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Old 05-11-2016, 12:14 AM   #1
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Crittergate design

Whilst pondering on a method to keep 3 dogs off the bed both while we sleep and when we aren't in the trailer I decided to use a screened room divider approach. The 3 panels are built with plastic (of course) and hinged; one pic defends the bed while we're gone (taken from the rear of the trailer) and the other (shot from the bed end) contains the critters in the kitchen/dinette are but allows access to the bath at night in our 21.

Ends are secured by butting up to the projections of the doors/drawers.
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Old 05-11-2016, 12:22 AM   #2
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It's important that the dogs have access to the bathroom whilst you're away from the trailer.

This reminds me of when my husband and I had a miniature schnauzer. He would wait until he thought we were asleep at night and then jump up on the bed at the bottom. He would pause and then tip-toe up between us, lie down, and sigh. He wasn't fooling anyone. We loved it.
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That would have never kept any of ours off of the bed. It would be down in a minute! You may need another plan.. Keeping dogs off bed: rather impossible. Keeping cats off bed: impossible.
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I've been thinking more about a ways to keep my 3 beasts ON the bed in my new 17B, meaning making more wall space to push them against... My brain is in the process of configuring a "bed rail" which I can also mount a small flip-up table on to increase counter space. We'll see where this goes...
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That would have never kept any of ours off of the bed. It would be down in a minute! You may need another plan.. Keeping dogs off bed: rather impossible. Keeping cats off bed: impossible.
Actually it works very well for our 3 dogs as they're trained to respect borders.
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Actually it works very well for our 3 dogs as they're trained to respect borders.
Oh, border collies. Of course.
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We're working on the same problem. Also a way to keep them off dinette. Thinking about having a "not under foot " place under the bed and dinette seat. We've got a year to work it out. Looking for other ideas.
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There are pet gates of many designs and some are taller than others. They could be used across the dinette area, wedged in place at the wall ends.
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We're working on the same problem. Also a way to keep them off dinette. Thinking about having a "not under foot " place under the bed and dinette seat. We've got a year to work it out. Looking for other ideas.
To keep them off the dinette (and seats) while we're not inside I decided to make them a cave, with hinged panels that store flat under the dinette cushions when not in use. Works quite well.
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That is a great design, especially if you put dog beds or rugs in there for them.
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