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Old 12-10-2010, 01:38 PM
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16 years ago I had trouble with my first Dachshund... I'd let her outside and then either had to check on her multiple times later to see if she wanted to come back in or leave the door ajar so she could push the door open and come on in on her own..Then I'd have to get up and close the door behind her...
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Then, being lazy and 'bout half clever I whooped up this little electric doggie door..And have taught every dog since to use it.. Each of our 4 dogs let themselves in and out many times each day..
It amounts to a 12 volt gear motor pulling a string to open the door.. When new pup gets caught in the closing door the string merely slips on the motor pulley .Cant hurt the dog , though its a lesson that they only need one chance to learn that consequence..Only this blind pup has gotten pinched in the door more than once and it barely got him that second time.. Watch the video to see Archie Magoo , my blind weener dog let himself in and out..

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Old 12-10-2010, 01:41 PM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3yI5FQ6a6w
Second video, this time from outside
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:09 PM
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Now that is just too cool!
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:17 PM
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Now that is just too cool!
Thankyou 1911Man . it is the most used , most fun contraption I ever cobbled together.. I keep an extra control board and relays and 555 timers ..and have worn out the brushs in two motors..Recently installed new brushs in that second motor to get more use of it....And the string only lasts 5 or 6 months on average...I've had to work on the doggie door a lot .. I wouldnt say its been especially reliable but it is fun.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:29 PM
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That is pretty trick, my cuz might borrow your idea for his blind pup if ya don't mind. BTW the third doxie through the door resembles my BIL's Chillidog, he was way over weight, as was my doxie Dollie unfortunately both are chasing cats upstairs. Again neat idea.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:36 PM
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It is kind of neat.
But I have to say I think it suffers from an “over engineering” of the problem.

Mine is just a store bought, two way swinging, flap with matching magnets at the bottom of the flap and the frame hole bottom.
Stays closed in any wind we have had, but even the small cat can push it open.
It has been there 20 years with no maintenance.
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:46 PM
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LeonS Yes our 6 year old weener Deena is morbidly obese.. Eating is her passion , is impossible to keep her away from the other dogs feed bowl... Recently I built the wood ramp to the right of the steps so Deena didnt have to jump up and down the steps..
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A regular doggie door is all thats required and much less bother than this setup.... This door breaks down I got to stop whatever I am doing and fix it.. When I kick off wife will replace it with a regular doggie door 'cause she wouldnt know how to fix this one when it craps out....But while I am around I like it..These little dogs push the button to look outside and push it again when door starts to close and over and over and over keeping it open to see whats happening outside..Comical until it gets on my nerves..
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:52 PM
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It is kind of neat.
But I have to say I think it suffers from an “over engineering” of the problem.

Mine is just a store bought, two way swinging, flap with matching magnets at the bottom of the flap and the frame hole bottom.
Stays closed in any wind we have had, but even the small cat can push it open.
It has been there 20 years with no maintenance.
Suffers from over engineering? Civility prevents me from saying what I think about you..You should keep those kinds of comments to yourself.I am just sharing . .hmmm .....
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Old 12-10-2010, 02:53 PM
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Very cool. I need to do something similar but I've been too lazy.
Over the years my dogs have destroyed 4 of those rubber ones that kbs is talking about. They all have developed the habit of diving through it. The magnets do not keep the flap closed in our wind. I even built a little chute/shed on the outside to help deflect the wind. Right now I have a heavy towel screwed to the inside wall to help cover the hole.
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Thats neat, LOL very good!!!
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