How do you get your dog into the Jeep

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My little chihuahua mix, I pick her up, in spite of her failed efforts to excitedly jump in. As for the three Catahoulas - whenever I open any door in my Jeep, I have to beat them away with a stick to keep them from jumping in. Then again, it’s a large breed that actually CLIMBS TREES after raccoons, etc.





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We have a 17 week old Newfie and got a Gen7Pets Feather-Lite Ramp. Newfies are huge and prone to hip problems, so he isn't allowed to jump. The ramp is 6 feet long and holds up to 250 lbs. (Dog will be 150-175lb fully grown.) We open the back hatch, put down the ramp, and walk him up or down it.
Used to lift mine up till he turned 10, now I left his front paws on the rear seat and then shove his ass into the back and he's happy. He is pretty agile for a newfy, 130 lb.

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I use an old set of hot tub steps to load our Rottie. He's 7 years old and tore his CCL (dog version of the ACL) about 2 years ago. Although he wants to jump in/out I don't think it's a good idea so I make him walk up/down steps like an old dog. He feels so uncool around the other dogs.

Our Corso mix jumps in/out. She's still young and spry. Our Pitt puts his front feet on the bumper and we give him a boost up for his back feet. Our Blue Heeler gets lifted in/out. She's 14 and not able to make such jumps anymore.
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For securing them in the Jeep. I made a tether that I hook the leads through. The lead is clipped to a chest harness when in the Jeep. This is only intended to keep the dogs with the Jeep in the case of a crash, not to keep them inside the vehicle. I don't give them fully open windows. If they ride with the top off I use a short theater anchored to the floor ties but that really restricts their movement and I don't like it. As a result, the dogs don't really get topless rides.
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Regarding the center console issue. The older dogs don't try to come up front. It took a while to train, but it's doable. The Corso is still learning, but she still wants to stand on the console. I made a web to prevent that. Easy to remove with 4 crab claw style clamps. I call it "the dog catcher" because it also serves to keep them from being thrown into front during a crash.
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I've tried two different ramps and a set of steps, and Foofy just gets freaked out by all of it. The best I can manage is to get her to put her own front paws up on the seat, and then I give her ass a lift and a shove. Her ass is always wet. I try not to dwell on it.
 

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... Foofy just gets freaked out by all of it. ....
Yeah, my Rott was a bit leery about the steps at first. I found that if I put on my foot on one of the steps he'll use them without coercion.
 

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