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Transporting you dog

Postby LakeVillaDucks » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:06 pm

My two buds and I are going on our annual hunting trip next week and we will be bringing our two dogs. I have pickup truck that does not have a cap. We have plastic dog kennels with the insulated covers. Will this be enough to keep the dogs warm in the back of the truck? I do have a cap on order, but, not sure if it will arrive in time.

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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby Dakota Creek » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:16 pm

Might help if you state where you are and where you are going .......
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby LakeVillaDucks » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:44 pm

Good point. thx.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby Dakota Creek » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:22 pm

While in SD for pheasants and staying in Huron SD area in late Oct / early Nov .... there have been trucks in the lot with dogs in crates with covers on them vs being under a truck cap. These dogs have straw for bedding in the crates with them to help stay warm.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby Gunner125 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:24 pm

I've drove to nebraska from Illinois in december for a field trial and he did fine in the back of the truck with an insulated cover. now i have one for you guys. Have you guys ever transported a dog in an enclosed trailer in a crate? The trailer has vents for air movement. Do u guys think he'll be ok? Going from Illinois to north Dakota in October.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby FowlPwrcat » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:17 pm

I personally wouldn't do it
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby B.E.Nelli » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:23 am

I have been wondering about this too. We are taking a mid January trip from MO to Arroyo City Texas. Its a 15 hr drive and will be pretty chilly. We have a truck full with 5 guys. I don't have a camper shell either. I have a kennel with a cover too, but hadn't thought about putting straw in there. Is your dog an indoor dog like mine? That's the part that worries me most, I know indoor dogs usually don't have as hearty of a coat. 15 hrs is a long drive to be in a cold truck bed don't ya think?
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby Tyler Radke » Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:32 am

My boys dont ride in the bed they ride in the cab. Fold up the back seats and fold down the cargo tray. They have a memory foam mattress that is about 4 inches thick with mildew resistant fabric over it to lay on. I would roll 3 deep up front with one in back or make someone else drive. Weird maybe but they are like my kids and get treated as such.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby LakeVillaDucks » Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:36 am

Thanks everyone.
Hopefully the cap comes in time, if not, I will have to use the straw suggestions as well.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby B.E.Nelli » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:01 am

Yeah my girl is my kid too, and usually always rides in the cab. That's why I'm worried about throwin her in back. But don't really wanna drive two trucks 15 hrs, that's a lot of extra gas!
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby ScaupHunter » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:23 pm

Bella always rides on her dog beg in the front passenger seat of my Suburban. She would look at the guy riding in the front passenger seat and "kennel" right into his lap. He would be getting licked and lap sat all the way to the destination.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby Indaswamp » Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:16 am

FWIW, the perfect temperature for a dog is 40* F. dog should be fine in a plastic crate with a cover as long as you put straw in it. I packed my dog from south louisiana to Lubbock texas about 5 years ago and when we got to Dallas we hit 25* and 9" of snow on the ground. dog did fine, but I brought him in the hotel room at night.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby dakotashooter2 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:04 am

They should be OK but there are several options you can use to increase warmth. Do you have an old sleeping bag? If so toss it over the kennels for added warmth. Another option is a couple of those 12v window defroster units mounted at the top of the kennels or if you have an inverter in the vehicle you could put a heated dog pad in each kennel (but the dogs might get too warm). Mt springer has a very thin coat but does just fine outside in the kennel for 8 or more hrs a day. When it gets cold my lab mix will be curled up in the double dog house and she will be running around outside.
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby OmegaRed » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:35 am

Buy a kennel heater
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby B.E.Nelli » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:46 am

OmegaRed wrote:Buy a kennel heater


Any recommendation on type or brand? Do they all need to be plugged into the truck or are there battery powered ones?
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Re: Transporting you dog

Postby Boatman » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:05 pm

I would worry about someone stealing the dog out of the back of the truck. In a crate anyone can grab that crate and dog is gone. In a cap or cab people would worry about getting bit when opening the door.
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