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Old 06-17-2009, 09:47 PM   #1
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Anybody have any secrets to share. Our new Akita is now, at 4 1/2 months, 60 pounds. He will grow to be at least 115 lbs and 26” to 30” at the shoulders (he’s 22 ” now).

While this is my fourth Akita, all of the others have only been tent camping. We took the last one for an overnighter at the in-laws and she didn’t like it at all (probably because I didn’t use the stabilizers). She whined all night and kept trying to get on the bed. There was no room for that!

The next morning, while I was shaving, my wife went to see if her dad was awake. I couldn’t get out of the bathroom because Kobe was lying against the door and wouldn’t move to let me out. We have wire crates but, with all the nocturnal critters, that’s not a sleep option.

I’m thinking of removing the dinette table pole and creating a “den” for him…but, he’s going to be really big!

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Old 06-17-2009, 10:10 PM   #2
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the den is a good idea.. a few folks here do that. My next project is to build a room for my bigger male Beagle (Sticky) at the end of my guacho. The pup, who is about as big as she is ever gonna get now, which is small for a beagle, will stay in her crate. It's easy to move in and out of the trailer.

oh yeah.. quit cryin!

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Old 06-17-2009, 10:53 PM   #3
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oh, and I hope Kurt chimes in. He made a special spot for his dogs in the back of his truck cab.
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Old 06-17-2009, 10:59 PM   #4
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the den is a good idea.. a few folks here do that. My next project is to build a room for my bigger male Beagle (Sticky) at the end of my guacho. The pup, who is about as big as she is ever gonna get now, which is small for a beagle, will stay in her crate. It's easy to move in and out of the trailer.

oh yeah.. quit cryin!
So, you sleep on the floor? I guess that's an option I hadn't considered.

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Old 06-17-2009, 11:05 PM   #5
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Old 06-18-2009, 06:55 AM   #6
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Gina,
I knew you had the dogs and cat, but it didn't really sink in until this last picture.
I think I sat here laughing out loud for a minute.
That is one LARGE cat.

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She whined all night and kept trying to get on the bed.
Does she sleep on the bed at home?
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Bill, yes, he is a big boy. In outside dimensions, he is as big as the youngest dog . doesn't weigh quite as much tho.

With inspiration from Patrick, last nite I put the youngest in her crate (Jail) for all nite. She did well. Not a peep or fuss. It pays to train them early. She goes in of her own accord during the day and naps. She goes in when I say "Jail" as well. The jail is a good investment, even for big dogs.
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Old 06-18-2009, 09:33 AM   #9
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Big Dog - Little Trailer

Well - 13' Boler - 2 Adults - 1 Great Dane


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My Great Dane is 2 years old and around 125+ pounds right now - her shoulders are probably 34" plus - her head at least 42" - on 4 legs she can drink out of the kitchen faucet without a problem - - when standing she's several inches taller than me.....


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But - she sleeps on the front bench area - and we keep an extra bed for her in the truck and bring it in at night and throw it on the floor.... it's a bit of a process stepping over her and getting out to use the bathroom - - but so far so good.... I'm trying to convince the wife for Dane #2 - but somehow she's not going for it quite yet.... not sure how that would work in the 13 footer though....
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Well - 13' Boler - 2 Adults - 1 Great Dane


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My Great Dane is 2 years old and around 125+ pounds right now - her shoulders are probably 34" plus - her head at least 42" - on 4 legs she can drink out of the kitchen faucet without a problem - - when standing she's several inches taller than me.....


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But - she sleeps on the front bench area - and we keep an extra bed for her in the truck and bring it in at night and throw it on the floor.... it's a bit of a process stepping over her and getting out to use the bathroom - - but so far so good.... I'm trying to convince the wife for Dane #2 - but somehow she's not going for it quite yet.... not sure how that would work in the 13 footer though....
In the 13 footer, the two Great Danes get the camper and you sleep in the back of the truck!
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:04 AM   #11
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Does she sleep on the bed at home?
That dog did occasionally. The new pup sleeps in his crate in the bedroom or on the tile floor in the bathroom. That's another thing, he likes to sleep on a hard, cool, surface. We put carpet scraps in each of his crates and the first thing he did was to pull them out.

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He did well that week. We're taking him again next week.

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Gee dear we need a bigger trailer.

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Old 06-18-2009, 11:30 AM   #13
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With Two Newfoundlands we just get them a babysitter and they get to stay home.
Mostly I get to go by myself really which I also do not mind.

They don't think they can jump when they really only have to step up onto things and I think that is a blessing in itself.
They really do like to drive though which can make for some interesting trips!
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Gee, and here I thought we had problems with two Doxie's and a 17ft'er! LOL.................



Cute Dog, but isn't it going to grow bigger than the egg?
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