Introduction: Happy Dog- Toy Eating Sofa Tamer-NST Accessible*
As far as my puppy is concerned the sofa is an evil toy eating monster that must be barked at until a long arm human gets down on their hands and knees to slay the beast and retrieve the toys.
NST accessible* - *Acronyms, text abbreviations, netspeak- I love them and I hate them. If you and the person you are communicating with know the meaning- they are great time savers. However, being limited to 26 letters means that different people may use the letters differently. I first heard NST from my doctor- a Non- stress Test. I loved the idea of a non -stress testing and problem solving. So I use NST with my students and learning to adult daughter. N= no tools/not a lot of time, S=some tools/some time and T=tools/time Everyone can solve problems if the solutions are NST accessible!
½ PVC pipe, side outlet elbow connectors- DO NOT BUY connectors that have screw threads
wood or fabric
Velcro or zip ties
NST ( none/ a drill/ a table saw)
Step 1: Measure the Beast
Measure length and width and distance from the floor to bottom of the furniture that eats the toys
N- learn the measurement of your hand or foot, use to measure
S- A dollar bill is about 6 inches, folded in half about 3 inches..
T- My favorite tape measure is the free one I got from the health fair
Step 2: Dog Self- Sufficiency Level- or Point That He Starts Barking for Help
Place a treat under the furniture, allowing the dog to eat. Keep moving the treat deeper under the furniture , until your dog can no longer get the treat. Subtract this distance from your length and width measurements
Step 3: PVC Frame
Use ½ PVC pipe and 8 side outlet elbow connectors to build a frame to the required size, it will be a rectangular prism
N- Pre-cut PVC can be purchased at home Depot, if necessary go slightly smaller than your measurements, you may have to join smaller pieces with a coupling connector to create a longer frame
S- Cut the PVC with a small hack saw from the dollar store
T- PVC cutters are not just for plumbers
Step 4: Toy Blocking Material
Cover the sides of the frame with fabric or wood. If your sofa is against the wall, you may only have to cover three sides
N- apply sticky back Velcro to frame, stretch and secure fabric. ( An old shirt cut into strips counts as fabric)
S- Have wood cut at Home Depot, drill holes and secure with zip-ties
T- Use table saw to cut wood, drill holes secure with zip- ties
Step 5: Finish and Install
Finish as desired. Place the Happy dog- toy eating sofa tamer under the furniture
Tip- if you have tile floors, put the Happy dog- toy eating sofa tamer on non slip shelf liner
N- It’s done, no one will see it under the sofa
S-The wood could be covered with fabric or not
T- Paint the wood, add a fun design so when you are doing yoga you see a pop of color or maybe even a miniature universe under your sofa that brightens your mood, just as much as your happy puppy!
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