Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
In a crate. Always. If my vehicle couldn't accomodate a crate, then a harness. But a crate is still better. Maybe not as much fun as the dog being free, but MUCH safer for dog and driver and anyone else in the car should there be an accident.
A crated dog is also going to be safer, more secure and easier for EMS or anyone else to deal with in the event of an accident. lf the driver is incapacitated, a crated dog won't be able to interfere with EMS (and possibly be killed so EMS can get to the driver and dog won't let them) and is far less likely to get loose and possibly get splattered all over the freeway.
I personally know well 2 different individuals who got into serious accidents when traveling with their dogs. The crates were ejected from the trucks... and while the crates were in bad shape, having taken the brunt of the impact, the dogs inside were fine. They would not have been fine had they been belted in or loose to roam the car.
And only plastic airline crates. Or enclosed custom metal ones. Not wire crates, which could turn into doggie skewers in a crash.
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