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Old 04-26-2011, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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When you take your dog somewhere in a car, do you put him or her in a crate or do you just let your dog lay free on the seat?
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When you take your dog somewhere in a car, do you put him or her in a crate or do you just let your dog lay free on the seat?
This is something I was thinking about starting a thread on. We were considering getting seat belts for the dogs, since the SUV is not big enough for the crates. Does any use seat belts?

Right now my dogs lay free but Ace gets "worked up" and acts a little nervous in the SUV.
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Killian free roams because we haven't ordered his seatbelt and harness yet. We can't fit his crate in my camry.
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Frag has a harness that he wears for very long car rides, but generally he is loose in the backseat.

Bailey and all foster dogs are crated in the car. If I can fit a crate in my crysler concorde, you can fit a crate in your SUV, too!
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Frag has a harness that he wears for very long car rides, but generally he is loose in the backseat.

Bailey and all foster dogs are crated in the car. If I can fit a crate in my crysler concorde, you can fit a crate in your SUV, too!
LOL... yeah I would love to watch you fit both of the dogs crates in the concorde.
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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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It depends on what car and who I am driving with BUT my dog is ALWAYS secured.

If I am going to schH and driving with my friend then he is in his crate.

If I am with my father in his car, then Stark is in his harness and secured that way.

I don't drive so we are only ever in the car when people visit (Dad, Uncle, etc..) or when we are going to training via a friend (we carpool).
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Harness, usually.

I know a man who got into an accident while taking his two dogs and cat to the vet. The vehicle rolled, the dogs and cat bolted. They haven't been found.
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LOL... yeah I would love to watch you fit both of the dogs crates in the concorde.
Yes, to be fair, I don't think I could fit two GSD sized crates, but I can fit one + Bailey's crate, and a foster's crate.

Likewise, I can only have one dog seatbelted in at a time, because my seatbelts are broke and don't like up close, the dogs get all tangled and strangle themselves...
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My car is very small and my dog is loose in the back. When I have a foster with, if I don't trust the foster in the car and it's a smaller foster, I will put a crate back there.
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