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Old 06-21-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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Help! My name is Cooper. My owner's TJ has half doors and this is sort of a pain in my curly tail.

I LOVE to ride with him but I especially like to ride next to him in the front seat. In all of our other vehicles I can prop myself up on my forearms and hang out the window with my cute ears flapping in the breeze. I swear sometimes I think I am flying!

Anyway, this half door thing is so darned low that I know it wouldn't take much of a hard turn and my furry little face will be tasting asphalt. Apparently purchasing full doors just for me is not an option.

I was just wondering if anyone out there had designed some kind of solution for their own dog's similar problem. My owner was thinking about building some kind of shelf that would saddle the top of the door and allow me to surf the wind.

We welcome any and all suggestions!

PS...Riding in the back is fun - heck, he even took out the seat and reinstalled carpet over the line-x'd floor just for me. I KNOW that I should be content with riding in the back but I am terribly spoiled. (Plus, all the girls notice me more when I am in the front!)
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:18 PM   #2
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ive read some people take ot the back seat, and weld or mount a bracket/sackel to the middle of the floorboard. they then measure out a leash that wont allow the dog to go past a certain point

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Old 06-21-2010, 04:30 PM   #3
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Get some of the nylon netting that will go around the roll cage. Take the back seat out and maybe through down a blanket for some padding.
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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You could probably rig something up to go on the side of your Jeep. I mean your owners Jeep...
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:35 PM   #5
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From the sound of things, there isnt an issue with the dog in the back...he is looking for a way to put the dog up front with the half doors on
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:52 PM   #6
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Thanks Constable! You are right. I am just fine in the back, I even have the harness thing (not my favorite, btw). We just want to figure out a way for me to hang out the window opening.

Thanks for all of the replies!
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Old 06-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #7
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I have the same issue with my half doors, one sharp turn and the pooch is toast. I was thinking about getting a dog seat restraint, I have seen them online. But for now I have his leash on and I just tuck it under my leg so he can only reach so far.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:33 PM   #8
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Thanks 619random....nice to know I am not alone. Maybe someone on here will have already worked through this problem. Here's hoping!
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:39 PM   #9
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Wrap a leash at the proper length around the roll cage above the seat... even if the puppy falls out he won't go anywhere. Either that or take a seat belt from a junk yard and attach it to the harness and the seat belt receiver, preventing the dog from going all the way out the window.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:55 PM   #10
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X2. Leash measured out, tied tightly to the top of the cage.

How did you type all that with no thumbs?
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:57 PM   #11
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Ha! Good question GroundHawg. Actually I can't type so I got the cat to do it for me. :-)
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Okay Cooper how about this? Have your owner attach your leash to the footman's loop in the back, run it up between the seats and give you just enough leash to get your head out. DO NOT use a collar!!! Use a harness instead. That way in the event of a sudden stop or sharp turn (which isn't really recommended in a Wrangler anyway) the harness will keep you safe by holding you from the shoulders instead of the neck. It works for my mutt. Not that you are a mutt, but it should work for you as well.
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:53 PM   #15
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Thanks for the suggestion!
First of all, I have to beg your patience and ask you to explain what a 'footman's loop' is. When I mentioned it to my owner he got that weird quizzical look on his face and cocked his face to the side.
Secondly, thank you for not calling into question my lineage but, in truth, I am pretty much a humane society rescuee...i.e. papa was a rolling stone.
As much as I am resistant to that darned harness I have to admit that the use of it sounds like a good idea so we will follow up on that.
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Ask your owner if he noticed 2 loops in the rear of his jeep when he line-Xed it. They should be behind where the seat used to be, in the floor of his tub. Those are called Footman's Loops. They are essentially for tying down cargo in the back. When I have the top off my Jeep, I run a cable between them and attach my pooches leash to it, again with just enough lead to get to the side so she can bite all the air she wants. I would not recommend having you attached to the roll bar or being held in by a leash under your person's leg. It just doesn't sound safe IMHO.

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