The Pick Up Bed & The Alpha Male Sheppard

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Dillinger, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    So, I am picking up a truck today. Traded in my SUV, got a lower interest rate, lower payment, smart move, blah, blah, blah.... Who cares...

    The boy LOVES to go for a ride in the SUV. I put the windows down and he runs back and forth from window to window sniffing and his big tongue hanging out the side of his head covering most of the window frame in drool.

    It's illegal here in Washington to have an animal in the pickup bed if it is not tethered in. Great law in my opinion.

    Now, my boy is VERY protective of his peoples' stuff - so I want to make sure and get a good system that will allow him SOME freedom, but not enough to jump out in someone's face at a stoplight. He isn't aggressive unless you mad dog him, but I don't want to risk it.

    Sure, I can fabricate something out of Mule Tape and make some sort of attachment - I am just wondering if there is a system out there that other people have used and like for it's (usefulness, price, ease, portability, safety features ) <------ pick one.

    Any input that doesn't involve some wisecrack about tying him to the bumper for a little stroll or giving him enough rope to hang himself??

    Thanks.
     
  2. willshoum

    willshoum New Member

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    Dog Safety

    If you intend to put your better half in the rear, Don't use the reg. collar. Go with the shoulder harness. Drill a hole in the center of the bed next to the back window and install a strong eye bolt. Then figure out the length of cord he needs to get to the edge of the truck. He'll be able to go side to side with no problem, and if for some reason he does go over the harness won't kill him. Have Dog Will Travel?:eek::)
     

  3. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    You could put a kennel in the back. He'll be able to see around, but in no danger of biting or jumping out.
     
  4. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

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    Or a camper shell...
     
  5. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    When i had my Dakota, i would take the roomie's rottie for rides regularly, usually just before i planned to wash that truck. It had a sliding door in the rear window that allowed me to attach her heavy duty leash to the seat belt in the ext.cab. I did use the dog bra rather than a regular collar for added security. Never had any problems with that setup, but it made de-bedding her more time consuming.

    You got a sliding window in your window?
     
  6. Glasshartt

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    JD, run a cable across the bed at the cab from stake hole to stake hole with a loop in the center. Then attach a short leash, either with a locking carabiner or use a double snap one (like a trailer tether for a horse), to the loop. Put a harness on your pup, a good sturdy one like the picture, don't hook him up by the collar. Any other questions, just ask?
     

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  7. cpttango30

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    We just took an I bolt and put in in the middle of the bed about 3" from the front and hooked a piece of chain to it that would allow them to reach the edge and hang their head over but nothing else. I would also say get a shoulder harness so that he doesn't hang himself if he does try to jump out.


    We need pics too DURRRRRRR......
     
  8. IGETEVEN

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    Congrats on the truck purchase my friend! :D

    Here's a start on a truck bed dog restraint and I am sure they sell a shoulder harness if you need one of them too. The price is not to bad and there are other sites that sell them as well. :cool:

    PetBuckle Kwik-Connect Truck Bed Tether dog restraint - CargoGear Car and Truck Accessories

    Jack
     
  9. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    That's some good stuff on that website Jack.
     
  10. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I don't at this time. We have a great purchase plan through the parent company, but you can't spec out exactly what you want, you have to take delivery from dealer stock, or wait for them to order what you want. At this time I do not, but I will have a slider by the end of summer. Great idea on the use of the seatbelt. Thanks brother.

    Thanks Lady Hartt - That is kind of what I was looking at, something like Jack linked below. I want him to be able to move back and forth, from side to side, just not get over the rail. :eek:

    Thanks Jack, that was the first one I came across as well. I was wondering if that kind of system was easy to use or what.

    I still have to get the bedliner sprayed in before the boy gets to go for a ride. I am hoping he likes it better than the car windows. :D

    Thanks everyone!!
     
  11. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I second glassheart, it gives the dog movement but keeps the most control over the animal. I also like the idea of a harness. Should be in an accident the harness will help and the shorter lead will help there as well.
     
  12. cpttango30

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    Dog dude he traded the SUV in on the truck get with the program man......
     
  13. Benning Boy

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  14. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Yes. I am getting a spray in, over the rail bed liner by a local company called, of all things: Full Metal Jacket Bed Liners. :rolleyes::eek:

    Apparently they are the hot sh*t item now and well regarded.

    After that, there is a local company that sells an item called "Stall Matting" that is used to protect horses hooves. It's a rubberized, high density mat that is about an inch thick.

    I am going to get a full sized piece, custom cut it with a jig saw so it will fit nice and tight and then it will be ready for my boy. And occassionally his girlfriend. :)
     
  15. WDB

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    Congrats on the truck purchase JD. I used something like this for my Lab for a couple of years until I bought a SUV and he loved it. It can't be used well for two dogs as they get tanged up quickly. When I bought the SUV the first trip Micky (my lab) pissed in the back, I expect he was showing his displeasure with my SUV choice.

    K9 Truck Tether | Dog Car Travel | DB Dog Shop
     
  16. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I don't think it will be as much of a problem up there, but the hot Texas sun makes the traditional black spray in liner damn hot. If a move to Wyoming is possible, consider a lighter color. Their summers can be pretty hot.