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Old 12-27-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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Question Giant dog-Where would they ride?

Hello all-

I'm in the process of getting onto a waiting list for an American Mastiff (aka big, big dog). Last summer we adopted a shelter dog, a lab mix. She's a fantastic addition to the family - I'm very happy with how our family is growing.

Lexi (our shelter dog) is very friendly and always loves to play with other dogs, which got us to thinking about adding a 2nd pup to the family, after Lexi's gone through the puppy stage and is better with her obedience and whatnot.

Which brings me to the Am. Mastiff. The waiting list at the breeder is about a year, which is a good timeline for us.

But before I commit myself to this waiting list, I was wondering about where a large dog would ride? I'm already thinking that our present dog might have to ride in the trailer in her kennel (safely secured of course) as she's getting a bit too big to ride in between the kids (6 and 9 in car seats).

Is that an accepted thing to do if needed? Or would I be hauled off to the Humane Society on animal cruelty charges?

Our TV is a Ford F-150 extended bed, no cap.

I guess an alternative to the dogs riding in the trailer is to simply get a cap for the truck...

Just wondering if anyone else out there shares this issue!

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:54 PM   #2
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My Vote - get a cap for the truck bed. My dog loves the back of his truck, under cap, all his slobber, hair etc. is easily hosed out when cleaning is needed. Plus he loves to look around while underway. He would committ sucide if he traveled inside a trailer and could not see out. Also this makes it easy to take the dog along when you don't have a trailer.
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:58 PM   #3
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I travel with 3 dogs and would never put them in the trailer while traveling - I agree with Mike - put a cap on the truck. Even safely secured items in my trailer have come undone or loose while on the road - I would be a nervous wreck with any living thing back there.
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:09 PM   #4
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I'd vote for the truck as well. The ride in the trailer would just be too bumpy. I've heard of people who let their cats ride back there, but I just think dogs would be freaked out.

We solved the problem by getting a full size van. Everyone rides inside!
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:20 PM   #5
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Giant dog? Maybe anywhere he wants?

Certainly not in the trailer, a cap sounds good.
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I vote for the truck cap, as well.

BTW: On nice days, my sister-in-law used take their great dane for a ride in their two-seater car with a sun roof. They just loved him in the bank drive-thru lane! He loved it too!
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In the truck, in a crate for safety. Larger dogs need to be in crates to keep them safe in case of an accident or sudden problem on the road. They will feel more secure too. Ask your breeder for her suggestions on the type and size of crate you will need. Kennel-Air is probably the safest in a crash, but there are others. Both your dogs should be in crates as they become projectiles in sudden stops or accidents. You keep the human kids restrained, keep the hairy kids safe too.
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There are also seatbelts for dogs - I use these for my 3. They are a harness type with a loop on the back that the seatbelt hooks thru. Worth their wait in gold when they can't jump out the door when stopping for gas, etc.
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I think the other thing you need to consider is proper ventilation if the dogs traveled in the trailer. While you could leave something open in the trailer, the question still begs as to whether that will provide enough temperature control. At least in the truck you can get some direct air flow on your doggies.

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If your dogs are going to ride in the back of the truck, be sure you think of the temperatures. I was considering a pick-up with a truck cap with a sliding window to carry our boy Luke (100# heading for 150#). But then I thought about the extremes of temperature we encounter (0 degrees F to 110 degrees) and decided we needed conditioned space.

I imagine you could install a heater but what would you do when driving in 100 degree plus weather? Ventilation only goes so far.
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We put a cap on our F 150 and used two crates for the goldens. The crates won't fit side by side in the back, so we used 42 inch ones with 3 doors. We removed the back panel from each and attached the crates together in a line. Both large dogs had the run of both crates. In a pinch we put a third dog in there (a BC in a golden sandwich). This configuration allows you to access the dogs and leaves half the pickup for gear, etc. I was always concerned about not being able to get to the dogs. I don't like them boxed in.

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BTW - make sure you get a cap with windows and screens for ventilation for the dogs. We also attached a battery powered fan to the crates in warm weather.

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BTW - make sure you get a cap with windows and screens for ventilation for the dogs. We also attached a battery powered fan to the crates in warm weather.

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You can also get a 12v fan, that way you won't have to worry about the batteries going flat on a long trip. Hook it to the cab light lead.
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Hello all-

I'm in the process of getting onto a waiting list for an American Mastiff (aka big, big dog). Last summer we adopted a shelter dog, a lab mix. She's a fantastic addition to the family - I'm very happy with how our family is growing.

Lexi (our shelter dog) is very friendly and always loves to play with other dogs, which got us to thinking about adding a 2nd pup to the family, after Lexi's gone through the puppy stage and is better with her obedience and whatnot.

Which brings me to the Am. Mastiff. The waiting list at the breeder is about a year, which is a good timeline for us.

But before I commit myself to this waiting list, I was wondering about where a large dog would ride? I'm already thinking that our present dog might have to ride in the trailer in her kennel (safely secured of course) as she's getting a bit too big to ride in between the kids (6 and 9 in car seats).

Is that an accepted thing to do if needed? Or would I be hauled off to the Humane Society on animal cruelty charges?

Our TV is a Ford F-150 extended bed, no cap.

I guess an alternative to the dogs riding in the trailer is to simply get a cap for the truck...

Just wondering if anyone else out there shares this issue!

Thanks in advance!
You can also use fans that are solar powered.

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