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Seat for the ride home?

I mentioned over the weekend that DH and I are welcoming our pup home at the end of July. (!!!) We'll pick him up on a Saturday, drive about 5 hours and stay with my folks, then drive the rest of the way home on Sunday, about 3.5 hours. I thought it would be good to break up the trip, and we'll be making potty/play stops along the way.

So, what do you think will be the most comfortable way for him to travel? I didn't want to confine him in a crate the whole time-- it seems like a long trip to do that. I was looking at doggie car seats, and that's an option too... Then in another post here I saw that someone used a harness to attach to the seat belt and a doggie bed. That seems nice. He's a little bigger, a bit of an older pup, so he'll be about 9lbs when he comes home. What do you all think will be best for his first car trip with me?
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The Tagalong booster seat is popular with our crowd. I have one for Jack. He is about 16 lbs.


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A pet taxi, or travel crate, can be a very safe and secure space for your new pup. You can put a folded towel or a t-shirt with your scent on it for the pup to lay on with a filled puppy Kong, an Orca chew toy and/or a puppy Nylabone inside. You could use a 5-6 ft leash to attach the handle to the headrests behind and in front of the crate to secure it.

Otherwise, you will need to get an appropriately sized travel harness to secure the puppy if attaching him to the seatbelt or in a booster seat.

Be sure to have a supply of baby wipes an towels in case the pup is carsick.

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I'd go for a vari kennel type crate and stop about every 2 hours and walk the puppy. My first 4 Havanese came from people 6 1/2 hours (straight driving) from me. It takes a little longer to stop that often but I felt the dog was safer in the crate and got to go stretch at regular intervals. They all arrived happy at their new home.

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I agree with Becky. Kodi rides in a harness on the seat now, but it does take a little training to get them used to it. A harness is actually a lot more confining than a crate in some ways. It's easy for a puppy to get himself all twisted up in it if he's not used to it. In a crate, he can turn any which way.

Kodi spent a lot of time in a crate (soft sided in his case, because we were flying) coming home, between two long car rides and the flight, not to mention all the waiting around at the airport. We just gave him plenty of potty breaks and he really slept for almost the entire trip.

It will help if his breeder starts getting him used to a crate before he goes home with you. Kodi's breeder started having the puppies sleep separately in crates at night about a week before they wen to their permanent homes.

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Is he used to riding in a car at all? Does he travel to vet, etc., in a crate? If so, I think that is the safest for a drive until you get him used to a Tagalong seat...that takes a bit of training for you and him!!! Now Sir Winston runs to the car and hops into his large Tagalong seat, no matter where it is, and if there is anything in it...too bad!!! It is HIS place! I am hoping he will share with his new sister, but don't know yet..
Good luck and let us have photos soon!!!

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k_inca - you said he will be a bit of an older pup and approximately 9 lbs when he comes home with you, so I am assuming he will have had all of his shots? If you are going to let him run around and get out of the car to potty, you certainly would not be wanting to let him do that at a rest area if he hasn't had them all. The pet areas of some rest stops are totally NASTY!

When I take the dogs to the vet, I always have them in the Vari-Kennel. This last trip I had to stop a bit suddenly and Finn bumped the front of his crate - not terribly hard but I felt so bad. He also got carsick before we got home.

Flynn - I think we need a photo of Sir W making himself comfortable in your organized mobile office!

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Thanks everybody for your suggestions, and extra tips on what to bring!
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