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My preference is for a crate in the car, properly strapped down. This is pretty much always the safest option.
My first choice if you want to use the "way back" section for crates is Variocage, but they are expensive, and can't be easily taken out and put back. You CAN move them, but you won't want to. So that might not fit your life-style with kids. (Gunner now makes Havanese sized crates too, but they are as expensive as Variocage, and even heavier)
My second choice is Ruff Tough Kennels. These are also very rugged, and if strapped down properly can be a very safe option.
Third step down would be a soft sided carrier, strapped to the back seat.
Fourth a plastic crate strapped in the back seat, followed by a plastic crate in the way back. (strapped down)
Wire crates are better than nothing, but not a safe choice. Most Harnesses are useless. A couple are "crash tested", and will restrain the dog so it can't harm human passengers, but at the expense of spinal injuries.
Only JUST BARELY better than riding loose are the "booster seats" sold for dogs. And riding loose is always the worst choice of all.
Below are photos of my current double Variocage in my Subaru Forester. Even though Pixel and Panda are together in this photo, when I take all three dogs with me, Pixel now rides in a RTK secured by the seatbelt on the back seat. (the two girls caused too much of a ruckus barking at passer-bys when riding together! LOL! (they're safer separately, anyway!) The second photo is when I had only 2 dogs, and a car that didn't accommodate a Variocage. This is two RTK's ratchet strapped to the tie-downs in the back hatch of our Mini Cooper.
...And remember that the BEST thing you can do to keep both dogs and people safe is to drive defensively and avoid accidents. After hauling horses around behind me in a tin can on wheels for most of my life, I am KEENLY aware that the only thing that really kept THEm safe was safe driving.
Karen, Kodi, Pixel and Panda
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