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Traveling in car

I am wondering if I should get a small carrier for my car?
Hard sided or soft sided?
I am not sure about leaving my puppy in the car for any amount of time alone. But should she be in one while I was driving cause I want her to be able to socialize with me while out and about.
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SOME sort of car restraint is absolutely essential. NO dog should EVER be loose in a car, for their safety and the safety of human passengers. Here's a post I wrote about a week ago, but you will also come up with TONS of other posts and ideas about what people like and use if you do a search. There is no one "right" answer... it depends on your car, your dogs and your needs. But restraint of SOME sort is absolutely essential. I've also included the current configuration of my car, but when I had just one, he rode on the front seat with me (passenger side airbag turned off) in a donut bed, and restrained with a crash tested harness:

I've learned a tremendous amount about car restraint options and safety on the following FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/6744...c_location=ufi

After doing a lot of research, I decided that the typical "pet taxi" type crates were just not safe enough in the car, and bought these instead:

Ruff Tough Kennels -

They are expensive (though FAR from the most expensive options) and not without their flaws, but NO option is without flaws. The safest crates that are sized to fit our dogs (which is important) are Variocages. But they can only be used in cars where they can be secured against a SOLID back seat... which my car doesn't have. They are also WICKED expensive!!! The RTK's were the next best option for small dogs, IMO.
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I like the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed, which gets high marks in car crash safety tests. It fits dogs/cats up to 15 lbs. Emmie is 8 lbs so it works wonderfully for her. She had the Sleepypod Mini when she was a puppy but now uses the Sleepypod Medium. I love all the color choices; her first one was Blossom Pink and now it is Robin Egg Blue. However, they're pricey.
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I like the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed, which gets high marks in car crash safety tests. It fits dogs/cats up to 15 lbs. Emmie is 8 lbs so it works wonderfully for her. She had the Sleepypod Mini when she was a puppy but now uses the Sleepypod Medium. I love all the color choices; her first one was Blossom Pink and now it is Robin Egg Blue. However, they're pricey.
Most good quality restraint solutions ARE pricey. But well worth it to keep our babies safe! My RTK crates were $130 each, before shipping. WAY more than similar sized crates from Petco, but much sturdier. (and since Kodi is 17 lbs, he won't fit in the Sleepypods)


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I had the same idea Karen, I wanted variocage but wouldn't work in my van, and then I ordered a ruff tuff (this was for Hallie) but it was so much narrower, even the door, than the varikennel she had to bend her little older body too far to turn around. The real deal breaker though was jsut one door and no way to add the second, I need a door at each end for how we're set up in the van so took 2 varikennels cut ends off both and bolted a door end to the other kennel with the door so now have 2 doors. They don't make any kennels this size with doors on end. Ruff Tuff does but not at the smaller size we need and when I called them said they doubt they ever will do the small ones.

So am always on the hunt in hopes of finding a stronger kennel I can get 2 doors on.

You can see here the black winged bolts (and our hi tech AC/heat delivery system!! ) I got some crate straps and cinch it down tight to the passenger seat. Which of course means Sophie always gets the front seat....

http://www.petautosafety.com/kennel-straps-restraints
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Have you talked to the RTK people and ASKED whether they could make you one with two doors?


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