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I've been using Rex's crate to travel in the car but it's kind of a pain in the butt to get in and out as it's pretty big (just has a divider right now since he's still small). Wondering what you all use for traveling? I don't really want a plastic crate. Do any of you use "car seats" ? How did your dogs do as puppies with this? would love pics!
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I ordered this for Cooper, not here yet though yet. I've seen it on other online sites, prices vary also. Hoping it gets here before Thursday, vet visit day.
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Our older have sits in myh daughters booster seat :P doesn't hold her in at all but she likes the added height to see out the window. I wasn't sure of how well the puppy would take to the car so I bought her a puppy car seat which she HATES!!!!! she tries to throw herself out of it if someone is not sitting right next to her so i am afraid she'll stramgle herself. So I have resorted to buckling her harness to my daughters booster and letting her ride with my older hav....
I still worry about Vanilla being thrown in an accident so I would love to hear what everyone else uses
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Bear is 14 weeks old and she sits in the footwell on the passenger side of the car with a car harness (basically a harness with a belt that attaches to the harness and clicks into the seat belt thing). She happily lays there and when she wants to go to the toilet (or is uncomfortable/hot) she just gives me a little whine to let me know. She's good like that, has never whined unless something is wrong. She loves car rides so maybe that's why she's happy just sitting there. I first started training her to sit on the passenger side seat but figured out that wasn't very practical if I have a passenger! She has transitioned to the footwell really well and only tried to jump up on the first car ride. Now she's completely fine with it. Oh and I usually put a bone/snack/treat in the footwell with her so she has something to occupy her.

P.S Forgot to mention that I don't have any back seats as I drive a convertible but if I did have back seats, I'd get that booster seat that Rory and Laura just posted! Looks great!


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My guys love this booster seat with clip to clip them in by a harness. They can see out, and sleep. Lucy is only comfortable in the car when she's in this seat. We've traveled to Florida and north to Canada with the dogs and they just love these.

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ditto on the solvit jumbo tagalong
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Rosie has the same one. She hates the car though. Pukes no matter whether I am holding her or she is in the seat. I have to sedate her and put in a plastic table cloth for when she wakes and pukes. We don't travel with Rosie unless it is a have to case.
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Pepper wears a harness made for car travel. It's got a nice, padded chest area and the strap has a big clip that clips to the seat belt to keep him safe. I love the booster seats though! I need to get one for him, I think he might like riding even more if he could see out the windows.

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Use the Search feature for more threads about car seats. There are several with good info and photos.

Both my dogs are using Kyjen Outward Hound Elevated Booster Seat, size Medium:

I added a $6 plush donut bed from a big box store for them to snuggle in.

What I like most about it is that it was designed with safety in mind. In addition to a strap that attaches to a d-ring [collar or travel vest/harness], there is also a seat belt that goes through the loop on the back of the travel vest/harness.

For a small puppy, one might want to use a small plastic kennel such as a PetMate™ 2-Door Top Load Kennel. Just make sure that it is secured in place so the puppy doesn't become a missile if you have to slam on the brakes.

And, Please avoid great sadness by securing your dog in the back of the car and Never allowing your dog to ride in the front UNLESS the airbags have been Disabled.

Just as it is unsafe for a small child to ride in the front, it is much worse for a very small puppy or dog.

That's my lecture for the day.

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When Beau was a real little puppy, I used a puppy car seat (see pic below). Unfortunately, he grew and the seat became difficult to support as it was hanging from the headrest. And so, I got him a booster seat. He loves it!! I'm pretty sure that he thinks he's my co-pilot!! If I wasn't afraid my husband would have me committed, I'd get him a pair of Doggles to complete the picture!!

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