They are called man’s best friend for a reason. Whether your pooch comes with you to the job site on a daily basis or joins the crew for those big family camping trips, you need to make sure while travelling they are taken care of. Under the Animals Care and Protection Act 2001 it is not specifically against the law to have your dog unrestrained in the back of a Ute. It is completely up to the owner tie or cage their dog. Although if it is deemed that you are putting the animal in compromising position, with the potential to fall, you can face some massive fines. Also if you are found responsible for an animal that falls from your vehicle you can get bigger fines and also potential jail time. None of that sounds good, but besides those consequences, you don’t want to lose your best buddy because you were too lazy to do the right thing. At MRT we have the perfect solution, grab one of our affordable dog boxes and chuck it up on the back of your ute to make sure your best friend is safe no matter where you are travelling. Here is a quick guide exploring the different options on how to keep your dog safe on your ute.

Tethers

When using tethers, it is important that you get the length and the restraint mechanism right. If the length is, even slightly, too long you risk your dog sliding off the tray. Another thing to make sure of is the restraint mechanism. Don’t go for the cheapest leash at the shop, make sure it is going to hold tight and that the dog can’t slip it. The RSPCA has a great leash that they sell specifically made for dogs on utes. They also have some guidelines to follow to make sure you are doing the right thing by your dog.

Attach the tether behind the cabin in the centre of the deck. It should be long enough to allow the dog to sit easily and lie down but short enough, so they can’t lean out over the side. Swivels are a great idea to add so that the lead does not become tangled during the trip. They also advise against choker chains. Tethers can work if you are unable to contain your dog another way, although cages are the safest option.

Although tethers are a popular option, they are not the best. When simply tethered a dog is not protected from debris and the weather. If something comes up off the road or falls from a car or tree your dog can be struck easily and hurt if they are not covered. Also, tethers offer no protection from the sun and heat. Another important thing to keep in mind if having your dog in your tray without a box is to strap down all other equipment and tools so that they don’t move during the trip and hit your dog or constrict him.

Cages

Dog cages are the safest way to travel with your pup on the back of the ute. Unlike tethers cages give a dog protection from the elements and flying objects. If there are loose branches or stones in the terrain you drive. Loose debris can fly up from the road or fall down from the trees and hit your dog. Cages offer a lot more protection for your dog by preventing loose debris. It is important to make sure that the cage you use is big enough for your specific dog. The dog needs to be able to easily sit, stand and lie down and should be well ventilated. When driving in certain conditions it should also be covered  to protect from smaller debris as well, such as rain and dust. Using a cage also prevents any risk of falling or hanging from the leash.

Weather & Options

Always think of your dog if driving in extreme weather conditions. Too common dogs suffer from dehydration and heat stress when on the back of utes. Most people are aware enough to protect from falling and getting tangled but commonly forget that dehydration and heat stress make up for a huge amount of injuries and deaths of dogs while travelling.  Make sure your cage is well ventilated and that the dog is not left without access to water or in the sun for extended periods of time. Dehydration and heat stress are a common occurrence in dogs tethered to utes on very hot days. Metal floors can easily burn footpads so take precautions such as covering the areas where the dog will lie or stand.

At MRT we design toolboxes that can accommodate for both your dog and your tools. Our MRT25D range of toolboxes are a cross deck dog box with two different sections, allowing space to keep two dogs separate or for one larger space. We also have our famous MRT25C range which is a hybrid dog and tool box. This great bit of gear allows for one section to be occupied by tools and such and one exclusive for your dog. Check out the full range on our website or at one of our showrooms in Brisbane Sydney or Perth.

Look After Your Pal

Your dog is your best friend. He’s been with you through thick and thin. He’s there for you through good times and bad. He is loyal to you, no matter what. It only makes sense that you want to bring him along on the road of life – both literally and figuratively.

Before you load your dog into the back of your ute and head out on the road, it’s important for you to do your research and find out exactly what is legally required for you as a dog owner when you are travelling with your dog. The laws in your state are put in place to help protect your dog and abiding by these laws will keep your dog healthy and happy for years to come and remaining compliant with state laws will help you avoid a hefty fine. For a well-priced and designed dog box look no further than our range at MRT. Drop in to one of our showrooms in Sydney, Brisbane or Perth or check out the range online.

Our Fitting kits are the perfect option for fitting your brand new toolbox to your ute. All kits include: 4 x Mounting Washers, 4 x Hex Recessed Bolts, 4 x 10mm Washers, 4 x 10mm Nylock Nuts.

We offer fitting services for all of our trays at our Yatala premises: 1 Computer Road, Yatala, QLD, 4220. We also offer the option of purchasing one of our kits which includes All mounting rails and bolts needed to fit the tray to your vehicle.

 

We have a large range of underbody toolboxes to suit every persons need, including our S range specifically designed for 4×4.

Our tail light protectors are the perfect option for keeping your taillights safe from damage.

Aluminium mesh protector – Fits to the front of tray above headboard and protects your vehicles Rear window from being damaged by accidental loading or movement of goods

Made from 76mm Aluminium tube, this rear rack mounts at the rear of the tray in recessed sockets making it removable when not needed.

Made from 22mm aluminium solid tube – these pegs install into the front and rear tubes to help tie off ladders etc

Galvanised steel body with dual aluminium lid, and aluminium faceplate. This drawer installs underneath your tray for extra storage.

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We have either a fixed or sliding window option for our driver side windows.

We have a range of different options available for front and back windows including: fixed and sliding options.

All of our canopies are built standard to 860mm high and we offer the option to upgrade to 1000mm.

Internal frame made with 40mm x 40mm x 2.5mm aluminium box section. We recommend this option if weight carried on the roof is a little more than just ladders, also ideal for those who like to camp in roof top tents as can safely support 300kg on roof when vehicle is stationary.

The canopy clamps are a quick release clamping system that are used to
secure the canopy to your tray without having to bolt through your tray.

Ladder racks are available on all our canopies, if carrying more than just ladders we recommend the internal support option to give a little more carrying capacity on the roof.

We are able to offer a flat Alloy finish on the canopies, this option is best if the canopy is to be powder coated or vinyl wrapped, please not that this finish does show every scratch, imperfection etc.

We have either a fixed or sliding window option for our passenger side windows.

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Our Fitting kits are the perfect option for fitting your brand new toolbox to your ute. All kits include: 2 x plates, 4 x Hex Recessed Bolts, 4 x 10mm Washers, 4 x 10mm Nylock Nuts.

Our Fitting kits are the perfect option for fitting your brand new toolbox to your ute. All kits include: 6 x Plates, 6 x Hex Recessed Bolts, 6 x 10mm Washers, 6 x 10mm Nylock Nuts.

Our keyless entry system includes:
• Control system (with 2 x remotes, 5m Power supply cable, in line fuse)
• 6 x T-Locks
*Does not include connection of power supply to vehicle
See full product here

Our keyless entry system includes: • Control system (with 2 x remotes, 5m Power supply cable, in line fuse) • 2 x T-Locks • Not compatible with 4×4 underbody toolboxes and drawers *Does not include connection of power supply to vehicle See full product here