Raising a puppy trucking

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  1. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    Dobermans are the same way with sensitive stomachs. Deff do not feed em pork Lol. The mini dachshund i have now he can eat anything but he's got bad skin allergies
     
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  3. Big_D409

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    I’ve had my red nose with me since she was 7 weeks. The first couple weeks was a challenge with her peeing (I bought cheap towels and have hardwood so it wasn’t a huge deal) soon as she got up. Really wasn’t that bad though, maybe 5x total she had a pee accident in here. Basically every time you stop, let your pup go potty, then jump right back in. Put them in the routine of going outside is for bathroom duties. Then when you take an hour or two for play, carry your pup (that’s what I did) to a far enough area away from the truck. Now they know it’s play time. We would throw the frisbee or a stick an hour easy, sometimes more. Almost every place I went, they would let Ruby come into the store (I was doing furniture at the time) and I always brought her into the trailer. She will be 4 this September and loves the truck. Last year I picked up an Australian Shepherd (he was left behind at my house from an ex) so he took some adjusting. I guess I got lucky, no chewing and no destroying anything, they’ll bark with people wearing masks when they walk near the truck (can’t say I blame them). I would do it all over again, but I like to stand out in general so maybe that’s why.
     
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  4. Ridgeline

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    Dogs and even cats don’t belong in trucks just as much children should not be in a truck.
     
  5. tscottme

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    My dog rode with me for 3 years. The truck was the only place she never had an accident. She was at least 3 years old when she started making miles. I don't think I would take a puppy.

    My dog chewed everything before she was 2 y.o.I doubt I would bring a puppy. You'll be stopping every hour for potty breaks. Many customers say no to pets.
     
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    Put water & food bowls in a plastic sweater box so the spilt water & food from wrecking the floor. I put a bed sheet over my bunk to keep dog hair from getting in the bedding. Rubber dishwashing gloves are great for raking up dog hair. Breaking down or getting a layover is a pain in the neck. Many shops or hotels won't allow pets. Do-gooders will give you grief if the dog is alone in truck because they ALL assume your barking dog is having heat stroke, even in the winter, even if dog is alone for 4 seconds.
     
  7. scott180

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    It can be done.
    As far as being social creatures your dog will be with you 24/7 . You'll need to be able to stop every couple of hours to let em out.
    There isn't much difference than having a dog in a apartment than a truck. Except the dog has more to see and smell in the truck.
     
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    While there are ways to contain the food and water I kept very little water in the bowl at any 1 time and refilled after a potty break. And for a puppy I think that might be best. If you can get up an hour before you roll so baby gets a full belly and can maybe pee before you leave out. Then you should get a rhythm to how long it takes him/her to cycle the water and food. My adult dogs only get fed 1x daily so potty break is predictable but puppies have to eat probably every 4 to 6 hours. Once it's old enough to eat once a day that should get simpler (unless you allow treats) but that's at a year or so depending on size and breed. If you put the food down and let doggy eat 15 to 20 minutes and take it away you train your dog to eat the necessary amount in (eventually) 1 sitting which is how wild dogs naturally eat after they kill prey. It also helps you know how much they are eating so they don't get fat. Limited exercise and too much food plus any treats equals unhealthy doggers....
    Good luck
     
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  10. tommymonza

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    I had a female Doberman that I couldn’t leave the house without her on my heels.

    Many of times I went to bed and couldn’t find her in the house.

    I would go outside and Open the van door and she was crashed out on the front seat waiting for me to leave in the morning .

    If the window was left open she could jump up in through it

    Pretty impressive for a full size Chevy van.
     
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