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

November 23, 2008 | By Ashley | 16 answers | Expired: 2058 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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Diana L.
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Nov 24, 2008

I would somehow strap a crate in, adjusting the seats and try to make it level since it is a 5 hour trip. There are also harnesses/seatbelts which are safe but may not be good for a 5 hour trip. Remember to take water and a bowl, a soft blanket and stop as often as you can for some exercise and to let them go to the bathroom. I took my lab on a 10 hour trip and he did well. I let him roam but that was not the safest way. He rides very well.

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Rick
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Nov 23, 2008

I would say it all matters on how good your dog bahaves in the car. Mine know the rules very well and just ride in the seats. If your dog misbehaves in the car, I would definitely go with a crate.

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Patty W.
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Nov 23, 2008

You can go to petsmart or petco and buy her a harness that will buckle into your cars seatbelt. Or use the crate,move the passenger seat back as far as it will go with the crate on the back seat. this will give the crate less room to move or tip. Then run the seat belt through the crate handle or if the side has metal bars put it through a couple of those. It's great your taking your dog with you. Hopefully she will enjoy the ride. Wishing both of you have a safe trip.

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Springkit
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Nov 23, 2008

Maybe I'm crazy and old-fashioned, but I've always treated my dogs as fellow travellers and left them loose to move around the car. Do you drive around town with her? It couldn't hurt to get her used to the vehicle before a long trip- and to stop a few times while travelling.

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Sara P.
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Nov 23, 2008

It is great that you are taking your dog with you!! You could always get her a biger crat that would take up your whole seat. If not you can find somthing to stuff in between her crate and the seat or see if your car's seat belt will fit around the crate and "buckel" her in. Hope it all works out :)

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norap p.
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Nov 23, 2008

How nice that your dog gets to go with you! A crate is certainly the very safest way to travel without a doubt. Maybe you could put something sturdy and "seat height" in the space between your back seat and the front seat back to stabilize the crate while you are driving. A couple of those heavy plastic "milk crates" and a thick quilt or comforter might do it. There are also seat belts for dogs. You'd have to try it out to see if you dog is comfortable with it. But for a 5 hour trip she might rather relax and sleep i the crate. I think your betst bet if the crate. kea

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