Car Exercises Dogs (Sep, 1955)

This seems like a really good way to kill your dogs, not to mention just cruel. I don’t really know how fast dogs can run, but 35 mph seems a bit high, doesn’t it?

Car Exercises Dogs

With six racing dogs to keep in top shape, Dewey Blanton of Columbus, Ohio, has developed a “canine exerciser” that fastens to his station wagon. Blanton built a frame to support a long plank beside the vehicle. Springs fastened to the plank are attached to the dogs’ collars, permitting the dogs to run wide. Longer chains keep the dogs in check. The broad plank bumper prevents injury to the dogs as they race along at 35 miles per hour. Best of all, the dogs seem to love the exerciser.

  1. Stannous says: December 20, 200611:18 am

    Greyhounds are second only to cheetahs and can hit speeds of around 45mph.

    But yeah, this seems much more likely to cause injury than build strength.
    Then again, this was before they invented frisbees.

  2. » Canine Exerciser says: December 21, 20066:00 am

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  3. See Spot Run? - Great Pet Net says: January 18, 200711:46 am

    […] Crazy or creative? This is a real invention published in a 1955 issue of Popular Mechanics as posted on the Modern Mechanics. Although it goes without saying, dont’ try this at home! […]

  4. RangerGordon says: March 8, 20085:03 pm

    (Do not operate while under the influence of alcohol. Side effects may include canine leglessness.)

  5. rick says: March 14, 20081:29 pm

    Wow that looks really dangerous. I wonder if that is what Mitt Romney meant when he said he strapped his dog to the top of his car for a road trip.

  6. JDk1981 says: July 14, 20083:22 am


  7. huh says: July 14, 20085:03 am

    Wouldn’t this maybe kill the dogs, rather than train them?

  8. Tim Tracy says: July 17, 20082:17 am

    How are they supposed to stop and pee every 100 feet?

  9. Mark says: March 29, 20094:20 pm

    Did anyone else think of Clark Griswold?

  10. William! says: March 30, 20096:46 pm

    Not sure how this would work if you’re also teaching them to not chase cars, and to stay out of traffic…

  11. […] 1955, Dewey Blanton of Columbus, OH, debuted his method of both exercising his dogs and traveling to his destination (at speeds up to 35-miles-per-hour.) […]

  12. […] 1955, Dewey Blanton of Columbus, Ohio, debuted his method of both exercising his dogs and traveling to his destination (at speeds up to 35 […]

  13. […] along with a longer chain that would also keep them in check. Someone else drove the car and at Modern Mechanix  you can see another version of this press […]

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