Build A Dog Box For A Truck

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If you like to carry your dog along almost everywhere you go, and you may worry about their safety during the trip. They love to sit in the cabin with you, their heads dangling out the windows and ears waving in the breeze. As sweet as this is to see, it is not secure for either you or your dog as even the most well trained pooch may be tempted to move around on the seats and end up in the your lap.

If you have to transport your dog and especially if you will be by yourself in the vehicle, the best option is to get a dog box mounted in the back of your truck. Dog boxes are available in wooden and aluminum models and come in a variety of sizes to carry all kinds of dogs that might be required to to be transported. The setback is that purchasing a dog box can cost anywhere between $300 – 650 for singles and in excess of $2000 for boxes that can hold 3 or more dogs. If this is not in your price range, you can build your own dog box for just under $100 to safely and comfortably carry your extra family member in your tuck.

How To Build A Dog Box For A Truck

Required Tools and Materials

Tape measure


Box material (wood, aluminum, or hard plastic coated with polyurethane or vinyl this guide describes building a wooden box as this is the most affordable material).



Sand paper/ Electric Sander

Hammer and Nails or A Nail gun or carriage bolts

4 Latches

Mesh grating

2 sets of small hinges

1 Handle

1 yard of thick carpeting

Staple gun


Step One

With the tape measure, determine the dimensions that will be needed for the dog box and write them down. Measure the height, width and length that the box will take up in your tuck, making sure that the very top of the box will not block your rear view mirror and that your dog will be cozy while sitting in the box. Also determine the height of your dog for the entrance you will make in the front of the dog box.

Step Two

Mark the dimensions you have measured onto the wood with pencil and with the saw or a woodcutter, cut out the shapes needed to create the box. You will have six pieces when you’re finished: A floor, four sides (one side containing a door for entry and exit) and a top.

Step Three

Using the drill, make small ventilation holes in at least two sides of the dog box. Do not make holes in the cover or floor of the box to prevent water from getting in. After drilling, ensure that you sand down the sides that will make up the inner part of the dog box. Cut out a square or rectangle from the side that will be the front of the box. This will be the door.

Step Four

Piece together the box using the hammer and nails, nail gun or carriage bolts. (Persons using aluminum will need to weld each of the sides together). Secure the top, 3 sides and base to each other, excluding the front with the cut out for the door.

Step Five

Using screws and hinges, secure the door that has been cut out to the piece being used for the front of the box. Be sure that it swings freely, opens outward and closes tightly. Add the latches to the door; add one to at the top and bottom and two on the opposite side from the hinges.

Step Six

Cut out carpeting and secure to the floor and sides of the box using the staple gun.

Step Seven

Attach the front panel with the door to the box using the hammer and nails, nail gun or carriage bolts and attach handle to exterior.

Step Eight

Paint the exterior of the box with a sealer or water resistant paint and decorate

Step Nine

Drill eight small holes into the bed of your truck and eight duplicate holes (four on each side) through the wood of the box that line up. Using the large screws and bolts, secure the box to the bed of the truck.

Step Ten

Test your dog box without your dog. Put in a few full water bottles to mimic the movement of your dog during a drive and ensure that the box can’t shift on rough roads or when driving uphill.

Tips and Warnings

1) Use safety equipment (gloves and goggles) when handling nail gun, sanding or sawing.

2) Double check all measurements before cutting wood.

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