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All advice appreciated. :help:

I have an '02 Kia Optima (Sedan). I have begun traveling to Schutzhund every day with my Shepherd. It has proven insufficient having him free in the back seat. I prefer to use a WIRE dog crate system.

I was hoping you guys could help me with some advice on what to do. I was thinking: Taking out all the back seats and inserting a crate on top of plywood with an area for dog supplies, water bowl inside the crate and a fan attached.

Please send links if possible. Just the website and names of things is just fine. All ideas greatly welcomed, even links to setups.

1). What cage to use (travel cage or crate)?
2). What products for fans?
3). How do I secure it?
4). What is the most efficient placement?
5). What do I use to keep water in the cage that does not spill easy?
6). I need a space for his dog supplies. In what do I store those

P.S. I have seen many with wood underneath the cage. Please explain that if you know and how to utilize it. :)

I will insert links to the car exterior and interior, cage types, and fans.

THANK YOU for your help. All advice is helpful and will be taken into high consideration.

Car exterior:
http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/kia/optima/2002/oem/2002_kia_optima_sedan_lx_fq_oem_1_500.jpg

Car interor:
http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2009/06/21/21/05/pic-47061.jpeg

Trunk system:
http://www.hodgepodge.me/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/kia-optima-storage-580x292.jpg

Cage:
New Ultra Sky Kennel-Elite K-9

I know a lady with a wire crate (this is what I PREFER) where the door folds up and down and she locks it with a dog leash clip (without the leash of course).

Fan (?)
Metro Cage/Crate Cooling Fan-Elite K-9

Thanks again forum buddies.
 

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I don't like wire crates in vehicles. Had a very close call with a leg sliding under the lower rail. Bought aluminum after that. Look for Wildo on this forum. He has a nice set up that he built. I also built one on an Exlorer removing the back seat and bolting the support structure for a platform to the holes where the car seat bolted.

For fans I use 12 volt 02 cool and have a rechargeable 12 volt lead acid wheelchair type battery. They move more air (any 10" 12 volt fan)
 

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I agree about not using wire. I'd use a vari kennel. Stainless steel bucket you can clip on the door.
I have a pocket power battery jump starter that I use to run my O2cool fan, it can also jump start cars, charge cell phone/laptop, etc. I was going to buy a 12v battery, but this one wasn't much more in price. It is about the same size as a cell phone.


Brad410, riding in the back seat can be dangerous, and at training, dogs need to be crated when not on the field.
Though some people will put together the crate at the training venue. Most people that do this eventually end up with a ride that is set up w/crates and storage for equipment.
 

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Eeks I always use wire crates. I find them easier to size and fit.

Even been through 2 rollovers with a dog in the crate. Everyone was safe and sound, if not freaked out.
 

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Why not just let the dog ride in the back seat?
My dogs are good in the back seat. The GSD has a seat belt.

I volunteer at a rescue and some of the dogs don't have good car manners. It was very difficult driving with a GSD trying to sit on my lap...LOL. I ended up just using part of the seat belt system I use for my GSD on her collar to keep her in the back.

I drive a toyota corolla. When I was doing IPO with my GSD, he would ride in the back with the seat belt on and I would have his crate broken down in the trunk (not a wire crate.). We used it when we got there. I was going to get one that just snapped together, but we ended up not doing IPO anymore.
 

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Eeks I always use wire crates. I find them easier to size and fit.

Even been through 2 rollovers with a dog in the crate. Everyone was safe and sound, if not freaked out.

Never quoted myself, but boy does this make me sound like a bad driver. Only one was my fault. I swear!!!
 

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Do not restrain your dog in a vehcile by the collar! You run the risk of breaking his neck in a sudden stop or a wreck. I use a seat belt harness for restraint (Ruff Rider Roadie). Works great. Crates for training are in the bed of the truck, dogs ride in the cab. Ford is a 91 and doesn't have airbags, Dodge is newer but crew cab with no airbags in back.

Crash tests on crates for transporting dogs = bad news.
 

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Eeks I always use wire crates. I find them easier to size and fit.

Even been through 2 rollovers with a dog in the crate. Everyone was safe and sound, if not freaked out.
I am the one who had my dog's leg slide wall the way under the door of a wire crate with my car tilted on a hill. Grim was one heck of a dog. He was STUCK up to his elbow! Two men completely strange to him were on top of me pushing his entire body uphill while I was feeding his leg back through the gap. He limped for a few minutes but was fine. Another dog might have freaked out. A broken leg is a lot more expensive than an aluminum crate. After that I said "no mas"
 
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