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Old 09-19-2016, 07:27 AM   #1
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Where to put the dog while on the road?

We're a long-term camping family. We don't get out as often as we'd like but, when we do, we like to take our Boxer. She and her predecessor are/were crate-trained and travel well that way.

The current tow vehicle is a Durango. The crate goes in the back, passengers on the middle seat. It's time to replace the Durango and we're looking favorably at a 4-door short bed pickup truck.

Where do we put the dog? Our young adult kids won't be traveling with us much in the future but the whole point of getting a 4-door is so we can carry human passengers as the occasion arises. It would be uncomfortable and inconsiderate to cram them in with a kennel.

The future dog will be smaller ~25# vs. ~60# but the kennel is bulky, either way. The dog would be exposed to elements if riding in the truck bed and it seems like a topper would be fatally hot (we live in Florida and travel in the SE.

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Old 09-19-2016, 07:40 AM   #2
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My Dog is a Family member, we don't go anywhere without her. She rides In between us in our standard cab RAM. Never in a Kennel. Your dog could ride in the back seat of your 4 door TV
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Old 09-19-2016, 08:06 AM   #3
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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.
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Our 20 lb Bostons ride in the back seat area. We usually flip the seats up and they sit on a blanket we spread on the floor. Other times they ride on the seats. Their harnesses are each hooked to special straps that attach to the back seatbelt clips. This allows them movement, but restricts how far they will move in event of a panic stop or crash.
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Our 20 lb Bostons ride in the back seat area. We usually flip the seats up and they sit on a blanket we spread on the floor. Other times they ride on the seats. Their harnesses are each hooked to special straps that attach to the back seatbelt clips. This allows them movement, but restricts how far they will move in event of a panic stop or crash.
X2 on the body harness for the dogs in the back seat and strapped in, that's how I did it for many years.
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I flip the back seat up and the two girls hang out back there...plenty of room for them to sleep and not be in each others "space" so much (they are worse than human siblings sometimes, LOL!)

Nick the Navigator hangs out up front with me and his Mumma.....of course I am not sure he completely understands that Navigators shouldn't sleep while on duty!
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Roscoe a 25# boy is very good in the back seat. Buster was about 22# and put at least 250,000 miles as my passenger during the 17 1/2 years I had him. If his mommy was riding with us he would sometimes allow her his seat. At other times it was 'move over, I'll sit on your lap, or you go in the backseat'. Sadly, Buster left us last week.
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X2 on the body harness for the dogs in the back seat and strapped in, that's how I did it for many years.
x3 - that's what we do too, basically a doggie seat beat, works great!
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Our 20 lb Bostons ride in the back seat area. We usually flip the seats up and they sit on a blanket we spread on the floor. Other times they ride on the seats. Their harnesses are each hooked to special straps that attach to the back seatbelt clips. This allows them movement, but restricts how far they will move in event of a panic stop or crash.
A Boston is probably our replacement of choice, when the time comes. They seem to behave like miniature Boxers. (Very friendly, minimal barking.)

With seats flipped up, are the seats secure? I know the seats in the Durango are heavy. If it fell in a crash, it could amputate a foot.
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Ours are seat belted in on the couch of the motorhome. We have friends that drive a motorhome and they let their dogs run around on the dash while they are going down the road, IMO that should be against the law
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