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08-26-2014 02:00 PM
martemchik
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Originally Posted by Packen View Post
A friend at training uses the Variocage, there are a couple of things I do not like about them,

1. Dogs can get to the door opening latch so she has to lock the doors for safety
2. The bars on end of door are shorter, dogs chew on them
3. Overall not as sturdy as the Transk9 (has a lot of moving/adjustable parts)

Nothing glaring wrong but comparing the 2, I heavily favor Transk9 plus Jami's customer support is exemplary.
Thanks for that one! It's also cheaper...

These things are so hard to find, I googled for days before I came up with the variocage, and I've never even seen the Transk9. I also want to be able to put a crate in and keep the back seat up, my current set up doesn't allow me to do that due to the slope of the rear hatch. I guess the nice thing about the variocage is that you could put the rear seats down and extend it to give the dogs more room for longer trips or while stationary. I personally do like to keep them as contained as possible while driving, safety over comfort IMO and the less room they could get knocked around in the better.

My friend that has the variocage...I've been meaning to see how easily it would slide into my car. Problem with that one is that it only comes in a few sizes. The one you posted is basically custom made for the measurements of your vehicle which is pretty cool.
08-26-2014 01:48 PM
blackshep I had a 36" crammed into the back of my Civic and it was too small for my 70 lb female. She could curl up ok, but was not big enough for her to stand up without ducking her head, I can't imagine trying to fit a bigger dog in a 36"

I had to upgrade my vehicle. I have a minivan now, it's not sexy, but it works so much better, I LOVE IT. Seats fold flat, which gives you lots of usable space for crates. Puppers is in a 42" now and very comfortable.

I also like that in the summer I can keep the side doors and back hatch slid open and I don't have doors sticking out all over the place to get knocked or block air flow.
08-26-2014 01:39 PM
Packen
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Originally Posted by martemchik View Post
Here's the one I was looking at...but the place packen posted will actually make it fit your vehicle! I'll have to figure out what's better...

Variocage U.S. - Mim Variocage Dog Crate, Variocage Car Crash Safety Crate
A friend at training uses the Variocage, there are a couple of things I do not like about them,

1. Dogs can get to the door opening latch so she has to lock the doors for safety
2. The bars on end of door are shorter, dogs chew on them
3. Overall not as sturdy as the Transk9 (has a lot of moving/adjustable parts)

Nothing glaring wrong but comparing the 2, I heavily favor Transk9 plus Jami's customer support is exemplary.
08-26-2014 01:08 PM
car2ner there is no way we could get a large enough crate fit into our Prius. We use the back seat and a harness, a Kurgo Hammock and Muttmanager screens on the back windows.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/car2ne...57643306798255

When we get to schutzhund practice we put one seat to the cargo area down so that our dog can lay on the Chill Spot bed.

Yes, crates are safer but with the size car we have, this works well, and gives our pup access to the cooling bed on hot days.
08-26-2014 12:55 PM
Galathiel I didn't plan ahead and have a Hyundai Sonata. The biggest crate that will fit is a 36 inch (I use the varikennel plastic type). It's a little bit of a squeeze for my 90 lb dog, but he hops in just fine on his own and is eager to go.
08-26-2014 12:34 PM
martemchik Here's the one I was looking at...but the place packen posted will actually make it fit your vehicle! I'll have to figure out what's better...

Variocage U.S. - Mim Variocage Dog Crate, Variocage Car Crash Safety Crate
08-26-2014 12:31 PM
lauren43
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Originally Posted by qbchottu View Post
A large to XL vari kennel would work well - they measure 27-30" height.

I will start looking at vari kennels. I've always used wire ones because they are easier to move and aren't as heavy...
08-26-2014 12:30 PM
lauren43
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Originally Posted by Packen View Post

Wow! That thing is awesome! Better start saving lol
08-26-2014 10:25 AM
WateryTart Right now we're using a harness and buckling our pup in. She hates riding in a crate in the car (likes to look out the window and my windows are now covered in nose smudges). I feel like a crate would be safer, so I'm rethinking not wanting to block off the trunk area of my crossover. It turns out it's too small for a 36" crate, so I might be better off getting the wire gate to separate her from the backseat. She could still see out those windows, and everyone would be happy.
08-26-2014 12:50 AM
qbchottu A large to XL vari kennel would work well - they measure 27-30" height.
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