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Simple Silnylon A Frame Tent for my Dog
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Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Dog Tent: Silnylon A Frame on 08/21/2010 22:18:11 MDT Print View

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.

Pup 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.

Pup Tent 3

I had just enough uretek/waterproof zipper on hand for this project.

Pup Tent 4

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.

Pup Tent 5

Total weight is 168g or 5.9oz plus 6 stakes is about 7-8oz total. She carries it of course in her saddle bags:

Asia Howe Sound Crest

Edited by dandydan on 08/21/2010 22:22:00 MDT.

Steofan The Apostate
(simaulius) - F

Locale: Bohemian Alps
Lucky Dog! on 08/21/2010 22:46:03 MDT Print View

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.

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Dog on 08/21/2010 22:57:02 MDT Print View

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 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.

Edited by dandydan on 08/21/2010 22:58:46 MDT.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: Lucky Dog! on 08/21/2010 23:08:33 MDT Print View

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

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Lucky Dog! on 08/22/2010 00:08:15 MDT Print View

These dogs must have trouble with the tent zipper.


Ben P
(benp1) - F

Locale: London
nice! on 08/22/2010 00:28:09 MDT Print View

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!

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Dog Tent: Silnylon A Frame on 08/22/2010 01:46:39 MDT Print View

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!

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
A Frame Dog Tarp on 08/22/2010 09:12:28 MDT Print View

I do not own a dog but I really like the MLD Dog Tarp. I use it with the Sublite-Sil. 5x5 ft at 5.5 oz and sets up in a few minutes. Nices skills Dan!

Edited by Creachen on 08/22/2010 09:14:58 MDT.

Terry Trimble
(socal-nomad) - F

Locale: North San Diego county
doggie door on 08/22/2010 10:30:31 MDT Print View

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.

Trevor Wilson
(trevor83) - MLife

Locale: ATL -- Zurich -- SF Bay Area
Re: doggie door on 09/14/2010 13:51:35 MDT Print View

Dan, that's really cool! Great work!

David Olsen

Locale: Steptoe Butte
dog shelter and wholesale climashield sources? on 09/14/2010 18:41:39 MDT Print View

Very cool.

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?

tommy d
(vinovampire) - F
nice! on 09/15/2010 11:07:59 MDT Print View

I love this project and the pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Aaron Reichow

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Re: Re: Dog Tent: Silnylon A Frame on 09/15/2010 12:42:48 MDT Print View

@Dale Wambaugh - my thoughts exactly. Dan must have a very well trained, well behaved, and well tempered dog! :D

adam blanton
(adamallstar) - MLife

Locale: Central Texas
Cute Shiba on 09/27/2010 10:09:50 MDT Print View


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.


Paul Gibson
(pgibson) - F

Locale: SW Idaho
Re: Cute Shiba on 09/27/2010 14:02:41 MDT Print View

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. :)

Dave Richardson
(Dzrichwm) - F
That's fantastic on 09/27/2010 20:49:49 MDT Print View

Your dog has better digs than I do! Truly well done.