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We are going camping about 100 miles away this weekend. I have planned to take Heidi with us and we have looked forward to it for a long time. We invited our neighbor kid to go, forgetting that we need to take our pick-up. There won't be room for three people and a GSD in the cab. My husband says Heidi will be fine riding in her crate in the back. Our labs often ride this way and the crate is secured. However, Heidi has never ridden back there and I am worried she will be scared and have some kind of meltdown. Does anyone think this likely? Would a trial run, just driving a short ways tonight to get her used to it be helpful? I am thinking of riding back there with her, but husband says I shouldn't.
 

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Trial runs is best. We have a box we built for the back of our truck and it is securely fashioned.
Once it is done I will post pictures.
I don't know about how safe a crate would be back there. Does the crate collapse or is it fixed solid? Maybe a plastic kennel box would be better.
 

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Absolutely - go for the trial run. You don't want any tragic surprises!!

I have no experience in this regard but, as you say, the crate should be well secured and I would think that you would want to protect Heidi from the wind and flying debris that could get in to her eyes.

Honestly, 100 miles is a pretty long distance and I'm not sure that I would do it.

Good Luck!
 

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I've done 300 miles with Nevada in a covered crate in the back of my pick up. I had the crate properly secured of course and had a tarp over all but the back side to protect him from debris. Of course I stopped more than I normally would to let him out to take a little walk and relieve himself if he needed to. He did just fine with it, but he'd been on several shorter rides before and every dog is different. I ended up selling the truck and getting an SUV just because I didn't like making him ride in the bed.
 

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Definitely do a couple of trial runs so she can get used to riding back there and you'll find out what problems, if any, there are with her riding that way.

A couple of years ago, DH and I had a big yellow Ford F-150 that had tie-down points all around the bed. We used plastic crates and secured them with bungee cords and rope so they wouldn't slide or move around. That's worked pretty well.
 
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