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First instructable, so bear with me.
Most all everything created is due to a need. I came across a need, therefore had to get creative. Me and my wife love animals, especially dogs. We have decided to rescue and foster dogs in need. Military people deployed, people moving and not being able to keep their dog. We take in the harder to home dogs, the larger breeds. We also live in Alaska where the summers are awesome and the surroundings are gorgeous and we have to be able to get out. So with different dogs with different attitudes and lots of driving we needed a way to keep us and the dogs safe. Safe from each other, and from having 300lbs of dog flying into the back of us on hard braking conditions. We tried one of the basic dog barriers bought at a pet store. They work ok, but aren’t strong enough for larger and stronger breeds. That brings us to my instructable..
 
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Step 1: The parts

Picture of The parts
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I built it for our 1997 Chevrolet Suburban “the dog bus”. I have looked at a few other vehicles and though you have to change the bracketry, the barrier can be built the same for most. I spent less than $35 on this barrier which is less than half the cost of some of the universal barriers.

Items needed:
2 – 1/2” conduit, 10ft pieces
1 roll of your choice of barrier material.
6 – ½” compression conduit connectors
2 – ½” pipe t-fitting
2 – L brackets
2 – 1 ½” u-bolts
Paracord

Tools needed:
Sawzall
Drill
Dremel
Wire cutters
Crescent wrench
SIRJAMES091 month ago

You mentioned something about double nuts on the "U" bolts to keep them from coming loose/coming off.....

why not use a fibered nut? it has a plastic insert that makes it stay tight for YEARS....they come in just about any size you would need...granted they can be a pain ti install because you need a wrench/ratchet to install them, but once they're in, they do not come loose. Price wise, you may have to pay 1 or 2 pennies more for them than you would a regular, non fibred nut.

Just a thought Sir.

I have a mini bus(20 - 25 passenger) that I bought for work, & built a divider between the cab & the back end....works great for many things....

MikeO2 years ago
Very Nice,

I have a 99 burb and have been trying to figure out the best way to put in a barrier to keep the dogs in the back. I have 2 kids so I need the back seats but I REALLY like your method of attaching the barrier to the seat belt brackets.

I'll have to try this out.
just4u2c (author)  MikeO2 years ago
After a full year and probably 10k miles with the dogs the barrier is still there and I haven't had to repair anything.. its just a build it and forget it thing.. And it was way cheaper than those ones that you can buy and that didn't work for my dogs.. They pulled the store bought one down a couple times even after I used bungee cords on it too..
If your keeping your back seats up for sitting you could build one half this size and have the bottom rail of it just at seat level and attach it to the headrest supports...

thankyou for rescuing dogs. Heart of gold. I've 15 of my own and 3 of the big ones were rescues. Few initial problems with 1 until she learnt my hubby was boss man, she's fine now. A rotty x staff we think. Not keen on me and gurns at me but i keep out of her way. I'm disabled n can't get my wheelchair in that part of the house anyway due to a couple of steps.

sunny85123 years ago
The dog looks stonger, i think he can protect our home.

but the dogs look happy and chilled for their journey

SIRJAMES093 years ago
Q.
when you fasten the screen to the frame, would it not be easier or better to use wire ties? you know, them plastic things that get wrapped around wires....some people call them "zip strips"...

I don't know if it would be as strong but it should be just as tight.
just4u2c (author)  SIRJAMES093 years ago
Easier? maybe.. Stronger? maybe..
I happen to have 1500ft of paracord laying around.. Its benefits are that it is softer. You can pull on it to tighten the mesh closer to the frame.
Also have you ever cut a zip tie off and felt how sharp the cut off edges are? As a mechanic I run into that problem all the time and end up with the scrapes to prove it. I wouldnt want to have to deal with the sharp edges or make the dogs deal with them either..
Doing it again, if I didn't have any paracord I would find some and skip the zip ties..
Oh, and paracord is a hugely usefull tool for many emergencies.. With us in deep wilderness often I know I have paracord around if needed..

great sense, I did like the para cord idea rather than I think you mean what we in England call cable ties ??

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true....
point well made.

If I seemed to be less than respectful, I appologize; I never meant to come off that way Sir. Again, I appologize.
just4u2c (author)  SIRJAMES093 years ago
Nope, didnt take it that way at all.. Explaination got long because I just had multiple reasons.. maybe should have put them all in the instructable itself.. oh well they are down here now...
Most people call 'em Zip Ties, and that's most often how they're labelled in stores.
TY.
genalyn4 months ago
Admittedly I have chihuahuas besides 2 Rottweilers and 2 Labradors but this looks such hard word. I have 6 children and 4 are very often with us and I have an 02 reg Ford Transit Tourneo I have had since nearly new. I can remove rows of 3 seats. I have dog crates of varying sizes. Obv my lower ones are for the larger dogs and the crates are held down by bunjee cords to D rings in various places of the minibus. Higher up or depending how many kids aboard, maybe the floor, depends on where the other crates go. This wasn't expensive to me because as more dogs moved in, so did more crates. My Husband can take half an hour to disassemble the vehicle from a 'dogs at the beach bus' to a family day out vehicle. I like your idea but personally I'd use 3/4" plywood.
saosport1 year ago
Wow great thinking I want to try this with my weimaraner He has the whole back of the SUV and I want him to stop trying to stand on the arm rest between the front seat because it blocks my view of the side and rear view mirror. I think I will just make it a smaller and find a way to string it between the front seats. Thanks
Uptonb3 years ago
Good luck on the Pets Challenge.
2rainonme3 years ago
My Red Nose Pit is up to 100lbs, He's tough but I need help! Ingenious! I might try it! Awesome first instructable! I just posted my first yesterday! Enjoy, Janet
artfulann3 years ago
Nice job on the instructable!

My husband and I also adopt larger rescue dogs, the largest being Ivan- great dane who tops the scale currently @ 2 years at 170 lbs. Is that per chance a Weimeraner in the photo? We have one of those too. We use the kind of leashes that bolt into the seatbelts. We don't though have to keep them separated, so right now don't need a barrier but if the need arises, I'll remember your instructable for guidance.
just4u2c (author)  artfulann3 years ago
The seatbelt harness's were an option but some dogs don't like to be tied up. And with new dogs coming and goin at times we needed The only thing left to do is load some dogs, a camera, and drive!! I can see through this barrier much easier than the store bought one. I feel more secure with the dogs separated. And now you may steal some ideas and design your own.. Thanks for reading..
The blue dog you see is actually a pitbull.. Fairly dog aggressive too.. $1100 dog that the owner could only keep a week until they found out that the apartment wouldnt allow her to keep it.. It needed a home and was given to us. He can't be re-homed because of his aggression and not just anyone could deal with him.. And yes all dogs that come to us get spayed and nuetered.
ChrysN3 years ago
Nice! It's great of you to take in dogs that are harder to find homes for.
rimar20003 years ago
Clever!
CaseyCase3 years ago
Paracord is the duct tape of string!