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Old 02-23-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Rear seat removed - Now unsafe for the dog

I have a 2011 2-door Wrangler. I have removed the back seat in order for my dog to have more room when I take him with me in the Jeep.

But there is a problem. There is a large gap between the edge of the cargo area and the back seat (the area where your feet would go if you were sitting in the back seat). When my dog rides back there, he will sometimes fall into this opening and I am afraid he might get hurt.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what to put in this open area so my dog will not fall? I saw that Orvis sells a foam seat extender and something like that might work, but if anyone has a better idea, I would appreciate your help.

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Old 02-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
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Get a piece of 'quality' rug scrap and 'carpet' the whole back end...then he has some 'cushion' to roll around on or fall onto. If you are worried about him falling during your driving, then he SHOULD HAVE A SEATBELT HARNESS on...just as if he were a kid! Get a 'dog harness' and clip it onto the seatbelts-you left them in, I bet? then he can't go very far....that's what we always did with our beagle-he had a harness on.

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You could also get the cargo net to cover the sides and rear cargo area , to keep your dog from jumping or falling overboard.there are several makers of these cargo nets, plus they look cool !
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I'm unfamilliar with the JK but doesn't the rear seat fold and tumble? If so it would fill that gap.
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Old 02-23-2011, 03:39 PM   #5
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You can get block foam from JO-ANN FABRICS cut to fit the well then follow NHrubicon. HARNESS is important.
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I'm unfamilliar with the JK but doesn't the rear seat fold and tumble? If so it would fill that gap.
Yes, it would also block the person driving from getting to the back if something were to happen to their dog.
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Yes, it would also block the person driving from getting to the back if something were to happen to their dog.
Valid point, but if you were driving and you needed to get to the back that quickly it seems that it would be easier to go to the back of the jeep rather than trying to climb over or between the front seats anyway
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I put my two dogs (25lb Healer and 55 lb Basset Hound) back there with the seat tumbled up. They have two small pillows that they lay on. The seat folded up keeps them from the cab, which is great and there is plenty of room to lay down.

They look out over the seat and by the roll bar sometimes, but mostly they just lay down and sleep.

In my old Jeep I had the cargo netting around the back...that was good, but occasionally they'd get paws stuck in the squares.

I've never taken them wheeling...as that would be a little mean. Been to the beach plenty of times though. (with top or net).
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I used to put my dog in a small kennel strapped on the back of my Harley, he loved it. In the jeep take the top off attached the harness to the seat belt anchor and go
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Let them ride, its no different then putting a dog in the back of a truck.. they will get there sea legs after falling a few times leave your top on until they get used to it, I have a border collie and she started riding in the back of of my truck at 6 weeks old she is now 9 years old, you couldn't knock her over if you tried. And as far as she is concerned there's no place better to ride!

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