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Old 06-23-2014, 07:39 PM   #1
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What's up dog? (Riding with my pup)

Hi all! I just got my first wrangler and am looking forward to riding with my dog. I have a 70 lb setter. My question for you is: how do you restrain your dog? What kind of harness do you use? I would love to let her ride unrestrained but I am worried about safety. Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:52 PM   #2
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I have a 45lb Shepard/ Lab/ Collie mix and he just sits in the seat no problem. In the past I've see people using a "Gentle Harness". The one I saw had the attachment ring in the back, and had a lead with a male seatbelt buckle on the end.

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Old 06-23-2014, 09:50 PM   #3
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My dog sits or lays down in the seat with no problem, as well. However, I always make sure I'm taking my time, allowing for stopping distance, watching for idiot texters, and other clueless people. But, knowing crap happens, I have been looking at the Clickit dog restraint for her. It is one of the only restraints that passes a real crash test.
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I would like to know what other dog owners do to. I have a 95lb GSD and it's my first summer with a soft top. I would like her to ride in the back while I have the windows out, but I'm nervous without a seat belt of sorts.
My small dog (chihuahua) rides shot gun with me daily to work. I use a regular harness on him with a seat belt attachment, which just loops around the seat belt and clips onto his harness.
But if I bought one for my big dog, there would be no where to clip it in the back hatch area. Would be great if I could find something long enough that loops around the roll bar.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:03 PM   #5
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I have the tuffy trunk enclosure. I mounted a 1000# rated d-ring to it in the center and have the two 50ish pound pups leashed to the ring. They wear harnesses. They ride on a dog bed on top of the lowered back seats in my JKU. Very secure. Never have had to test it, luckily.
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Old 06-24-2014, 12:55 AM   #6
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Dirty Dog Cargo net or Safari straps. (me). With the same set-up as above- Dring attached to soundbar. Dog on a harness. However I plan to get a travel crate- I don't have carpet or rear seat- she almost has too much room and not enough grip.
For in-depth information- not for profit study. Sleepypod is the best bet for harness. But it isn't cheap.
http://centerforpetsafety.org/wp-con..._rev101113.pdf
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I've got 2 pretty good sized pups, so I wanted a setup that would give them the full run of the cargo area while I'm Sunrider mode. I nabbed a spare set of rear windows of the For Sale forum here, then punched holes and ran paracord through them.

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They're a bit of a tight squeeze (and a visual mismatch) as it's non-premium windows zipping into a premium top. If I knew then what I know now, I might have waited around to try and find premium top windows, but this works just fine.
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:04 AM   #8
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Canvas Back, Safari Straps and K9 Outfitters Harness are the 3 things that save my Jeep from my GSD and my GSD from my Jeep.
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I would like to know what other dog owners do to. I have a 95lb GSD and it's my first summer with a soft top. I would like her to ride in the back while I have the windows out, but I'm nervous without a seat belt of sorts.
My small dog (chihuahua) rides shot gun with me daily to work. I use a regular harness on him with a seat belt attachment, which just loops around the seat belt and clips onto his harness.
But if I bought one for my big dog, there would be no where to clip it in the back hatch area. Would be great if I could find something long enough that loops around the roll bar.
If she rides in the back I would get some Safari Straps. I did that to cover back and rear seat when top is off. I also have a barrier for between the front seats that I use when I run without front doors.
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Old 06-24-2014, 03:30 PM   #10
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try this USA K9 Outfitters

they have a lot of options. i just got a CHAMPION Canine Seat Belt System the other day and going to try it out soon

i have a 70lb 1 1/2 y.o. GSD
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:02 PM   #11
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I have an 85 lb Boxer/Bulldog. I just throw him in the back with the seat up. When I have the windows up, I attach a leash to the sound bar and clip him in so he can't jump out. Easy peasy.
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try this usa k9 outfitters

they have a lot of options. I just got a champion canine seat belt system the other day and going to try it out soon

i have a 70lb 1 1/2 y.o. Gsd
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First of all, your Jeep will become your dogs favorite place! My dog LOVES Jeep rides. I initially just secured her leash to the floor somewhere. That didn't last long and when I was at a gas station she jumped overboard, slipped out of her collar, and tried to follow me inside. Not good. And scared me. So I ordered Safari Straps that day. Best thing I ever did. No fear of her jumping out any longer, and it gives her a little more freedom.

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I do like my Safari 's but one issue I have is that my GSD (mix; smallish ) sticks her head out between the roll bar and main S. strap on the side. She has figured out she can't get her head between the grid section so she wedges her head there instead. I have her on a pinch collar normally - so I have to take that off. Concerned she'll get it tangled in the strap. A pain when I am wheeling and want to take her out- collar on, collar off, collar on....
Looks like the Dirty Dog may not have that issue?...
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Safest way to travel with a dog is in a well ventilated travel crate firmly attached to the floor. The crate should be just big enough for the dog to turn around, and lay down. Smaller is calmer, and safer in an accident.

If you decide to harness your dog in the open vehicle, use something to make a solid floor, void of holes and gaps. Dogs have small feet on long legs. During an accident, it is very easy for the leg to get trapped in a gap, and the body gets whipped around severely damaging the leg.

My neighbors adopted a 3 legged dog from a vet. The owner had him harnessed to the roll bar. Guy didn't want to pay for the operation, and the vet was able to talk him into releasing the dog.
Vet said this type of injury happens a lot more than we think, but normally people accept responsibility, and do the right thing.
Great dog, just too bad he had to lose his leg to get a good family.
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Safest way to travel with a dog is in a well ventilated travel crate firmly attached to the floor. The crate should be just big enough for the dog to turn around, and lay down. Smaller is calmer, and safer in an accident.

If you decide to harness your dog in the open vehicle, use something to make a solid floor, void of holes and gaps. Dogs have small feet on long legs. During an accident, it is very easy for the leg to get trapped in a gap, and the body gets whipped around severely damaging the leg.

My neighbors adopted a 3 legged dog from a vet. The owner had him harnessed to the roll bar. Guy didn't want to pay for the operation, and the vet was able to talk him into releasing the dog.
Vet said this type of injury happens a lot more than we think, but normally people accept responsibility, and do the right thing.
Great dog, just too bad he had to lose his leg to get a good family.
Agreed. I have a GSD and she travels in a crate, even in the Jeep.
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I cut my dogs old crate down to size to fit in the back of the JKU. Works great, and If you want to prevent dog hair flying round you can put a sheet over top if it isn't hot outside.

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