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Old 01-20-2013, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I guess I always knew these existed, but today I saw a collapsible crate that advertised as perfect for keeping in a car. I love the idea of having a small item in the car that pops up into a crate that contains my often very dirty pup. It would also prevent a dog from distracting the driver or getting in the way. At the same time, I cant image that the pop up crates are any safer then having a dog loose in the car during an accident? Right now we use a seat cover in the backseat and she alternates between hovering over my shoulder and sleeping on the seat. We have also considered a metal screen or net to contain her in the very back of the vehicle (SUV trunk type area) and was considering the pop-up crate in lue of this.

Because I use my car for work, I cannot have the seats down and a metal crate in the car at all times, and we go to the park/etc 5-7 times a week. When we go to the park she gets absolutly filthy, hence the canvas cover in the back seat (which does not have seatbelt holes).

So what do you do? Do you let your dog ride loose in the cab, use a seatbelt harness or booster seat with harness? Use a cargo net to contain the dog in the back of the vehicle. A solid crate in the back or in a truck bed?
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when we had a car we used a metal grate and that worked really well for our lg dog and for our little dog she had a booster seat cause she got car sick in the back but as long as she could she out the window she was fine.Now Kruz has a bike trailer just for him when we go camping and touring he loves it .
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We use a fleece blanket to cover the back seat quickly, and then use a harness (Ruff Rider Roadie) to secure the dog to the seat belt. Considering our "big" car is a Honda Civic, we wouldn't be able to fit a crate large enough to fit a Spoo in the back seat, and just putting the dog in the back seat without any restraint wasn't an option because it's law in New Jersey to restrain your pet in a moving vehicle. But even if we had a bigger car that could accomodate a crate, I still think we'd use the harness-tethered-to-a-seatbelt method because the seatbelt and harness are made to protect the dog (and us) in an accident. I'm not certain how anything we latched a crate to in the car, or the crate itself, would fare in an accident.
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when we had a car we used a metal grate and that worked really well for our lg dog and for our little dog she had a booster seat cause she got car sick in the back but as long as she could she out the window she was fine.Now Kruz has a bike trailer just for him when we go camping and touring he loves it .
Do I have this right, you camp on a bike? That is awsome! Do you ride from home to local places, or take a bus to more rural locations? Can fit your gear on the bikes?

We do a lot of kayak camping, but it involved a car, and lots of gear
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We have two options that we use: seat cover with harness-tethered-to-a-seatbelt method and we have a 36 inch crate in the very back of the SUV secured to the hooks in the car with bungi cords. We didn't get the bars or cargo net between the back seat and the storage area because in an accident Fritz would be tossed around in a wider area.

My question with the pop up crate would be how do your secure it so it doesn't move. Also, I would think you would still need a protector on the back seat as the dog would first jump onto the seat and then go into the crate assumming you have a spoo.
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My question with the pop up crate would be how do your secure it so it doesn't move. Also, I would think you would still need a protector on the back seat as the dog would first jump onto the seat and then go into the crate assumming you have a spoo.
We recently got a new car, so we are investigating the options for that one. In my basic sedan a crate cannot fit (popup or not), hence the seat cover. But our new vehicle is a small SUV. The cargo area is about 2*4, so large enough for a dog, but not a crate. We plan on getting a cover for the cargo area regardless, but have not decided if it will be more of a dog cover, or a rubberized mat. The seats have a 40/60 split and the 60 side would have to be laid down and the crate attached to a floor D-ring. But I don't think that a nylon collapsible crate would hold up well in a real accident and would probably tear loose from the D-ring.

We will keep the sedan for a bit since it has almost no resale value, and it will continue to be the dog car until the new car wears off a bit
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I want a "dog car"...that is awesome!!!

Fifi had a harness seatbelt and also a booster seat. I felt that the harness seatbelt was more secure so we mostly used that. For Noodle, I just ordered an Argo by Teafco Pet Avion Airline Approved Pet Carrier, Black, Medium that has a seatbelt loop in the back for autos. I also have a small crate for him.
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I always have poodle in crate in my car-for his/her safe and mine,as we are going for short or long drive.It is very said to hear that something went wrong with dog only because not being in box or crate.
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I have a canvas crate that can - with a bit of effort - be collapsed, but which is pretty solid once set up. It is big enough for my two toys, fits onto the back seat while leaving room for one or two passengers, depending which way round I put it, and can be made very secure by looping the handles over the seat headrest. I hunted for ages for one that would clip to seatbelt sockets, but couldn't find one. A fleece blanket or towel underneath it takes care of any muddy paws that might hit the seat. Best of all the dogs love it - Sophy is rarely car sick since I got it, and Poppy settles more easily when she can't spend her time trying to look out of the window. I like the security of knowing they are safely within the cabin of the car, as protected as human passengers would be - too many rear end shunts to feel happy leaving them in the boot, even in a hatchback!

I've used a harness in the past with good results, but it gets a bit time and space consuming with more than one dog.

I'm impressed that New Jersey has legislation requiring dogs to be properly restrained in cars - here people who would not dream of driving without a seatbelt seem oblivious of the risks of having their dog loose in the car. I see any number of dogs sitting in the front seat, or lying on the parcel shelf, in cars doing 80 miles an hour down the motorway...
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We use a fleece blanket to cover the back seat quickly, and then use a harness (Ruff Rider Roadie) to secure the dog to the seat belt. Considering our "big" car is a Honda Civic, we wouldn't be able to fit a crate large enough to fit a Spoo in the back seat, and just putting the dog in the back seat without any restraint wasn't an option because it's law in New Jersey to restrain your pet in a moving vehicle. But even if we had a bigger car that could accomodate a crate, I still think we'd use the harness-tethered-to-a-seatbelt method because the seatbelt and harness are made to protect the dog (and us) in an accident. I'm not certain how anything we latched a crate to in the car, or the crate itself, would fare in an accident.
that sounds like the harness that they put on Teddy for the trip "home" - I never saw one before - I must get one for Ginger since I will probably take her with me everywhere now that she hasnt got her buddy Teddy!
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