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04-11-2014 06:08 PM
Oisin's Aoire Thanks all! Jocoyn , I'll check out those fans , thank you

In my search I found out is is a violation in NJ NOT to have them either restrained or in a crate? So we were being scofflaws until now as he rode in the back of my SUV ( nicely , probably because he was being a beaver on the seatbelts lol ) unrestrained.

Dogs must 'buckle up' in vehicles in New Jersey DogHeirs | Where Dogs Are Family Keywords: car safety, restraint, New Jersey, seat belt
04-11-2014 02:07 PM
wyoung2153 Ahhh.. yeah Titan didn't like car rides to begin with, maybe that's the problem.. only now he loves them.. he just won't sit up. lol.
04-11-2014 01:48 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by wyoung2153 View Post
Any of you guys that don't use crates, have a dog that jsut won't sit up in a seat.. Titan WILL NOT sit in one seat.. he has to be laying down.. he would never just sit upright in the seat, he would bunch himself up into a position where he could fit, in a down, in the seat. Which is why we do the hammock in the whole back seat deal.. jsut curious.
Dude lays down mostly. He is still pretty little though.

We can't use a crate because he gets car sick.
04-11-2014 12:30 PM
martemchik
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Seatbelt system in the back seat of the crewcab dodge truck; seatbelt system in front seat of ford truck (has no back seat but old enough to have no airbags). The harness would keep the dogs from flying around the cab as heavy, furry projectiles were we in a wreck. Might not save the dogs, might not save me but to my mind much better than loose. BTW I recently saw an article (don't remember where) regarding crates - none of the plastic airline ones held up in a safety test.
I remember reading that all seat belt systems pretty much failed as well.

Crates are for restraint, and since the chances of a major accident are way smaller than a small fender bender that causes whiplash, IMO a crate would at least protect the dog in that situation much better than a seatbelt restraint system.

Think about it...that small moment of whiplash, the dog's whole body will probably go up against the crate wall. That means there is way more square inches to absorb the impact and energy. With a seatbelt restraint system, the dog's chest will absorb all the energy and the neck is likely to keep moving and snap back (just like a human's).

If you have the room in your car...a crate is always the way to go. I just have the black foldable ones in my car side by side. If you have the money, I'd go with this...

Variocage U.S. - Mim Variocage Dog Crate, Variocage Car Crash Safety Crate
04-11-2014 12:09 PM
wyoung2153 Any of you guys that don't use crates, have a dog that jsut won't sit up in a seat.. Titan WILL NOT sit in one seat.. he has to be laying down.. he would never just sit upright in the seat, he would bunch himself up into a position where he could fit, in a down, in the seat. Which is why we do the hammock in the whole back seat deal.. jsut curious.
04-11-2014 11:51 AM
middleofnowhere Seatbelt system in the back seat of the crewcab dodge truck; seatbelt system in front seat of ford truck (has no back seat but old enough to have no airbags). The harness would keep the dogs from flying around the cab as heavy, furry projectiles were we in a wreck. Might not save the dogs, might not save me but to my mind much better than loose. BTW I recently saw an article (don't remember where) regarding crates - none of the plastic airline ones held up in a safety test.
04-11-2014 11:16 AM
jocoyn
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Originally Posted by Oisin's Aoire View Post
Do you have a link to the fan you like? Thanks The car can run with no key for as long as I need it to. But it still gets hot in the back when you are not moving! Not like , deathly hot , but uncomfortable.

Thanks for all the replies everybody
The Ryobi is at Home Depot / Lowes

The O2 cool I have found at WalMart (fall sales are when you can snag them for a steal) .....I just clipped the A/C adapter fan and connected to a fused battery connection outlet (lighter outlet)

10-Inch Portable Fan - Fan Model FD10002A | O2COOL

This is the cadillac of 12 volt fans. The Endless Breeze. It moves more air than the O2 cool and has a sturdier case. It is also a LOT more expensive. (I bought my o2 cools for $5 each on closeout; this is a $70 fan.)
Fan-Tastic Vent Endless Breeze 12 Volt Portable Free Standing 3 Speed Fan

If you have someone handy with electric you can wire a small radiator fan with a variable rheostat and move even more air . That is all the fans for police K9 units are......though some do use the devices that clip onto the vents and move air to the back which is another option.
04-11-2014 11:00 AM
SpookyShepherd I used to keep mine loose in the back but decided to fold the back row seats down in my Sante Fe, build a "ledge" to make it level, and put crates in. Sooooo much easier for transporting them - they settle faster in the car, don't slide around when stopping/turning, don't spread mud and dirt everywhere, no chewing on anything, I can take out one at a time, I can leave the car wide open for airflow at training/trials and not worry about escapees, I can keep their stuff (mostly) organized, and... yeah, it's got loads of benefits. They are both 65-70 pounds and in standard 36" crates. In hindsight I wish I'd gotten the SUV-sized 36" crates since they are slightly narrower to fit between the wheel wells better.
04-10-2014 05:59 PM
angierose My girl wears a seat belt harness, my boy is unrestrained. A crate won't fit in the car if both of them are in there, and he has gotten out of every single restraint I've tried on him. Unrestrained, he simply puts his nose to the window to get sniffs of things. I also don't travel far or on many highways with him, whereas the girl goes on road trips with me.
04-10-2014 05:20 PM
nktigger99 I will be getting Abby a seat belt to use with her harness....she has to ride in the front seat because I don't think it is safe to have her in the back area with the kids.

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