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Old 12-29-2012, 10:51 AM
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Default car rides with a dog

How do you guys secure your dog when you're driving?

For puppy class, since both of us go, one drives and the other holds Hudson. On the long drive to Ohio and back, we used a wire crate. I don't think the crate will fit him much longer and the larger crate isn't going to fit into our little cars. I've looked at the harnesses, but I think the puppy is too wiggly and I've looked at the hammock type...things. I like that idea because it gives him room, but it doesn't secure him in anyway.

So, what do you guys do?

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:54 AM
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We use a Roadie. Best purchase ever. Ever.

Siri will ride in a crate, maybe eventually a Roadie for her too. I worry since she will be quite small. She will probably end up in a Roadie in my car and a crate in Ryan's.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:58 AM
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I use a seatbelt, but Milo's good in the car. The rest of my family just lets him sit in the passenger or backseat with no restraint and he just sits there fine.

I've only ever tried to drive with one dog that was too wiggly for a harness (and I do a lot of transporting for rescue). With a puppy I'd probably just practice on very short drives (around the block) sitting and staying in a harness, maybe put a towel down and give him something to chew on?
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:59 AM
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The boot of my car is all decked out with covers and a tray, and I have a dog guard. The only worry I have is if someone rear ends me.......... and I do worry about that. But my car isn't big enough for crates, so they go in there.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:02 AM
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Crate and free or a harness. Depends on a lot but mostly free in the car.
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:12 AM
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Plastic vari kennel. Though I'd like it secured but haven't found straps I like, will probably bungee it.

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:59 AM
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Mine sleep, so they're allowed to just ride free in the back seat. Except Rage, she prefers to ride in the cargo area (we have a jeep wrangler).

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Old 12-29-2012, 12:05 PM
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Riding in a car was something I worked really hard on with Yoshi when I first got her so she's a good road trip companion.

My old car, a 01 Chevy Metro, didn't really give me any options when it came to a crate so most of the time I'll just strap her in and crack the window for her while we drive.

Now that I have a new car I still can't fit a crate but the back seat is a lot bigger so I'm thinking on what to do. So far she's just sat buckled down in the seat but I hope to find a better/safer way for her to ride in the car.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:19 PM
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We use a Snoozer car seat. He lays in it, or sits up in it, and I usually strap him with the tether it came with, but it just depends where we are or where we're going.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:00 PM
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Only one of my cars is big enough for a crate, and even then I can only fit one 36" in the back. Bear can fit in a 36", but is more comfortable in a 42", so he has a bergan. Pig normally gets belted in too, but on occasion I'll load a crate for her. I put the hammock down if I remember or if we're going on a long trip.

Both of them are pretty good in the car, especially if they're together. 99% of the time, if I just have Pig that means we're headed to class, so she will sometimes get antsy and move around as much as the tether will allow/whine and carry on a bit...she's not the most patient of dogs and she loooves school.
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