Step 2: Harvest the Parts

  • To harvest the solenoid, simply remove the retaining clips from the bottom.I used my handy dandy Instructable Leatherman, but I suppose you could still do it with some lesser tool of sorts…
  • The bottom plate just kinda falls out after.Now reach in and pluck out the solenoid, its just wedged with nothing special holding it in place.Make sure to watch that the spring or the solenoids push rod doesn’t sproing out to be lost in some crack somewhere
  • You will also get a rather homemade looking switch that looks kinda like the trembler switch one of the bad guys use in the movie “the rock”. Set it aside to use in the future one day
  • There will also be a standard plug and cord, might as well re-use it, plus its a delightful golf green.
Great build, I like the design too!
Thanks, sometimes simple is best
Having seen this in action I have to say it is AMAZING!! You are a genius!
aw... thanks!
So, a robot doggie to demo a dog gone treat dispenser very cool :-)<br> <br> A
No doubt and it gave me an idea how to use it with disabled people and service dogs.
Can't edit posts. Apologies, I'm not typing well this morning, hands hurt. Above post should have said<em> I am not against animal testing.</em> That's how we got PETA a so called friends of animals group.
No worries, the beauty of instructables is that often you learn a lot of valuable insight from others comments
You are absolutely correct. I like the Biscuit Chucker and after I saw how it was put together got me to thinking way to apply for fetch training for the disabled or fetch the correct meds on command. <br><br>Raw concept. My dog brings me the correct meds, the right one for the purpose is based on a scent in the med jar. The problem is dog brings me the meds and I forget to put em back. Next time he has to go look for them. Now take the biscuit chucker, the dog not only gets the meds tossed ut to him but he can out them back and the system resets for the next time. <br><br>Like I said. Cool gadget, I just didn't approve of how it was being used. I spend a lot of time working with dogs that are OCD and traumatized service dogs <br><br>Anyway who knows? When I get moved in to the new place and settled I might be able to come back and work on it cuz it is a very cool idea and I know people who could benefit.
This is definitely a cool project and suitable for the title of Mad Scientist. However it is not suitable for for your dog.<br><br>The reasons is it creates what is called Pavlovian OCD and that is very destructive to any dogs psychology especially since it involves food. Like a dog going nuts with a laser light. I've seen dogs go crazy when the source of P-OCD was removed and attack their owners. Please do us all a favor. Dismantle it, remove the instructions and build something with a more positive result. <br><br>How do I know all this. I train service dogs for the disabled. <br><br><br>
That's really quite strange... I have trained dogs for over twenty years and not observed that phenomenon with lasers, as a matter of fact, I have used lasers as a directive to focus the attention of the animal on the task at hand... <br><br>I also can't say I have noticed any attacks based on removal of a &quot;P-OCD&quot; either... perhaps you could further elucidate on the mechanism you are describing and perhaps its relationship with possible cruelties. <br><br>I would also be fascinated with a few examples of your &quot;More positive&quot; results...
I've worked with border collies for over 40 years. OCD is quite common in dogs with a high drive to work. The problems occur when such a dog is taken from a work environment and placed in a household as a pet and is nto given anything to do. With no outlet such as sports, SAR or other work their behavior turns OCD and self destructive as they look for 'their own job' to do . I worked with two such dogs, One dog continually licked the door frames, concrete and glass for something to do . I was told by the owners this had gone on for years. This same dog was also addicted to laser light. Turn the light off the dog became became aggressive towards its owner. Trying clicker training to cure the problem only made it worse as the dog was noise sensitive. The owners eventually gave up and re-homed the dog to a ranch where it has been trained to work with horses and llamas. The owners also gave up on the other dog. In his case they just had him put down. <br><br>Better is to spare the dog experiments. They are far smarter than you think they are.
Ok then, so this phenomenon might be said to be breed specific as opposed to canis domesticus overall. Looked at that way, I can see the possibility for such a temperament occurring with certain types of dogs with specific behavior types. Sorry to hear about the specific instances you mentioned.<br><br>As a different example. My ex-wife needed a service dog a couple decades ago and we decided on the Akita breed for their even temperament, strength, and intelligence. She has limited mobility and has now been through a couple dogs over the years. Each was fitted with a harness incorporating an assist handle to help her walk and were trained using a laser pointer and command words for the dog to fetch items or manipulate things such as pull ropes for lights, doors, cabinets and such. Each of those dogs understood when the laser was used for play and when it indicated something was needed. <br><br>As another example, they were trained for protection as well. There were a very specific set of heavy leather &quot;play&quot; gloves. While they were worn, the dog could get quite aggressive with the trainer but if the gloves came off, play was over. I could be roughhousing with the dog using those gloves with it growling and biting the gloves, the dog thoroughly in the moment, then fling the gloves off my hands and the dog would feel the difference and instantly stop biting and clawing and sit down, often licking the bare hands he was &quot;viciously attacking&quot; just moments before.<br><br>I suppose a lot of it has to do with the type of training or conditions involved as well as the environment they are in. The remarkable thing is that the first one was a &quot;rescued&quot; adult and the training only took a few months to take and that dog performed admirably. The second was raised from nearly a pup when the first fell ill and was trained partly through association and partially with some refined techniques. Those same techniques have been used to train many other large dogs over the years but not, to my knowledge, on border collies.<br><br>Overall, I am quite aware of the intelligence of certain breeds of dog... just remember... someone had to experiment with the dogs in the first place in order to train them to do some of the fantastic things they do. Better is to get to know your dog's breed characteristics and not try to make them do something they are not compatible or comfortable with.
HI Tar, That was an interesting read. My friends and I used SDs. Many of us are trainers. Over the years I've seen thousands of dogs some trained most not. I'm saying that I do not agree with any toy or tool that has the possibility of creating -p0cd i a dog. I have seen the behavior i many breeds and over thepast 10 years have seen it get worse through owners who are playing with their dogs and create this condition.<br><br>You example of your Akita doubling as a service and protection dog for your wife is also a potential problem. I've see SDs trained as both slip and attacj comeone. That is why we don't train SDs in any form of attack. There is too much potential for a dog to slip while working. Very dangerous.<br><br>Yes Someone had to expriment woth animals as subjects. That's why PETA exists. Now am I against animal testng in a lab, However pets and service dogs are another thing. theyae not meant to be experiment with.<br><br>Your Biscuit Chucker works that's great. You've proven the theory and ability as a designer. hacker, engineer. You're dog can make it work. Actually it's not that hard a project. But I would not use it with yur dog except on occasion, perhaps to show friends. Otherwise you're goping to wak in one day and see yue dog trying to get biscuits from an empty or turned off machine. <br><br>There are dozens of vids youtube of dogs going OCD over what the owners encourage. Please do me and your dog a favor. Put it away or make something else.<br><br>House dogs are not for experiments unless it's short, harmless and dismantled when over.<br><br>Regards.
Very enlightening - I have only been using it now as a treat dispenser as a reward for positive behaviour. It is up and out of sight the rest of the time. My reasons seem are different though as I was worried about him consuming too many biscuits if left to his own accord. i will how ever make a note on the instructable, that this should be a &quot;supervised&quot; treat dispenser rather then just one to be left out. In reality i find this akin to my cat and or dog associating the sound of can opener with canned pet food, or the rustle of the dry food bag. I have yet to see any behaviour as you have all discussed, but as you are the experts i am sure you have all seen this behaviour (unfortunately) manifest.
The problem with this viewpoint is that ***ANY*** toy or tool *could* cause this behavior to start, even the normally &quot;approved&quot; training methods. It is up to the owner to watch for and correct such behaviors. Dogs are not static creatures and can change over time, therefore the handling and training methods must be modified over time as well.<br><br>The Akita was not trained for &quot;attack&quot; but to guard, very different and very specifically controlled. That potential was recognized and taken into account both before and during training as well as monitored afterwards.<br><br>Personally, PETA is a waste of space in my opinion, a bunch of wannabees without a clue using the organization as a cover for their own wanton acts of destruction. I do NOT believe in cruelty to animals and I believe animals should be treated with respect, however, some humans cannot even treat each other with respect much less animals. Another thing that you apparently fail to realize is that an &quot;experiment&quot;, in this context, is when you try to teach your pet something new which you have never tried before, it is *NOT* PETA's twisted definition that only allows for doing something nasty to an animal.<br><br>Next ,the &quot;Biscuit Chucker&quot; is NOT my project... I do not know where you got that idea except that you were not reading who it is from and were too interested in promulgating your own agenda. Again it is not my project.<br>I also note that your language skills are degrading further and further as you get angry over these posts. Might I suggest that you go out and relax... maybe pet your dog. <br><br>Finally, You can find YouTube videos for nearly anything you want if you look long enough. Some of them can be quite horrendous while others are harmless, funny, or perhaps even educational. I hardly find this useful as some kind of &quot;standard&quot; for how to treat your pet. Neither should you.<br><br>Finally, I have noted your concerns and looked into them as necessary. Suffice it to say that ***I***, for one, perform the necessary research to make a rational and informed judgement on anything I do. My animals are well cared for and I do not need an interfering busybody trying to condemn my actions. You have said your peace, and pointed out some interesting potential problems, it is time to drop it.<br>
In the future, you might want to look into &quot;HTS-2000&quot; for brazing/soldering aluminum - easy to use, very strong, and you can use a propane torch or MAPP gas torch. (http://www.aluminumrepair.com)
Just checked it out. A little pricey but I would totally use those. Thanks for the heads up. Have you used them before personally? If so, how tight dot eh joints have to be? similar to brazing with brass or ...?
I have used them and they work well - as long as you follow the instructions. Joint preparation and tinning are important. You should have a fairly close joint - but it doesn't need to be perfect. If you've prepped joints for brazing and welding, you know how to prep them for the HTS :)<br><br>They are a little spendy - but a lot cheaper than a TIG welder and a lot easier to use :)
And to think, I thought my talking animated Charlie Sheen head was going to be more controversial!
First of all. when the first time i seen it i thought it was a BBQ Grill. But after looking at really good. i think thats the Best thing i seen so far. that some one would do that 4 there Cute little Dog. Dang good Job. i would say my self.!!!
Our dogs are trained to eat at the sound of a bell. And they've trained my husband to give treats at certain times of the day...<br><br>Funny and interesting instructable! Bravo!
Nice job with very good instructions. Adding the videos is nice.
Man you are nuts! (in a good meaning of the word) I love the first video and the rich of ketchup on fridge and walls....The dog puppet was really amusing...<br>Strongly I believe that Plavlov phenomenon whill works perfect here....good job<br><br><br>5/5*****
Hey Thanks, the ketchup was fun to clean up after... but worth it!
hahaha...i bet so!

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