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Old 03-09-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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Unhappy I'm having a dog problem. Any help?

I just bought a 2006 Jeep unlimited. I like it a lot, but I have an issue. My dog is not able to get herself into the back. She's a huge dog. 140lb Newfoundland. If you know a Newfy, you knew she's not built for jumping, she's at home in the water. Any ideas on a way to make it easier for her? I've thought about designed a hinged step that would sort of fold away, like what you see on an RV, but I don't know how I'd even be able to pull it off as I have no access to anything that would allow me to build it.
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Old 03-09-2012, 09:14 PM   #2
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Had the same problem with my newfy.. ended up being the end of him to when he slipped getting out of my moms van.. Make a ramp for him..

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A ramp is what we did for our GS. Just make sure it'swide enough, dogs don't like narrow.
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Check Home Depot or Lowes. They sell ramps. I bought one for my dog (a 103 lb german shepherd) to enable him to get up in the back of my truck. Took him a few times of going up it to get used to it but he has gotten the hang of it. Saves stress on his hips.
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I just bought a 2006 Jeep unlimited. I like it a lot, but I have an issue. My dog is not able to get herself into the back. She's a huge dog. 140lb Newfoundland. If you know a Newfy, you knew she's not built for jumping, she's at home in the water. Any ideas on a way to make it easier for her? I've thought about designed a hinged step that would sort of fold away, like what you see on an RV, but I don't know how I'd even be able to pull it off as I have no access to anything that would allow me to build it.
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I think 2007 was the first year for an unlimited, 4 door Wrangler if that's what we're discussing?

You guys will probably laugh, but I removed the back seat of my unlimited so my lab would have plenty of room when we travel. We don't let her on the seat, and there's not much room between the rear seat and the two front seats in regards to floor space, so taking the back seat out was the perfect solution. I do need to get a cargo net to keep our luggage secure should we have to stop suddenly, but that's how we've been rolling for awhile now.

It's also a much better solution to let her in the side door because with the soft top she can't jump in the tailgate unless it's been zipped open and put up. So that's a huge hassle every time if you go that route and actually a very poor pet friendly designed vehicle.

With all that babbling said, if it's a viable option, remove the back seat, and get a small plastic type step that women use to get in kitchen cabinets.

Hope that helps.

And if you see a Rubicon with a lab in the back and no back seat, then you know who done it...
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Look on the internet - I have seen folding aluminum ramps. (of course the problem is where do you stow it after the dog is in the Jeep). My Dalmatian loves his jeep, either hard top or soft top has big windows with low sills which make it easy to watch the world go by. I have a short adjustable leash that clips into the rear seat belt buckle that I use to keep him in when the top is fully down.
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I think 2007 was the first year for an unlimited, 4 door Wrangler if that's what we're discussing?
The 06 Unlimited has a longer wheelbase but does not have 4 doors.

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y0diggity -- if you find a good solution to this let me know. I have an old border collie who also has trouble getting into the jeep. A nice compact and portable ramp would be awesome but so far I've not found any wonderful solutions.
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I just made a little chicken walk to get my chow up in the jeep. It tucks right behind the front seats for when we travel.
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For a dog that is as big as a 150 lb Needy, it is easiest to buy a Newfy friendly vehicle. A minivan would be perfect, but since you bought a Jeep, you might build a set of stairs (2.5 ft wide) that you leave in the drive way to load and unload the dog.
You may have to leave him in the vehicle until you get home though. A ramp would not be ideal for this giant breed of dog and the worst case scenario is they your 150 lb best friend fall out of the Jeep and break his hip. It sounds like pontiackid87's Newfy had an unfortunate accident getting in and out of a vehicle.
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:13 PM   #10
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equalizer hitch

If you have a dog that big you definitely need an equalizer sized hitch.

With the receiver, you can rig a folding carrier that will fold up when driving and fold down when hauling. Just flip it down and it should act as a step for the pup. I think they are about $60 at Northern, or Fleet Farm, or such.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:09 PM   #11
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Amazon.com: dog ramps for trucks

This is what I use for my shepard, It folds up so you can take it
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Doggie Ramp

I purchased a telescoping ramp for my big guys (140 and 125).

http://www.amazon.com/Solvit-62320-D...1728693&sr=8-3

It works great and is not too bulky.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:03 AM   #13
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I'm going to try this one - Tri-Fold . I'm hoping that the tri-fold thing will take up less room in the back.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:34 AM   #14
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there are steps available that fit into trailer hitch.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:43 AM   #15
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here's one link...you could bolt boards onto the steps to make them larger, if needed. Google trailer hitch steps. would be able to leave in hitch, easier than carrying a ramp around. Cheaper too I imagine.

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WOW ....
You all gave me a good idea !
It was a PIA getting our Newfie in our Avalanche.
We had a bi-fold ramp and stored it in the back
section of the Avalanche. Newfie went in the back
seat area with seats folded down. She pasted away
the end of May after 11 years. We are now getting
another by Thanksgiving and was wondering where
to put the ramp. RottieGirl mentioned the hitch steps
and that is when I remember seeing SUV's with those
storage things hanging off their hitch's.
Could actually use one of these to walk them up
and then go from this right into back of Jeek.
28x48 Hitch Mounted Wheel Chair and Scooter Carrier with 60" Long Ramp Rage Powersports Hitch Cargo Carrier SC500

Or get one of these to store ramp on instead
of having it in Jeep where the dog would be.
Hitch Cargo Carrier | etrailer.com

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My 18 month old 175 lb. mastiff gets in the bed of my Jeep just fine. He puts his front paws, then I lift him the rest of the way. LOL. He jumps out with no issues. Everyone that see's me lift his butt in laughs at me. Go figure.
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I have a roll-up hard plastic (PVC material) ramp that I ordered from an online pet supply house. Can't remember which one, but you can search it. Works great. Easy to carry with you in your jeep.

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