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Old 05-08-2014, 05:00 PM   #1
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The Safest Dog Retention System! Better then my leash thread

I posted a thread about wrapping a leash around your roll bar to hold the dog inside the rear of the jeep.

The Perfect Setup for a Dog in your Jeep!

and it worked great until I had to bring more than one dog with me. Then the dogs just got really wrapped up and tangled and it became a big problem driving any real distance on the highways, it became a pretty unsafe situation quickly.

This situation prompted my designing of a retention system that achieved a few main goals for me:
1) Be as safe as humanly possible.
2)Remain affordable and eye-friendly.
3)Must allow for multiple dogs without tangling.

This achieved all of those goals and is much better than a simple leash.

The weakest point on this has a safe working load limit of 350 pounds, and that is the latch that clips to the dogs harness. Anything higher than that was more of a pain in the rear to fasten and unfasten quickly. The swivel snap shackle is rated at a 3k safe WLL. I made all of this myself in about 3 hours time, I'm relieved it's over now. A second set of hands really would have helped. I'll post photos in a minute. Any input is welcomed!

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Old 05-08-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Old 05-09-2014, 03:46 AM   #4
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good engineering. your spokes-dog look happy.

can you dog lay down in the cargo area or is the lead too short?

if I had a dog with a strong flight instinct I'd want something like your system in my TJ.
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Old 05-09-2014, 06:44 AM   #5
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good engineering. your spokes-dog look happy.

can you dog lay down in the cargo area or is the lead too short?

if I had a dog with a strong flight instinct I'd want something like your system in my TJ.
Thank you! Yes he can lay down, he usually does on the interstate. He doesn't have any type of flight urge but he does stand outside the jeep when I'm driving and I'd hate to lose my dog over a pot hole lol.
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Old 05-11-2014, 11:21 AM   #6
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Good looking setup. I have three pits now u r system not worried about cable or nuts scratch in anything
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This is what I use. It is specifically designed got securing a dog in any vehicle.

http://www.ruffrider.com/index.html
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This is what I use. It is specifically designed got securing a dog in any vehicle.

Ruff Rider Roadie - Canine Vehicle Restraint - RuffRider Dog Harness
It is specifically designed for securing a dog in any vehicle.
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I'm currently pondering upgrading my current "system" as well. I use a similar set up, but right now I'm using rope around the roll bar, then clipping to his harness. My 70lb Pit LOVES to go for rides, but I'm always watching him to make sure everything is holding. His deal is he leans as far out as he possible can, pulling on his harness and lead. I just ordered a new leather harness so I don't have to worry about the nylon one breaking. These dang dogs have incredible strength for their size.

I was considering putting a pipe, or tubing right in front of the center bar with a eye welded on it to clip to. Was gonna attach it with "U" bolts to the forward running roll bars. How did you attach your cable to the center roll bar so it doesn't move side to side and not wear against the padding? Looks good though, I like it.....given me some more ideas to consider.....Thanks!!!
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I'm currently pondering upgrading my current "system" as well. I use a similar set up, but right now I'm using rope around the roll bar, then clipping to his harness. My 70lb Pit LOVES to go for rides, but I'm always watching him to make sure everything is holding. His deal is he leans as far out as he possible can, pulling on his harness and lead. I just ordered a new leather harness so I don't have to worry about the nylon one breaking. These dang dogs have incredible strength for their size.

I was considering putting a pipe, or tubing right in front of the center bar with a eye welded on it to clip to. Was gonna attach it with "U" bolts to the forward running roll bars. How did you attach your cable to the center roll bar so it doesn't move side to side and not wear against the padding? Looks good though, I like it.....given me some more ideas to consider.....Thanks!!!
Yeah my 90 pound pit keeps constant tension on it. I just wrapped it around a couple times really tight and clamped both ends together. It doesn't wander around and it doesn't move at all to cause any wear and tear.

Something else that should be noted, when the lead is not attached the swivel shackle doesn't impede my sight through the rear view.

Just name sure you tighten the snot out of it, that's where the second pair of hands comes in handy.
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Good looking setup. I have three pits now u r system not worried about cable or nuts scratch in anything
Nah they don't come close enough to anything to scratch them. The only thing I'm going to change is the clip that attaches to the dog's harness, I need one that swivels. It's all holding up well and I have yet to see any problems though!

Plus the cable I used for the leash is protected with a plastic coating. The one around the roll bar probably should be too but I chose to go with a smaller cable and they didn't have any that size coated, however, as I said before there isn't any wear I've noticed.
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Great write up . Going to give it a try this weekend . I will post some pics.
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Great write up . Going to give it a try this weekend . I will post some pics.
I look forward to it! Make sure the shackle and clip swivel! You'll thank yourself for not having to find out the hard way haha. Everyone that comes up to my jeep first compliments my dog, then my retention system, then my jeep. Always nice to get compliments lol.

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