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Old 01-30-2015, 04:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you transport your GSD in the Car?

I am in the process of buying a used Lexis 450h (2010) SUV.

I've been transporting my dog (from puppy until 11 months) in the back seat of my Toyota Camry.

Needless to say, the back seat of my Camry is completely ruined. She not only chewed off both seat belts, but also chewed up the baby seat and covered just about every inch of the back passenger area with her fur.

The Lexis 450h is a SUV. I'd like to put a dog crate back there to keep things tidy.

But the crate she uses in the home is way too big for the trunk.

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**Would it okay to use a SMALLER crate, which would be tight for her, as long as it's only used while I am driving the car (normally less than 30 minutes) and maximum 1+ hour wait times when I am in the supermarket, shopping mall, etc?

I would let her just lie in the trunk but the seat belts hang from back there and I know she'll probably end up chewing them up, among other things.

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Old 01-30-2015, 04:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My 85lbs male spends his time in a 36" crate. My 65lbs female spends her time in a 30" crate. On a training day, they're in there for at least 5 hours if not longer. They survive.
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My dog isn't allowed to ride up front, but rides with both windows rolled down in the back of my sedan. I got seat covers for her. Nothing she loves more than to stare at people at red lights. I even get to see people freak out! LOL
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dogs ride all over the car. yeah they mess it up but we don't plan on ever selling the car. we're going to drive it into the ground.

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Old 01-30-2015, 05:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Dog crate 36 in. In the back. Only. As someone who has been in a rollover accident with a dog in the car. I will never ever have a dog loose in the car. Ever.
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We also use a 36" travel crate. It will be a bit tight once Bash is full grown, but he's never in the crate for very long, so he will be fine. It fits in the backseat of our 2014 Toyota Corolla just fine.
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I cram big old Russell in a 36" crate in my minivan. He doesn't seem to mind it. He's taken an 8 hour trip to a dog show in it. We just stop and let him stretch periodically.
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I have a crate in the back of my RAV4
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:32 PM   #10 (permalink)
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My male has a harness and my female is crated.
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