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what is your car set up for your dog(s)?

i am looking to get another dog eventually next year and am thinking i will have to buy a bigger car to shuttle them around. I currently drive a Mazda3 hatchback and a GTI. what kind of car do you drive and what type of constraint system do you use? (crate, seat belt, etc)... pictures would be awesome... especially for those with multiple dogs!

Im thinking about a subaru forester but my husband likes the toyota 4Runner.

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I have a mini van. Both rows of back seats are out and I have two 500 crates sideways behind the drivers seat facing the passenger door (closest to the house). I can also get a 400 and 450 or 500 in the back facing the back hatch. So I can haul up to 4 dogs safely. I have a work shop mat (rubber one with the holes in it) in the bottom of each crate with a bath rug on top of that to prevent them from sliding around.


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Suburban..best truck in the world! I can fit 4 big crates.

Custom made boxes...

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I have a Hyundai Sante Fe and I keep my dog in harness/seatbelt in the center (you know, the safest part of the car and where the childseats go?). I had a friend make a simple (WAY simple) shelf to put over the floor space, so the seat is extended so I can even fit 3 big dogs.

Here's my old Isuzu Rodeo with the same setup:










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I went from a honda civic hatchback to an Odyssey minivan with all rear seats removed, 2 Midwest wirecrates in the back and room for another crate (when the puppy arrives) and equipment in the middle.
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Re: what is your car set up for your dog(s)?

haha love it guys! i knew hw innovative and creative you guys are... the ideas are inspiring! (and you won't make fun of me for considering getting a new car in order to transport my dogs like friends and coworkers will!)

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Originally Posted By: GSDBESTK9Suburban..best truck in the world! I can fit 4 big crates.

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I like your plate!!!
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Comparable to the Suburban...

We have a Ford Expedition EL that we got as a steal back when gas prices were really high.

We fit 4 plastic crates side by side and back to back, helper gear bag, and dog gear bag. I like it also because it has all the rear air controls which I consider to be essential in such a big vehicle in hot Florida.

It's also super comfortable on the highway, which I consider to be important for the Fourth phase of Schutzhund...driving!

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Originally Posted By: JKlatsky I like it also because it has all the rear air controls which I consider to be essential in such a big vehicle in hot Florida.
I love that about my Suburban too!! No matter how hot it is outside, my dogs have their own AC in the back and they are NEVER hot nor panting. My brother says he feels like he's in an airplane when I turn the back AC on.

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Originally Posted By: JKlatsky It's also super comfortable on the highway, which I consider to be important for the Fourth phase of Schutzhund...driving!
No kidding!! My Suburban is super confortable as well, feels like I'm driving a car instead of a truck.

The best thing I like about the Suburban is that when it comes to gas millage, it is the best in its class. My sister used to have a Sequoia and that thing sucked on gas 2 times worse than my Suburban.

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I second the suburban! I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine!

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