a dog in shape if he is an athelete and you can't always get him out/cross-training.

Deb T.
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Deb Thompson

USA
54 Posts

Posted - 06/29/2006 :  3:11:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It also gets/keeps a dog moving that might otherwise just stand there.

Deb T.
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mushpuppy

USA
313 Posts

Posted - 06/30/2006 :  08:40:37 AM  Show Profile  Visit mushpuppy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Mike, I'll see if I can find them!
For anyone that is interested, I have found a site that has hound walkers and it has some of the specifications, that may help with the building of one, on the site as well. It is www.hotwalkers.com. Either buying one new or even building one is probably more of an investment than I can make at this time.
I don't have any trails behind my house and have to truck the dogs about 8 miles to my parent's trails when it is time to run. That is a lot of work for when we are just running a few miles in the beginning so that is another reason that I am looking into this. I would prefer free-running if I could...

Snow Angel Racing
Houghton, Upper MI
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JM Belanger

Canada
39 Posts

Posted - 05/26/2013 :  05:22:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.mushing.com/articles/content.php?vw=2,,6,652
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