Adjusting Dog Walk Height with Rotating Supports

19 Oct 2017Steve Schwarz

I love my dog walk (made by Iowan Mark Ries 10+ years ago) because it’s easy to move on rough terrain, tunnels can be placed anywhere beneath it, and because the legs pivot and lock to set the height at 2 feet or 4 feet. My youngster, Snap!, is very happy racing over it at a 2 foot height. But, at full height, he is still racing full speed but isn’t finding a comfortable stride pattern. So I was thinking about how I could set up this dog walk at intermediate heights (2.5 feet, 3 feet, and 3.5 feet) to help him.

Of course, there are dog walks that have chains connecting two piece supports to provide infinitely adjustable heights and new fancy dog walks that adjust in different ways; but I’m not about to get a new dog walk.

Then it occurred to me that since the supports on this dog walk pivot/rotate around a hinge it could be set at any height if I put a solid spacer under the bottom of the pivoting frame. The first photo shows the default rotated 2 foot height and the second photo shows two solid concrete blocks under the support to give a 2.5 foot height.

Pivoting dog walk support at 2 feet
Pivoting dog walk support at 2.5 feet

If you have a dog walk with a similar design, you can try this approach too. Make sure everything is stable and safe!!

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