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Old June 18th, 2010, 05:16 PM
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Taking the D90 (soft top) and my four legged friend on a road trip this summer and I'm looking for advice on keeping my dog cool while in the truck. My truck has A/C however it gets pretty hot in the back. I was thinking about putting a fan in the back. Your thoughts?
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Old June 18th, 2010, 05:21 PM
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I leave my dog in my truck all the time. Top on, windows out, nets in.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 07:35 PM
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Puppy rides in the passenger side seat. I fill the footwell with bags and such so she has a platform. Whenever someone trys to take "shotgun" she digs her claws in and defends her seat.
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Old June 18th, 2010, 10:18 PM
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Leave the top off :-)
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Old June 19th, 2010, 10:05 AM
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My wife is riding shotgun, so that leaves the dog in the back. I'm more concerned about the heat than anything else. I've taken my dog on many road trips during the fall and early spring, but not in the summer.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 01:21 PM
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are you going top down?
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Old June 19th, 2010, 07:12 PM
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You've got it all wrong. Dog rides shotgun, wife in the back. At least your wife can tell you if it's too hot in the back. And she will. Believe me, she will.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 08:42 PM
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Going top on, windows rolled up/open.

Wife in back...that will go over like a turd in a punchbowl
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Old June 19th, 2010, 08:51 PM
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Wife in back...that will go over like a turd in a punchbowl
Not for the dog. You'd better get- your priorities sorted out BEFORE the trip.
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Old June 19th, 2010, 09:46 PM
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In argument for the wife in the back there is more leg room in the back if you have a forward facing bench, Tuffy makes a great foot rest. Not to mention the Queen rides around in the back of her Rovers.

I would think the top would provide the shade and the windows out the rear AC you want for the dog. Stopping often enough and getting fresh water is going to be the best bet for the dog. As long as you aren't parked in the sun cooking I can't imagine it will get too hot - at least it would be unbearable for you too if it did.

An elevated mesh bed would work well too- if you can keep it from sliding around. I think SkyMall of all places sells them. They are PVC fittings/pipe with a mesh bottom that allows air flow and is supportive yet comfortable. They sit about 4-6 inches off the ground.

I have seen a good sized battery operated camping fan at Sports Authority that could be strapped to part of the cage and help with air circulation too.

Keep in mind my experience is Great Danes. She sleeps for hours in the back of the truck moving or not.
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I've never used a fan, but some of the people I know with Portuguese Water Dogs recommend this fan:

http://www.ryobitools.com/catalog/po...y_tools/P3300#
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Last summer I did a trip for two week all over California with a friend and my boxer. And I kept the sides on with the A/C on all the time and I had his Costco dog bed in the back with two large ziplock bag double bagged with ice under one side of his bed. And when he got hot he would lay on that side of the bed. I didn't fill the bag all the way. about 3/4 of the way and then fold up the slack and rubber band it and it never leaked.

But I think I will have to try a fan just for him next time also.
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Old June 20th, 2010, 08:56 AM
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There are fancy cooling pads available, but I have no experience with those. Wetting the dogs down also helps.

I've had IIAs with and without the tropical roof, and it really does make a difference. A roof rack with a deck isn't a bad substitute.
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I have to put mine on ice.
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ever heard of the phrase " stands out like balls on a bulldog".? not on that puppy...!


I've never had a problem with my dobeman cross in the back of my 90, sides up and cargo mesh over sides and rear to stop inquisitve hands meeting teeth.

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Have you thought of putting this for your pooch ?

I mean so you can all use A/C

http://www.kooleraire.com/KoolerAire25.htm
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ever heard of the phrase " stands out like balls on a bulldog".? not on that puppy...!
Yeah he likes his balls ice cold! (actually has no more balls) but when a bulldog gets hot you have to cool them down asap or they panic and pass out or overheat (much like our trucks!). You have to put ice on their butts and that cools them down right away.

AC broke in the truck the other day. I think a fuse blew or something happen. need to check that out next time and need to put the soft top on very soon.

But seriously, just get some bags of ice and a towel and have him sit on that.
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