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Old 06-07-2013, 07:59 AM   #1
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Dogs and Wranglers - A couple Qs

I am the proud owner of three dog - mom (back left) is a full-blooded Black Labrador, and the pups are about eight months old, half Black Lab, half Golden Retriever.



I have a 2003 soft-top Wrangler - my DD. I take the pups regularly with me around town. Needless to say, the Jeep has a lot of dog hair and slobber all over.

My questions...

* I have a Shop Vac, and a good sweeper with an upholstery beater-bar as well. I really need to do a good clean-up of the dog hair. I'm looking for suggestions beyond the regular vacuum methods.

* With summer coming up, I want to take the top down. However, I do not want to be at a stop light, and have a dog jump out of the back seat. So, I'm looking for suggestions to keep the pups inside the vehicle while the top is down.

Any other tips/thoughts/dog stories would be appreciated!

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:08 AM   #2
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In NJ it is against the law to transport a pet in a vehicle unless they are properly restrained.

I use this for my dog and it works well.

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:10 AM   #3
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How about the cargo netting they sell for jeeps? That seems to be something I have seen used specifically for jeepers with dogs.
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I am a YJ owner with no dog, but my friend has a 99 and a Newfoundland. He got a net from jeepcargonets.com to keep his dog inside. It is the sturdiest cargo net I have seen. It is stitched nylon straps instead of rubber or something. Also, you don't have to hook it into the softtop runners, it hooks under the inside of the body edge. That way it can stay on when the top is up.
I got one for myself to restrain camping gear on rocky trails.
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A lot of states now are implementing the rules regarding having seat belts for your dogs. I have a small west highland terrier and she used to ride in the car in my wife's lap. But with hearing it was requirement to buckle dogs in, and also considering what would happen in the event of an accident to the dog (it wouldn't be good), I bought this (in a smaller size) from Amazon and it works great.

You could conjure up some mounting points in the back of the Jeep for your dogs:

Amazon.com: Solvit 62296 Pet Vehicle Safety Harness, Large: Pet Supplies
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Plus if your dog gets injuried in an accident they can cite you for animal abuse in NJ.
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great dogs JIM! I am also a big fan of Labs.

i'd take out the back seat, install a full set of cargo area netting from Raingler (google them for the website), throw all the dogs in the back and have a nice safe trip. I've yet to see a better/stronger made cargo net than the ones Raingler makes.

as for dog hair control, I use a furniture mat, also called a moving mat, in the cargo area. they are very heavy, sturdy, cheap ($30 for a large one that can cover the entire cargo area).....get them at McMaster-Carr.

have a blast with them doggies.

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I have a 120lb German Shepard who sheds like crazy.. I use his hair slicker brush and just brush my carpets! Works amazingly well and fast
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:wave: NJ blows..

I have a Pit and a Siberian Husky, I use harnesses and retractable leashes. Latch the handle of the leash into the rear seatbelts and lock the leash so they can only stick their heads out. I used this method until I bought a Smittybuilt cargo net. Amazon- $65.
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If the cargo net does not prevent them from getting into the front passenger area then you will still have to restrain them.
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I don't think this thread was made for the legality of New Jersey laws on animals in automobiles... just sayin.
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Raingler also makes a net to block access to the front seat area.

tethering your dog to the jeep is a great way to control them, but if you have a Lab, you know how important it is for them to move around freely (but securely) during a drive w/o getting all tangled up in the tether.
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I have two large dogs and just leash them both. Then I loop the handle of the leash through my seatbelt when I click it in place.

Just make sure the collar is secure and not too loose. Or use a harness.

I will say it is scary as hell when it does happen. Had a Lab jump out the back window of my Honda Ridgeline once (not the bed mind you!). All because she needed to take a dump really, really bad.

But it was one of the scariest moments in life.
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Im looking at getting a new dog in the near future. This is all good advice. Going with another weimaraner.
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The leash and seatbelt method is a good one, however it's best if you use a harness as opposed to their collar, a sudden stop that sends pooch off the seat could crush their trachea and cause them life-long problems.
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The leash and seatbelt method is a good one, however it's best if you use a harness as opposed to their collar, a sudden stop that sends pooch off the seat could crush their trachea and cause them life-long problems.

Thank you for putting that thought in my head.

But I may just have to go shopping for some harnesses now.

Also, Shop Vac is good for the hair. But I prefer my Dyson. It does wonders on my carpet in there. Just make sure you have the "Animal." It comes with a great hand tool for those little crevices.
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Thank you for putting that thought in my head.

But I may just have to go shopping for some harnesses now.

Also, Shop Vac is good for the hair. But I prefer my Dyson. It does wonders on my carpet in there. Just make sure you have the "Animal." It comes with a great hand tool for those little crevices.
X2 on the dyson. I used to have a german Shepard yellow lab mix, at about 115lbs, and his hair was like needles that got stuck in the seats. Years, at least 4-5, trying to get rid of it with shop vacs and then I used my dyson and I was all gone. Even got out of th carpet which I though would never happen.
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Thank you for putting that thought in my head.

But I may just have to go shopping for some harnesses now.

Also, Shop Vac is good for the hair. But I prefer my Dyson. It does wonders on my carpet in there. Just make sure you have the "Animal." It comes with a great hand tool for those little crevices.
Better to think of it now than when it's too late for your furry friend. It was exactly this type of thought that got me to buy that harness! If you think about your dog flying through your windshield because there is nothing holding them in it really puts things in perspective, and I am not trying to sound trite.
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I routinely see ranchers with a dog riding on the back of a flat bed pickup. No leash or harness and I've never seen nor heard of one falling off. The dogs learn to dig in when cornering and the ranchers learn to take it easy in corners. Years ago, there was an old man who had a dog that rode on the top of his car, I shit you not.

I like the idea of the cargo nets myself. I might let my dogs ride with me if I get one for my Jeep.
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I routinely see ranchers with a dog riding on the back of a flat bed pickup. No leash or harness and I've never seen nor heard of one falling off. The dogs learn to dig in when cornering and the ranchers learn to take it easy in corners. Years ago, there was an old man who had a dog that rode on the top of his car, I shit you not.

I like the idea of the cargo nets myself. I might let my dogs ride with me if I get one for my Jeep.
Yep...definitely see this when I visit central fl area. Just like my friends dog who stands or lays on the back sunpad in the boat while out cruising. Never has fallen off.
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Get rid of the carpet and go bed liner route and get the cargo net. The cargo net is logical and multifunctional. If you travel check legality of other states before the trip.
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This is what we're using for all 4 of our dogs (127# and 93# weimers, 80# boxer and 20# pug) vehicle safety harness from petco that doubles as a walking harness, heavy duty adjustable leash, and a husky liner to contain most of the hair and drool.
Used a cargo net and a divider last summer but it was too much of a pain to switch between hauling dogs and 2 humans to dogs and 3 humans.

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I don't think this thread was made for the legality of New Jersey laws on animals in automobiles... just sayin.
Yeah Yeah Yeah, but I see a lot of locals with loose dogs in their vehicles and most locals don't know the new law.

My wife's niece's dog jumped out of their moving car and ended up losing a leg before the law was in effect.
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if I had a dog who had any propensity for flight i'd never under any circumstances put that dog in an open top vehicle w/o being tethered w/ a harness. its just irresponsible.

for those of us who have very well trained disciplined dogs who have no propensity for flight a tether is not needed. the cargo netting provides all the security we need in the event of an sudden change in direction that could eject the dog.

bottom line: know your dog and put into place the right solution for a safe open top ride.
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Any dog is a flight risk.
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Second on the cargo netting. I use it now for my two Bassett hounds, but before that I had the seatbelt safety straps and they also worked quite well
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I had a Standard poodle that went with me everywhere. He just sat in the front seat. It was always funny to look over and see people laughing. Most people thought he was a person till he turned his head. Haha. But i also have an Afghan Hound and there is no way ill put him in the truck without the hard top on and passenger window no more than 3 inches cracked. That dog will and has jumped out and took off.

Also my weimaraner goes with some times but i keep a leash tied to the top cross bar of the roll cage in the center. Just to be safe. Shes getting old and just lays across the backseat for the most part though.
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Agreed on the NJ comments... sorry about that, but I'm in Indiana, and not traveling across the US with the pups in a semi-opened Jeep Wrangler.

I love these boards - thanks for all the tips! I will dry the dog brush and see what I can do. I bought a new vacuum a couple years ago (could not afford a Dyson), but that might be on the "to buy" list.

Please keep the tips coming!

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Y'all must not live in redneck areas. Around here it is common to see one or more dogs riding in the bed of pickup trucks all day long. Heck a while back I saw a large Lab sitting on the top of a toolbox that was sitting on the bed of a truck. I was worried about that one, but all the time dogs are hanging out of the beds of trucks around here catching the air as they go down the road.
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First time I took the roof off we had my pup on the back seat with a leash to the top rollbar attached to his harness. We took him to his favorite beach. When driving slowly through the parking lot he leapt out and was dangling off edge for about 2-3 seconds. All these kids were screaming at the sight of it but he managed to slip out of his harness and tear off to the beach.

Then I had to chase him bare foot to the beach where a cop tried to give me a ticket for letting him off his leash.

Those cargo nets are definitely worth it!

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