Fine tuning the Casita (dog project)

Our first journey to Pagosa Riverside Campground identified another small project I needed to do.

All campgrounds require pets to be under the owner control. ‘Under control’ means more than a leash. Campground rules state that animals are not to be left unattended. In other words, animals can’t be left inside an RV while the owner is elsewhere.

I have three leases. I also have four 15-foot long leads. However, while at the campground, I erected an exercise fence. I only had two sections. I used the Casita for one side.

camp-dog barrier

Don’t let their placid posture fool you. They are just waiting until my back is turned and they will leap into action and wiggle beneath the Casita in a flash.

I suspected this and placed the chair next to the Casita… hoping it was enough to keep them contained.

It wasn’t.

It was the first time I used the exercise pens. Brand new, they came in a box. I used the box as a barrier. It did help to fill in the hole. However, Bernie simply nosed aside the end of the exercise pen and walked free.

I recognized as long as I was in the campground I wasn’t going anywhere without the dogs. That was the situation while at Pagosa Riverside Campground.

Rain during the night and spotty rain continuing during the next day turned our campsite into mud.

I’d talked to the folks and gotten enough information. I decided to leave and come back to Arizona’s warm sun and dry weather.

Back home, I built a dog barrier to keep both dogs contained in the exercise pen. I kept it simple. A basic wood frame with lap joints. Lap joints are extremely strong and interlock.

The RV resort where I live has an extensive woodshop. I used their workspace and tools to cut and glue the wood.

Here is a photo of the finished lap joint cuts being glued up. I just stacked them on top of each other to save workspace.

frame glue-up

I let the glue dry overnight. Early the next morning I brought the frames home. I put two coats of paint to protect the raw wood.

ACE hardware had screen fabric. I cut and stapled it to the frames.

 dog barrier The background shows my actual home dog exercise fence. The light dog barrio screen doesn’t show up well. Each frame is 17 ½ inches tall and four feet long. Together they span from the Casita tire to the front of the Casita.

The end of the exercise fence wraps behind the front door, effectively cutting off Bernie and Chris’s escape route.

At least that’s the plan. I have had multiple failures when it comes to containing both Bernie and Chris. They like their freedom.

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