One of the many inventions
piled together by my roommate
was an electric butt scratcher
for his dog
. You can build one for your dog, in case it has an itchy butt (most do, due to the scent glands
It boiled down to a few simple parts:
A wooden dowel
with some deep notches cut down its length
that held the dowel a foot and half or so above the ground (changes per dog).
attached to the frame and dowel which is activiated
by a switch in the base of the frame.
is simple: after about 1 lesson, the dog learned to back into the butt scratcher. He'd unknowingly step on the foot switch, which would turn on the motor and spin the dowel. Then he just leans into the dowel.
However, this could very well be the doggy equivelent
, or television
. My roomie's dog used the machine so much he got a temporary bald spot
on his butt, and eventually burnt out
the scratcher's motor.
My roomie never repaired the thing and it exists no more, but a good addition might have been one of those 24 hour AC
outlet timers and a light. You set the timer to be on 1/2 and hour a day. When the timer is on, both the light will come on and the scratcher will power up. Any smart dog, with some training will figure out that when the light is on, he can be scratched and if it's off not to bother. After a week or two your pooch might develop an uncanny sense of punctuality
. Then you can do cool dog behavior
research, and become the next Pavlov