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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-28-2009, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Car Travel With the Dogs

We travel a lot with our dogs, both in the RV and in the car. These car seats are what we use. We feel that the dogs are safe and I don't have everyone wanting to sit on my lap. By rights the dogs should be wearing a harness I guess. Since our pups immediately lay down and go to sleep as soon as we leave the driveway,we just leave them clipped in the beds/car seats wearing collars. The seats go over the headrest but also have (not showing) other straps that go around the entire seat back.

What does everyone else use for car travel?

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My guys all ride in crates.

Last summer, friend sof mine were on their way to an agility trial when a semi truck ran them off the road and their SUV rolled. They had 9 border collies in the car not in crates. Just moments before the accident, the wife had taken her seat belt off to help one of old dogs get repositioned. She spent three months in the hospital and I'm amazed to say is doing very well now. They were very lucky in that all of the dogs escaped with only minor injuries. (Although it did take quite a while and a lot of people working together to catch all of the dogs.)

This fall, another couple that I do not know were on their way to a national flyball tournament when they had an accident (not sure of the circumstances). They were not so lucky as their dogs were thrown from the car and one was hit by a passing car and died at the scene.

I had gotten lax about the crates but now insist that they ride in them.

I'd be leery of having the dogs anchored by their collar. If they are thrown forward, I'd worry that they could damage or even break their necks...


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those are beauties. They look so comfy. We use a smaller version by Outward Hound. I like the harness rather than a collar. If you suddenly stop at high speed the pressure is on the body and not the neck. I think the idea is to keep the length of the tether as short as possible yet still leave enough room for them to turn to lie down. Where did you get yours.?

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Margaret and also Dave, you are absolutely correct about the harness. I know better and shame on me for not doing it. Harnesses...today. We leave for 3 months in Sarasota on Weds...a 3 hour trip around Lake Okeechobee on 2 lane roads with everyone flying by everyone else, especially semis. I read your post to husband and he agrees that we are remiss.
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Dave,
We got the first one (smaller with the Hav in it) on EBay when we got our Welshie 7 years ago. We bought the large one (extra large model) for the Welshie when we got Rico last month and moved the larger dog over to it. You know, the second child always gets the used stuff. We got the new one on Amazon and even though it's seven years later and a larger size, we paid less than the original small one...go figure.


I'm not sure Rico's is as small as the one in the link, though. When husband gets home I'll have him measure it. I doubt that they could let the Springer Spaniel shown in the ad for the extra large one we got lay down.
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Thanks Dana ,looks tempting.

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Kodi rides in a soft dog bed made by his breeder, sitting on the seat. But he is secured there in a harness specifically made for the car. it has a wide chest pad, lined with fleece to spread the impact in case of an accident. It then buckles into the seatbelt to keep him in his seat. He loves burrowing into the deep-sided, soft bed, and falls asleep really quickly in the car.


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Well, I'm in frugality-mode. This is Tucker's elegant car seat. Ha! But, it works great. He likes to be up high enough to see out the windows, (and he is wearing a harness.) It has done what was needed with what I already had on hand.

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Too cute Sheri, just remember to take Tucker out before you throw your laundry in the washer. :-)

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LOL...not only are you in frugality mode, you're in creative mode! I love it. I'm not showing husband...
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