Aug 21, 2010 at 9:18 pm #1262501
I whipped up this mini A-frame tent for my dog after getting tired of her wandering around the tent at night and because I was worried her claws would eventually damage one of our sleeping bags or pads.
I used 2 yards of purple silnylon (she's a girl dog) plus some grey silnylon I had on hand to make the tent.
I sewed a stuff sack to the outside of it which works as a pocket for her leash when it's setup and I can use it as a stuff sack for the tent by turning it inside out.
I grabbed a $1.99 bug headnet from Wal-Mart and chopped that up to make this window on the back. I sloped the back wall inward to create an overhang for the window. This was the hardest part with my amateur sewing skills.
I had just enough uretek/waterproof zipper on hand for this project.
Here she is happily in the tent. Lots of space for her. She's a 20 lbs Shiba Inu. She was happy in the tent all night with no wimpering.
Total weight is 168g or 5.9oz plus 6 stakes is about 7-8oz total. She carries it of course in her saddle bags:Aug 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm #1639410
@simauliusLocale: Bohemian Alps
She's a husky? As headstrong as that breed is, it looks like she finally got her way…her own tent!
Super MYO(Dog)G project and a great idea to sew in the stuff sack/leash holder.
What brand pack does she carry?
Steven M.Aug 21, 2010 at 9:57 pm #1639413
She's a Shiba Inu. That breed kinda looks like a Husky but quite a bit smaller. She's 6-7 years old and only 19 lbs. She's quite agile and good at hiking. The Shiba Inu breed is the smallest of the Japanese breeds….so she's kinda like a mini-Akita which is the largest of the Japanese breeds.
Her pack is a Kelty K9 Chuckwagon size small like this:
That pack weighs 9.6oz, so she's at about 1 lbs for her pack and tent. I keep her total pack at 2-3 lbs which is 10-15% of her body weight. She seems to be fine with that. She usually looks fresher at the end of the day than we do.Aug 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm #1639415
I have a hiking partner that has one also. Great little dog and a good hiker. Good watchdog also. Here is a shot of me and Kuma
Aug 21, 2010 at 11:08 pm #1639425
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
These dogs must have trouble with the tent zipper.
–B.G.–Aug 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm #1639428
nicely done, looks great
I don't think I could get my dog in one of those, he'd want to be with me, doesn't like being closed in. has both positives and negatives!Aug 22, 2010 at 12:46 am #1639432
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Good job on the ummmm pup tent :)
I have day hiked with my Aussie, but judging how he is at home, I fear he will take the tent down if he hears something outside. All I need is my dog taking on a bear or skunk at 3:00 AM!Aug 22, 2010 at 8:12 am #1639455
@creachenLocale: East Bay
I do not own a dog but I really like the MLD Dog Tarp. I use it with the Sublite-Sil. 5×5 ft at 5.5 oz and sets up in a few minutes. Nices skills Dan!
Aug 22, 2010 at 9:30 am #1639471
@socal-nomadLocale: North San Diego county
I would put a doggie door flap on the tent so the dog could move in and out of the tent as needed.
We took my brothers dog with us on a trip that dog kept waking me up going out and in of the tent all night. The dog used it's nose to open the center zip to get out.Sep 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm #1645532
@trevor83Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Dan, that's really cool! Great work!Sep 14, 2010 at 5:41 pm #1645605
@owareLocale: Steptoe Butte
I have made several sleeping bags for my dogs and friends
dogs. Used polarguard and quallofill. Am now needing a source for wholesale climashield so I can make some commercially.
Any wholesale sources out there?Sep 15, 2010 at 10:07 am #1645805
I love this project and the pictures! Thanks for sharing.Sep 15, 2010 at 11:42 am #1645833
@areichowLocale: Northern Minnesota
@Dale Wambaugh – my thoughts exactly. Dan must have a very well trained, well behaved, and well tempered dog! :DSep 27, 2010 at 9:09 am #1649177
@adamallstarLocale: Central Texas
Awesome setup, very cute Shiba!
We took our 10 month old Shiba male hiking with us and he was a blast to have along. Ended with him sleeping in the tent with us which worked well, however the beef jerky that another friendly hiker shared with him on the trail didn't sit well with him. Needless to say, I had to set the tent up to air it out when we got home.Sep 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm #1649274
@pgibsonLocale: SW Idaho
Great project, looks like a prefect size for your Shiba. We have 2 and they make great trail dogs. They love to hunt though so ours tend to stay leashed or they would chase very chipmunk across 2 states. :)Sep 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm #1649452
Your dog has better digs than I do! Truly well done.
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