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Old 03-25-2014, 03:26 PM   #1
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I wanted everyone's opinion on the best approach to introduce a one year old Siberian Husky to riding in a naked jeep. He did well last summer with the hardtop off, but I want to do some riding with the doors off this year. Any ideas on the safest way to introduce him to this?
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My opinion...don't. My dog loves riding with the top down in the Jeep but I won't let him ride with the doors off. Even in his harness there is enough lead for him to attempt to jump out, and that would be bad news. No matter how well trained your dog is the possibility is there. Husky's in general are a bit insane anyway

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Well, I have brought my board collie in my naked jeep several times. With in a mile or 2 she lays down on the front seat & goes to sleep. However, most people will say put them in back seat or roll rear seat up & put your puppy back there. If putting in back of back seat w/up, ensure the seat won't roll back & hurting your puppy. If you put your puppy in back seat or up front, please consider using a properly fitting dog harness. In my case, I use a harnes for her but even with a harness on up front when I make a left turn, I always have my hand on her just one extra step to help ensure she doesn't slide out of the open jeep when sleeping. Please don't have your puppy in your lap when driving. They can always step on the wrong thing causing an accident. Hope this helps. cu
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My opinion...don't. My dog loves riding with the top down in the Jeep but I won't let him ride with the doors off. Even in his harness there is enough lead for him to attempt to jump out, and that would be bad news. No matter how well trained your dog is the possibility is there. Husky's in general are a bit insane anyway
I agree, i wouldn't dare ride around with either of my pits with the wrangler completely naked. even the most trained dog, might be tempted to jump out due to the excitment of riding around and feeling the air all over him/her.
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Old 03-25-2014, 03:47 PM   #5
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Harness? Pics?
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We've ridden naked with my wife's dog in the backseat. But she is harnessed in, does not have enough lead to jump out and hit the ground, and is too scared to jump out anyway.

She just lays in her bed and looks out the door until we come to a stop....where she stands up and looks out the door.
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Google dog harness and you will see a million pictures. They make some for the car that clip into the seatbelt receiver, or go around the seatbelt itself.
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Yup, our harness might be this exact one here. If not, it is very close to it.

We have it (D ring) connected to the LATCH bar in the rear seat....so it isn't going anywhere.

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Sorry, not at home I can't get you a picuture. The harness goes around the front shoulders & across the chest & in front of the dogs front legs. You can go to petco or petsmart & ask them for dog harnesses for a vehicle that will work with seat belts. Just take the dog with you. It needs to fit properly. Yes your puppy can come out when riding up front. but my puppy can barely sit up on the seat as to how tight I keep the seat belt thru the harness besides her going to sleep on the seat. At the same time, be very careful going 4x4 with your dog. Possible only in the back seat & harnessed. I have seen dogs in roll overs & the dog always came out thru the open jeep but the driver never did. Go figure. Driver = seat belt, but no harness for the dog.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:25 PM   #10
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My lab rides really well in my jeep naked. She not hyper or jumpy, but I've attached a tie down where my back seat use to be. It Short enough where she can't jump around and some how hang herself, but long enough for her to get comfortable. I don't know if it would work if she was like my other lab who was little more crazy and excitable. But since she very chill - it works for me. The tie down is a great option depending on the dog.
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I know a guy who had his German Shepherd jump out of his CJ . Broken leg , hip damage , and banged up pretty bad , the dog was lucky to be alive . I would not do it .
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My pit loves to ride shotgun with the doors off or on, doesn't matter to her. She is very calm in the Jeep and I know she would never jump out of it unless I told her to. But if there's even a slight bit of doubt in your mind, don't ever try it.
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I know a guy who had his German Shepherd jump out of his CJ . Broken leg , hip damage , and banged up pretty bad , the dog was lucky to be alive . I would not do it .
I had a shepherd jump out the window of a moving minivan to come after me and my dog. The driver barely noticed. Not only did the dog survive but it barked and still tried to bite us. I gave it a little boot to the chin and that was that. Crazy dam thing just ran off
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Don't do it. It's not worth it. For all of you telling him how you do it with your own dogs, please stop. Harness, fine. But no harness? Are you shitting me? What about a panic move when someone pulls out in front of you? You swerve hard to avoid an accident, and out goes the dog into the street. Simple physics. Pay attention to how many times your dog will steady him/herself with a paw on the door when you have them on. Then imagine that support not being there.
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My dogs ride in the rear with no back seat. Top down doors off. Safari Straps keep them in.
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My old lab Dakota (RIP) jumped out of the bed of my dad's silverado. Luckily he wasn't going fast so he escaped with just a pretty good cut on his leg and needed stitches
My current dog Cobra i don't even trust him sit the windows unlocked (although he hasn't been in my jeep yet)
But my bf's dog Jocko would ride in naked jeep just fine. He'd just lay there and smile (no he hasn't been in jeep either)
It really depends on the dog but i would put some sort of doggy seat belt on them still juuust in case. Last thing you would want to do is think the dog would be fine without and then something terrible happens
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My guy can't wait to get back into a car again. He's an odd dog with an odd number of legs so he's gonna be strapped, stapled and glued down.
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My guy can't wait to get back into a car again. He's an odd dog with an odd number of legs so he's gonna be strapped, stapled and glued down.
Thats a great looking pup and jeep. I have a German short haired pointer, he's my best friend and will always make him safe.
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Don't do it. It's not worth it. For all of you telling him how you do it with your own dogs, please stop. Harness, fine. But no harness? Are you shitting me? What about a panic move when someone pulls out in front of you? You swerve hard to avoid an accident, and out goes the dog into the street. Simple physics. Pay attention to how many times your dog will steady him/herself with a paw on the door when you have them on. Then imagine that support not being there.
You beat me to it. People that put their dogs in the back of a pickup truck and cruise on down the highway are worthy of being dragged behind said truck, in my opinion. Same thing with a Jeep with no doors and no harness. It's just plain stupid if you actually give a whup about your dogs safety and well-being. If the dog must ride with you, put the doors on for Pete's sake! Your coolness isn't worth your dogs life.
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Mazzi (RIP) knew what was up as soon as the doors came off- a quick trip around the neighborhood, just because. A short leash around the roll bar clipped to a harness, and she was fine to hop down to the local coffee stand, or even run into town for groceries if it wasn't too hot. I also tried a tying the leash to to a line between two tie downs, but looped over the roll bar was better.
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My two huskies love to ride in the jeep! Having said that there is no way I would let them do it with out doors. With there natural inclination to run I just wouldn't even consider it just my opinion
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How bad would you feel if your dog was killed or injured because of your decision to take him or her with you?
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even with a harness id never put my dogs in the jeep with no doors, they're usually good but i never want to take the risk, a sharp turn, an accident, you never know what could happen.
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Works like a charm. I put my pittbull Claire in the back. I use both seatbelts and use a caribeaner to loop the harness lead around all four belts and then clip it back to he harness. She can stand up, sit up,or lay down, but not much else.

I'm sure you could find a way to do it in the front seat too if you could find something to attach it to that doesn't give them enough slack to move off the seat.

Picked mine up on Amazon for a few bucks cheaper than the website.
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What a controversy I started! Thanks for the input from both sides. Nanuk is a very well behaved boy for a 1 year old. He loves riding in the back seat of the Jeep. My first addition to my new JKU was a Kurgo dog Hammock, mostly to keep from putting a blanket of hair across the back seats. I do love my dog and want to keep him safe, that's why I take him with me instead of leaving him locked in the kitchen or on a cable when I'm out playing in the Jeep for hours when he could just come with. May sound wrong to some but I want to always approach his life like mine...I wouldn't wanna pass on and not have memories of close calls and possibly dumb things I made it through. I'm not saying I'll put him at unnecessary risk, I just want him to be with me. Figure physically and mentally he's comparable to a 7 or 8 year old child, so personally I think he's ok to ride if I just take the time to teach him right way to behave. I will definitely look into the harnesses mentioned here and I really like the idea of running two leads from the roll bar to middle of seat. Thanks again for all the input.
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Here's is the handsome boy... How could you tell him no he can't come play?!?
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I am getting the Spider Shade Cage for this very reason. I have dogs and a 4 year old, I want to at least make them think they are confined. The dogs might end up on a very short leash so they can't get near the sides.
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I've posted these pics a few times- with the right setup you can run the jeep naked and trust that your pup will be safely secured.

I love this set up because she cant jump out, but can turn around a lie down comfortably.







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God I need to convince the wife she needs a JKU instead of the Grand Cherokee, more room back there than I thought.
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Soooo....
What is safer?

Harness and no doors.....or doors and no harness?


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