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Q: What is the best way to travel with my dog?

November 23, 2008 | By Ashley | 16 answers | Expired: 2176 days ago

Ashley

I'm getting ready to drive home for the holidays and I'm bringing my new dog with me. I live 5 hours away from home and would like to know what is the best way to safely confine my dog in the car. She has a wire crate but i don't think it would stay on the seat without tilting over. Does anyone have any good recommendations? (she is about 50 pounds)

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Vinny C.
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Nov 26, 2008

A secure crate is the best option. If not then a doggy seat belt.

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Tony5536
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Nov 26, 2008

try a harness but if you have a big space behind the back seat put a pet bed it works for my dog make sure you something He/She likes to chew on.

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Marleydog
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Nov 25, 2008

The Easy-Rider pet harness works very well. It loops and attaches to your car's seat belt. I like the fact that it is a harness and the loop acts as a handle, so you can use it when taking your pet out for a potty break! (No need to also fidget with a leash) It also keeps your pet secured, just like people, they need to be kept safe!

If your pet is nervous, then the plastic crate may work better. Bungee cords are very useful for attaching things in your car (so they won't slide or tip). Also some "Quiet Moments" by NaturVet may help with calming.

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PinkPower23
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Nov 25, 2008

If you can't get a plastic crate(do this with both) do you know that thing on the seat that you can put your head on (head rest)get some rope and tie the cage to the head rest, even better if it has a crack on each side where the seats can fold down tie the cage (w/rope) around that,hope this/that helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-pinkPower23 :)

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karen r.
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Nov 24, 2008

A plastic crate is the safest bet. It will keep your dog confined and also cut down on what she can see. If she gets too upset, you can cover it with a sheet or blanket.

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ashley
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Nov 24, 2008

If your dog is scared put a crate in your car. But if you dont like that get a doggy seat belt them work to.

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Greenkitty44
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Nov 24, 2008

I would either try strapping the crate in or buying a doggie seatbelt for your pup. If your dog is well behaved in the car, I would just let him stay free with a collar and leash on. My dog always just lays down in the back seat. Depending on what kind of car you have...you could also get a gate so the dog could not come up into the front where you are driving. I would recommend going to a petstore and checking out the different products they offer for the car.

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Anonymous
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Nov 24, 2008

We use seatbelt harnesses for our girls. We've used those since they were both 5 months old so they are very used to them. You might want to try short trips to make sure your dog settles down and is comfortable. I would also suggest you take a few breaks to let your dog out and snoop around during the trip. Good luck and enjoy your time with family.

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Ragdollkitties
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Nov 24, 2008

If the crate won't work, you could try a seatbelt harness. My dogs wear them when we drive and they don't seem to mind. They come in a few different sizes and each size is adjustable. If you choose a seatbelt harness, I would recommend getting your dog used to it before the long drive. Good luck and have a good trip!

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Kris
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Nov 24, 2008

If you can't strap the crate in, I would try one of the seat belts that are available for pets. Before your 5 hour trip work on getting your dog used to it. Start with just sitting in the car for a short period of time not going anywhere so you can focus on the dog. Then drive short distances and build it up so the dog gets used to it. Of course, give lots of praise for good behavior and take water, etc. and plan a rest break or 2 on the trip.

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