Modifying our homes
Reduce jumping, no more stairs, and training them NOT to fly
Indoor and Outdoor Ramps
Teaching your dog:
1- Ramp Training for the IVDD Community
2- No sitting up or standing on back legs
3- Keep all four paws on the ground
Best place for our IVDD dogs – the floor
How do you feel about sitting on the floor? On the floor, you don’t have to worry about the doorbell, doorbell on the TV, the passing UPS truck, the bird that flew by, or the squirrel they saw through the window that will cause them to leap or fly from any height to rush to the threat or prey. So, the best place for our fur kids is on the floor. And believe it or not, the floor can actually be a comfy, cozy place. Take as many egg-crate mattress toppers as you think will be comfy (3 work well) or a 4-inch memory foam mattress topper and cover it with a quilt, comforter, or blanket. Throw lots of pillows and blankets on top and, voila, you’ve created a comfy, cozy, human/doxie den. (When the weather turns cold, light a fire in the fireplace, get yourself a big mug of hot cocoa with extra chocolate shaved on top, and indulge yourself in a wonderful winter’s eve highlighted by dachshund snuggling.)
▷Their Own Special Place On the Floor
▷Creating No-Fly Zones
▷Block Off Furniture
- ▼ DIY FURNITURE BLOCKERS INSTRUCTIONS
DIY Furniture Blockers
submitted by Tracey Gillespie
I can’t take credit as this idea was suggested to me by another Dodgerslist member, Beverly Phillips. I just modified her instructions to suit my needs, which is what anyone else should do. This may seem like a lot of steps, but it is actually quite easy to assemble. I did not use PVC glue because I want to be able to take mine apart. All materials cost me around $20 for 3 frames that block both sofa and loveseat. Of course, I went to the hardware store so they would cut the pipes for me. Although they did not charge for the cuts, I am sure that you can probably buy cheaper from a lumber company.
My sofa blocker is made in the shape of a rectangle that is about 6″ higher than the couch. The bottom has arms or supports attached so that it will stand up and these slide under the couch. If I want to sit down, I simply move one of the blockers to the side and sit. If I want to let the dogs up on the couch, I just pick them up and let them lay there with me. They do not attempt to jump down because they are blocked.
For each frame you will need
Six pieces of 1/2″ pvc pipe cut to fit (I had the hardware store cut for me)
• Two (2-way) non-threaded 90° elbows
• Two (3-way) 90° elbows (I bought with 2 ends unthreaded and 1 end threaded so I could remove arms for storage.
• 2 adaptors (from threaded to non-threaded…but you will not need these if you use non-threaded 3-ways)
• 2 end caps (optional – I have wood flooring and wanted to protect it from being scratched by the cut ends of the pvc)
• Fabric – I used a twin size sheet for each. Any fabric can be used, just remember to measure enough for both sides of the slipcover.*Self-Adhesive velcro or fabric glue (If you do not sew. I sewed mine)
Instructions for each blocker:
• 1 Measure the length of the area you want to block. I made 2 blockers for my sofa, one for each sofa cushion length (see sofa picture) and one for the loveseat (see loveseat picture). For length, measure the length between legs underneath sofa (the blockers need room to slide under sofa). If making two blockers, divide this number by 2. I also subtracted 1/2″ from each side of pvc length to allow for elbows. You will need two pipes for length for each blocker.
• 2 Measure the height of the area you want to block. I measured from floor to top of cushion and then added another 7 inches. You will need two pipes for height for each blocker.
• 3 Measure the length for the arms (supports) I used the same size as height. You will need two pipes for arms for each blocker.
• 4 Arrange 2 pipe lengths and 2 pipe heights into a rectangle on the floor. Connect top pipe lengths to pipe heights with a 2 way 90° elbow on each side. (See corner
• 5 Connect bottom pipe length to pipe heights with a 3 way 90° elbow with threaded end (if used) facing out. (See floor corner picture). Threaded end is not necessary but was all I could find. If you can find non-threaded, then you do not need the adaptors.
• 6 Only if threaded ends are used: Attach adaptor with threaded end to 3 way 90° elbow.
• 7 Connect arm length to adaptor or to 3 way without adaptor if using non-threaded.
• 8 Attach end caps to ends of arms.
• 9 Measure the length and height of the finished rectangle frame. Add 1″ to both
measurements for seams. Double the measurement for the height. Fold in half and sew 2 seams of 1/2″ on each side. Hem bottom (optional). Slip over frame and slide under couch. *The fabric can also be attached with fabric glue or velcro.