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Old 09-19-2016, 11:14 AM   #11
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Back seat only. I would never put my dog ( boxer) in the bed of my truck. This is especially important in hot weather. Boxers, bulldogs and other dogs with short snouts do not handle hot humid weather as well as other dogs. Truck beds with caps are even worse.
That was my conclusion, hence the question. But, if traveling with guests who don't want a dog in their lap, what to do? We love our dog (usually) but people are more important than pets.

Most of the time we won't have guests. Most of the time we have guests they'll be our kids, who regard the dog as family. Perhaps by the time we have non-family guests the dog will be smaller.

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Old 09-19-2016, 11:23 AM   #12
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We travel with 3 dogs zer0 kids, crew cab fold up on half of the back seat section with a floor cushion (dog bed) we are part of their pack :-) well maybe the Labrador sits in the back (they all do on busy highways or heavy traffic)
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Old 09-19-2016, 11:56 AM   #13
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Taking our furkids with us was exactly why we didn't go for a p/u to tow our last tt. So, large SUV it was - a Nissan Armada. Large cargo space with 2nd row seating..... even larger with all seats down except the front. Animals belong in the back, not on laps or otherwise possibly hindering the driver. As a retired law enforcement officer, I disliked seeing animals on laps of the driver or hanging out the driver's window. Seen too make problems with those situations. And yes, there are laws to cover that.

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Old 09-19-2016, 12:22 PM   #14
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That was my conclusion, hence the question. But, if traveling with guests who don't want a dog in their lap, what to do? We love our dog (usually) but people are more important than pets.

Most of the time we won't have guests. Most of the time we have guests they'll be our kids, who regard the dog as family. Perhaps by the time we have non-family guests the dog will be smaller.

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I would put the people in the bed of the truck, since I'm sure no one wants one of my pups on their lap.
Back seat, tethered to seat belts, sitting on a hammock style seat cover...

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Old 09-19-2016, 01:28 PM   #15
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That was my conclusion, hence the question. But, if traveling with guests who don't want a dog in their lap, what to do? We love our dog (usually) but people are more important than pets.

Most of the time we won't have guests. Most of the time we have guests they'll be our kids, who regard the dog as family. Perhaps by the time we have non-family guests the dog will be smaller.

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I tow a 5er so an SUV is out. We do have an SUV but the F350 is my daily driver and will not drive the SUV. Since we lost Buster last week we only travel with Roscoe. He stays on the backseat. If just to dinner or a short trip with guests Roscoe stays home. When taking the 5er Roscoe always goes with us. Guests ~~ I prefer not to have any other than my grandsons who are family. If really stuck with others I guess they 1.get the privilege of riding with Roscoe 2. driving themselves or 3. just staying home. My mother always said "company is like fish ~~ after 3 days both begin to stink". Our 5er has a queen bed for us and a sofa that makes into a queen that has never been used. I like the table/chairs so no dinette to make into a bed. The 5er is only 35' with 3 slides, just enough room for the 2 of us and Roscoe.
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I have a 70 lb boxer/American bulldog cross. I travel with my DH and my 9yr old DD plus the dog in a crew cab truck. I have a 2/3-1/3 split rear seat. I give my DD the 2/3 side so she has a place for her drinks and books, kindle etc. the other third (think single seat portion ) gets flipped up. I put a small bed down and he lays comfortably on that while travelling. He can sit up and look out a window or snuggle up for some sleep or ask DD for attention. It works well.
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I always have my dog in the back seat--either crated or in a harnessed in. There are way too many dangers, in my opinion, for having the dog in the truck bed.
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:02 PM   #18
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Always boxers for us. When we had a pick up it was a 4 door and the dogs wore harnesses that tethered into the seat belts. If guests didn't want to ride with the dogs they wouldn't be guests. We now have one boxer pup and he rides on the couch of the motorhome buckled in the same way.
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:07 PM   #19
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This is also I have a concern about if I ever got a pickup and 5er. My dogs ride in their crate in the back of our Excursion, they have gotten use to the whole process and behave very well. One of my dogs gets nervous when traveling and when we do go somewhere with them out of the crate he jumps all over the place.
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:13 PM   #20
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x3 - that's what we do too, basically a doggie seat beat, works great!
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Our Springers go everywhere with us. Back seat strapped in. Unless Sydney decides he needs some luvin' from his Mommy, and comes up to sit on her lap for a bit. Piper just spreads out on the whole back seat while he does that.
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