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sammysmaman

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Hi everyone,
I'm new here. We don't have a mastiff yet, but, hopefully, very soon! We're on the wait-list right now...

Anyway, I was wondering what you do with your mastiff in the car. We have a Labrador, and we keep a crate in the back of the minivan for her so that she doesn't slide around or get hurt. Do you crate your mastiff in the car? Do they even make crates big enough (we bought the biggest crate we could find for our Lab, but it doesn't seem big enough for a mastiff!)?

Also, are mastiffs prone to carsickness?

I've been reading books on mastiffs, but I haven't really come across the car issue in them.

TIA!
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My experience with mastiff puppies in the car. Do not go through the auto car wash.  it scares the devil out of them and they will poop everywhere...and then the kids can't finish their Micky D's.


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Linda I just had the worst visual!!LOL~
I have a minivan with the back seat removed. I would crate the babies. My adults are not crated ( I know bad me),but all but one lay down and sleep wherever we go

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3rd row seat out and they get the entire back of the suburban!


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3rd row seat out and they get the entire back of the suburban!


lol, that's what we're saying. We'll never go smaller than a minivan netween the kids and the dogs!
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Rocky never had a problem with car sickness or being in the back of a durango without a crate the entire way from SC to MA and back! He just laid down the whole time and took it all in. We did stop for pee and poop breaks and short walks. It went great!

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We are on our first Mastiff here.  Moose loves the car and doesn't get sick.  However we don't feed him before a long trip ( 1 1/2 hours) up to the inlaws place.  We get there around noon and feed him after an hour or so after arrival.  We have too many human kids to take out the back row in our Suburban.  Moose has enough room to lay down but he prefers to stand and drool all over our daughter.  We have also transported him to the vet in our Focus... which is funny to see people watch us get this huge dog out of the back seat.  I wouldn't want him back there for a long haul though. 

If you stick around here you can get so much practical information from the seasoned owners it's great!  Looking forward to following your journey with Mastiffs.  It's an amazing one.

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My experience with mastiff puppies in the car. Do not go through the auto car wash.  it scares the devil out of them and they will poop everywhere...and then the kids can't finish their Micky D's.


Linda Stuckwish


Great advice!!!

My guy used to be in a crate and once he got bigger he didn't need it anymore... so nope, no crates for us either.
And nope... no car sickness here at all.

I advise you get them use to the car at an early age though!!!!

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I advise you get the use to the car at an early age though!!!!

I'm still cracking up about the car wash

Yes, I agree about getting them used to it young. We bring our Lab with us to my in-laws', so, our new guy will be coming along, too. Hopefully, he'll get the hang of the car, just like our Lab did.

Thanks, all, for such thoughtful responses!
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yup.... i meant them, not the



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I agree crate when a puppy , no crate when older. We also have the  middle seats out . We keep the back seat in because Cole likes to look out the window.

Just a reminder no chain collar on puppy when  he is in the crate

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When Junior was a little smaller I Used to just seatbelt him into the bucket seat of the miata.....but he's kinda outgrown that.



Thank goodness we have a 4 door pick up. Hubby puts the seats up in the back & he has that whole area to himself. He can hang out the window or lay down when he gets tired.








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lololol! Love the pictures!






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lol yall are too funny.. well my hank used to love to ride , but when i had opal she pooped in the car on her first ride to petsmart for obedience training.. .. but after that no more problems .... the worst problem is probably the hair that will share with your car with and drool lol..hank used to have his nose snot all over my back window..lol.. but its worth all of it to have a big sweet baby

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Mastiffs usually love to go for car rides (like kids get them used to it early on) ...crate while young, most have a nice set up with seats removed in vans like Mary...just remember if it's too hot...leave them home with cool water, air conditioning and the TV on their fav. show...LOL..
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LOL @ Linda

I have a Kia Rondo and a Chevy Astrovan.
Cannot crate the big dogs in the Rondo.
But I do have a huge soft sided mesh and canvas crate set up in the mini van.


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Welcome!!! This board is a great resource!  I'm a huge believer in not trying to re-invent the wheel.  If you have questions, chime in here, there's tons of folks that will point you in the right direction!

I fall in line with the majority of folks here - always crate as a puppy, then go from there.  We have a Chevy Astro Cargo Van, with all of the rear seats removed, so I can easily fit three adult mastiffs, and still have room for gear.

My adults are not crated in the van.  They're used to traveling, and seem to take the, "Mom, wake me when we get there" approach.  That said, there was a point when one of my dogs wanted to sit between the two front seats, as if acting as my co-pilot.  Having him so close to the front made me nervous (what would happen if I stopped quick?) so my husband engineered a barrier between the two seats that would prevent him from trying to drive .

In addition to not leaving your dogs in a hot car, I am also a huge advocate of NOT EVER ALLOWING THEM TO STICK THEIR HEAD OUT THE WINDOW WHEN THE CAR IS MOVING!!!! It's terribly dangerous - an eye injury could be the least of your problems, and that in itself is serious. 

You're asking all of the right questions, and it looks like you will be a perfect Mastiff Mom (or Dad.)  Just always remember, our four leggers depend on us to keep them safe!

Welcome aboard!  - Margaret Warfield




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Marg, Cole wanted to drive too. Tim rigged up a baby gate so that couldn't happen.


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This is a subject I am a BEAR about.  ALL dogs (Mastiffs included), puppies, etc. should be crated whether they love travelling or not.  It is a safety matter.  If you stop short or have an accident...............minor or major, your dog will have a much better chance of coming through it without an injury.  Barriers are not crates and don't work the same way.  They just keep the dog from coming up front. 

I'm sure you all wear seatbelts....................enough said.  Please don't tell me the crates are too small.  You don't want the dog moving around too much.  If it's big enough for him to turn around and lie down...............it's big enough.  Otherwise, don't take your dogs for rides.  If it's necessary to go to the vet, dog show or something really important like training classes or anything you deem important, the dog should be in a crate.

I'm sure some of you who have been keeping your dogs loose for years will have something to say, but I'm telling you all, if you have an accident.............it's over.  And an accident can happen to anyone, anywhere.

Now I've said my piece. 

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Thanks for the welcome You all seem so knowledgeable that I'd rather ask here than reinvent the wheel! I just hope that I don't annoy anyone w/questions!

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Welcome!!! This board is a great resource!  I'm a huge believer in not trying to re-invent the wheel.  If you have questions, chime in here, there's tons of folks that will point you in the right direction!

I fall in line with the majority of folks here - always crate as a puppy, then go from there.  We have a Chevy Astro Cargo Van, with all of the rear seats removed, so I can easily fit three adult mastiffs, and still have room for gear.

My adults are not crated in the van.  They're used to traveling, and seem to take the, "Mom, wake me when we get there" approach.  That said, there was a point when one of my dogs wanted to sit between the two front seats, as if acting as my co-pilot.  Having him so close to the front made me nervous (what would happen if I stopped quick?) so my husband engineered a barrier between the two seats that would prevent him from trying to drive .

In addition to not leaving your dogs in a hot car, I am also a huge advocate of NOT EVER ALLOWING THEM TO STICK THEIR HEAD OUT THE WINDOW WHEN THE CAR IS MOVING!!!! It's terribly dangerous - an eye injury could be the least of your problems, and that in itself is serious. 

You're asking all of the right questions, and it looks like you will be a perfect Mastiff Mom (or Dad.)  Just always remember, our four leggers depend on us to keep them safe!

Welcome aboard!  - Margaret Warfield




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