Mar 27, 2011 - The free-standing wheel gives your dog an unrestricted running surface, allowing him to walk or run for miles
BONDESON: Strong and sturdy, capable of working for hours. Turnspit dogs, they were viewed as kitchen utensils, as pieces of machinery. We have a huge fireplace in an old Georgian kitchen. There was a chain from the spit up to a wheel and in that wheel is a small dog running frenetically, causing the spit to turn.
This route involves training your dog how to mush with traditional equipment and methods. With traditional mushing you need a harness, running line, and hook up line to attach your dog to a wheeled vehicle of your choice.
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The main purpose behind the breeding of Venerator Cur was so that it could facilitate in the running of the kitchen by running on a wheel that could turn meat so that it would cook evenly. Often there would be a couple of dogs working on a single shift, partly because the job was extremely strenuous and could exhaust the dog really quickly.The MBB Dog Runner allows you to cruise town safely with your favorite canine. The quick release bar mounts to the head tube of virtually any bike. The attachment point is low, and the J shape of the bar provides a block so your dog can’t run into your front wheel. Your dog will be happier being up front, and you’ll both be safer when you have both hands firmly on your handlebar. An Athabaskan friend from Holy Cross actually came up with the original idea. He built a few of them for his dogs but the design soon changed. At first we made the wheels 4 feet wide and had entire litters of pups hop in and use them. Soon we realized that they were too wide, one pup could not stop the motion of the wheel to get out. Now we settled on a width of about 18 to 24 inches. We still have a lot of "doubles" going, but at least one dog wanting to get out will cancel out the other and can hop out anytime. The radius of the wheel of course depends on the size of dog. In our experience, the bigger the better. Our size dogs like diameters of 8 to 12 feet. The bigger the wheel, the "flatter" the running surface. We used to make the structures out of wood but now use metal. Huge pipe spools lend themselves for base structures really well. We weld cross braces to the outside of the spools, tack a thin sheet of metal around the whole hoop and then line the running surface with conveyor belt material. Since the structure is so rigid, we get away with having only 4 "spokes" on either side of the wheel. The axle should not run on bearings, otherwise the wheel turns too easily. A simple pipe through the center mounted on very stout supports on either side of the wheel, with enough room for the dogs to hop out, is sufficient. (The ultimate design actually has no spokes at all on one side, but that requires rolling supports on the bottom of the radius on the 4 "corners".)The idea of designing this harness came to Ivana when shesaw a couple of large dogs running in wheel position in the front of a sledwith very low gang line attachment. If you have a tall wheel dog wearing anx-back harness, the end of the harness and the tug line will naturally pulldown on the dogs rear end. The harness will also twist to one side more thanon any of the other team dogs, often resulting in under arm rub. This is due tothe low point of attachment of the harness to the gangline. Pressure on therear end will make the dog uncomfortable, and can result in injuries. Wheeldogs are more likely to get injured than other dogs on a team. Wheel positionis in the eyes of many mushers the toughest position for a dog.