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you never know what to believe Small Carrier/ Booster Seat Advisory - Center for Pet Safety

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CPS is great, in that they are making people more aware of the issues, and that they are doing SOME sorts of testing, even though I don't always agree with their conclusions.

The problem with the idea of putting the carrier on the floor behind the driver's or passenger's seat is that in many cars, particularly if the humans are both tall, there is no room for a carrier in that space. This is exactly where we put our crates in our pickup truck, but we have to fold the back seats up to fit them. They wouldn't fit in any of the family's 3 cars in this position.

That's why I really like the FB page that I posted earlier today. They are real life people, plus restraint manufacturers and dealers, who talk about the safest solutions they've come up with for various size dogs in various types of vehicles. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this, except to say that ANY form of restraint is better than none, and defensive driving will keep you and your pet safest!


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What is the facebook page you posted?
I too have read and heard that the worst place is the front seat. But darn it I like to be able to look in and check on her while I'm driving. I figure it's safer than if she were in the back because then I'd be constantly craning around to check on her and get in a wreck. I have her crate tied very tightly to the seat but that won't help with the dang airbag (which took me weeks to get a straight answer if it could be turned off finally the answer was no but it also looks like she and the crate don't weigh enough to activate the airbag in a wreck so hope they got that right), I would get a variocage if it worked sideways and in the front. I had a ruff tuff kennel for Hallie but it was a lot narrower than our varikennel and the door was narrower also. She was older than and very hard for her to turn her little body around in there. So we sent that one back.

The varikennel I use we got 2, and cut the ends off each, put the door end on the former back end of the other crate (bolted together) so now I can access her from the drivers seat and also the passenger side door.

We also have a super techno AC/heat delivery system....
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I too have read and heard that the worst place is the front seat. But darn it I like to be able to look in and check on her while I'm driving. I figure it's safer than if she were in the back because then I'd be constantly craning around to check on her and get in a wreck. I have her crate tied very tightly to the seat but that won't help with the dang airbag (which took me weeks to get a straight answer if it could be turned off finally the answer was no but it also looks like she and the crate don't weigh enough to activate the airbag in a wreck so hope they got that right), I would get a variocage if it worked sideways and in the front. I had a ruff tuff kennel for Hallie but it was a lot narrower than our varikennel and the door was narrower also. She was older than and very hard for her to turn her little body around in there. So we sent that one back.

The varikennel I use we got 2, and cut the ends off each, put the door end on the former back end of the other crate (bolted together) so now I can access her from the drivers seat and also the passenger side door.

We also have a super techno AC/heat delivery system....
This is what I mean... People have different needs, different things they find important, and different cars and dogs. There is no "one right answer". The important thing is to THINK about it, and make the safest decision you can, taking all the other things into consideration.

Like you, I would have sprung for the cost of the Variocages... but then found out that they couldn't be safely mounted in my car.

Here's the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/674493682591338/


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That's a great page I just asked to join.
Will give me a lot more to obsess about
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That's a great page I just asked to join.
Will give me a lot more to obsess about
This is our Havanese sports group that you might enjoy too!:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater


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well pooh I clicked the link but it says the page is not available? Sounds like a great group!
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My pups are currently in a snoozer lookout with Solve It harnesses. I have been satisfied with this set up but I'm not crazy with them being so high up even though they are harnessed in and connected to the seat belt. I did buy, still waiting to get it, the Sleepy Pod Click It that hooks to the tethers in the back seat. I'm skeptical they will be happy with this situation but I'm willing to give it a try. I do travel a lot with my pups so I want them as safe as possible. I think this is an important topic. Although I'm generally a positive person I like to be prepared for the worst especially when it comes to my pups and kids.
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well pooh I clicked the link but it says the page is not available? Sounds like a great group!
Friend me on FB, and I'll send you an invite. I'm an admin on that group.
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