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lauren43 08-25-2014 07:16 PM

Crates for GSD in the car?
 
Does everyone use small crates for the car? I'm planning on buying a 48" for the house but that will never fit in the car. My last large dog maxed out at 60lbs so a 36" crate was fine for him all around but I would imagine it would be rather small for an 80lb GSD, no?

Liesje 08-25-2014 07:43 PM

When I used to carpool to Schutzhund with my friends, we took 4 intact male GSDs and one smaller dog in my minivan, plus 3 people. All the GSD crates were 36". It was a bit tight for the 95lb GSD but OK for a day of training (about 2.5 hour drive each way). I often carpool to flyball tournaments with my friend and her rear crates are 36" SUV crates (so they are even more narrow than a normal 36") and my adult male, Nikon, rides in one OK. Normally I bring along a 42" especially if it's hot, and I keep him in that between races.

dogfaeries 08-25-2014 08:27 PM

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Originally Posted by lauren43 (Post 5944473)
Does everyone use small crates for the car? I'm planning on buying a 48" for the house but that will never fit in the car. My last large dog maxed out at 60lbs so a 36" crate was fine for him all around but I would imagine it would be rather small for an 80lb GSD, no?

I have three 36" wire crates in my minivan, and I can cram 85 lb Russell into one of them. In fact, when I open the side door of the minivan, he dives into his crate on his own. It's fine to transport him places. He has a 42" crate for home, that he doesn't spend much time in.

zetti 08-25-2014 08:55 PM

We use 500s for adult GSDs in our SUV. At home, they have 700s to lounge in.

Packen 08-25-2014 09:11 PM

Every car/truck/van/SUV is different, you have to make best use of space and maximize the safety aspect. In my experience custom built crates for the space made the best choice.

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Mister C 08-25-2014 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Packen (Post 5944753)
Every car/truck/van/SUV is different, you have to make best use of space and maximize the safety aspect. In my experience custom built crates for the space made the best choice.

I agree with you and am currently trying to decide on vehicle. What vehicle are you using, if I may ask?

ETA: reason I'm asking is that I like your rig!

Packen 08-25-2014 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Mister C (Post 5944969)
I agree with you and am currently trying to decide on vehicle. What vehicle are you using, if I may ask?

ETA: reason I'm asking is that I like your rig!

Thanks. The top one is a Chevy Tahoe, the bottom one is an Audi Q7. My criteria is to have 2 solid kennels yet have the 2nd row seats available.

MilesNY 08-25-2014 11:04 PM

I drive a mini van so my sheps (90lbs and a leggy 63lbs) get 40" vari kennels. My border collies get 32" vari kennels. When I was driving a smaller car my big male shep fit fine in a 36" in my back seat. I do prefer him in a 40" though. In the house they sheps have 48" wire, but soon are going up get some sort of indoor kennel. Like 4x5 or 4x8....

lauren43 08-26-2014 12:16 AM

Yea I have a Rav4 and I'd like to crate my new pup in the car, though I'd like to find a way for two to fit [though I'm pretty sure it's not possible without the seats down permanently]

Anyone have suggestions for mats that fit the whole back? Esp when the seats are down..

Packen 08-26-2014 12:35 AM

Rav4 is a great doggy mobile!
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