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06-18-2014 10:27 AM
Shade I have a plastic varikennel for my cats, large enough for both of them to fit in. We had a 2.5 hour trip from the breeders and I picked him up by myself so I cleaned it throughly and put in a old towel and he slept most of the way as my hands were busy driving. He did throw up once so I'm glad he was in the kennel and it was very easy to clean

I think your list is good, it really doesn't matter whether the dog is held or crated. I'd go with whatever keeps the puppy and humans happy
06-18-2014 10:16 AM
AnyaGSD I keep a home depot 5 gallon bucket with lid full of paper towels, trash bag, lysol wipes, water etc.

If she does something "bad" don't pullover right away. Don't let her think that behavior causes the car to stop.
06-18-2014 10:14 AM
AnyaGSD my girl gets car sick really easily. Its getting better, but usually has throw up or insane drooling. 2 people really helps, and not sliding around.
06-18-2014 10:13 AM
namvet4 Sarge's breeder was an hour and half away by car. We went with the towels, baggies, wipes, toy, etc. that we learned about from the good advice on this forum. My Daughter held him in her lap.. While the drive down was only an hour and half, the drive back was twice that! (traffic jams!) We were lucky.. a crate would have been nice though!. just my 2 cents....
06-18-2014 10:09 AM
Broncs
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I'm in Atlanta! I have tried to look for a type of classified or a Facebook group related to pets and haven't had any luck. Cheap would be good since he'll outgrow it so soon. I'll keep looking around. Thanks for the advice!
I did a little looking and found several FB pages for pets and pet rescue under Fulton and Cobb county pet. I would get on those sites and ask! I don't know what it's like down there anymore but up here I would ask if some one would lend me one for a couple days. Stuff gets lent out all the time on our FB classifieds.
06-18-2014 08:39 AM
VTcoach Probably not a good idea to have a new puppy held in the car for a long trip. They may settle down and sleep on the floor, or more likely, they will be scared and restless and of course get car sick too. A crate is the best idea for all involved.
This is what I strongly recommend for my customers, even if travelling only and hour or two. Good luck.
06-18-2014 07:57 AM
JakodaCD OA take lots of paper towels as well Ya just never know!

I wouldn't use a soft sided crate, that can be easily scratched thru, if they are having a hissy fit..

Definitely ck craigslist, and then if / when he out grows it, resell it

Congrats on your puppies..
06-18-2014 07:55 AM
sarahp
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If you plan to crate train him I would get as big a crate as you can fit in your car and I would buy a used one! I don't know about where you live but we have at least 20 different Facebook classified pages for the area and two are just for pet stuff! I see crates all the time for sale. Maybe you can pick up a smaller one for cheap just to get him home and when he out grows it. My 9 week old travels with me in a large crate all the time.

Hope this helped!
I'm in Atlanta! I have tried to look for a type of classified or a Facebook group related to pets and haven't had any luck. Cheap would be good since he'll outgrow it so soon. I'll keep looking around. Thanks for the advice!
06-18-2014 07:52 AM
sarahp
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You may want a smaller crate for him to sleep in anyway, so would it be possible to get one that will fit in the car for now, and then buy a bigger crate when he outgrows it? Do you know anyone who could loan you a crate temporarily? You could also check Craigslist for a used one.
That's what I was thinking. I could fit a 24" for sure and I could probably fit a 28 in the backseat. I figured it would last probably the first month of him being home until he outgrows it. I haven't found a downside to crate training so that's what I'm planning on doing. I did think about Craigslist! And yay, a screaming puppy! Can't wait hopefully the cuteness factor will outweigh that
06-17-2014 09:36 PM
pr3dict Im almost in the same boat as you. my puppy will be 8 weeks old july 1st and I will be picking her up july 6th. It will be a 6 1/2 hour drive. I am planning on flying to the breeder and driving in a rental home. I also was not going to bring a crate and just have the puppy hang out with my girlfriend in the back seat or front seat. Any thoughts on that?

We also were planning on stopping every once and awhile to go to let the puppy go to the bathroom (if she doesnt do it by herself) and lots of towels and some food + toys...

so basically, is a crate necessary or can I use one of those back seat hammock type things or can we use nothing at all?
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