Post # 1
Currently, I use a soft-sided carrier bag when I take the dog in the car, which is most days, since I take her to work with me . I just don’t do well with her loose, although she has gotten very good at just sitting on my lap when I drive.
However, as puppies do, she is quickly out growing her carrier! Any suggestions on what to use next?
I’ve seen the dog seatbelts and they look like a pretty good idea – anybody used one??
Post # 3
No but we really want to get one for the dog we applied for! They have ones that are basically just harnesses with a leash attached at two points, and they can move around a bit. I’d like that because we’ll be taking her on the interstate a lot where speeds often get to 80-90 mph. I’d be really worried about her getting hurt in a crash.
Post # 4
I put my two cats in a HUGE plastic carrier. The dog crate kind! I put blankets in there so they don’t just slide around like maniacs.
But, that’s cats. Not a dog =]
Post # 5
I purchased one for my parents’ dog but he would tangle it all up! I couldn’t keep still and didn’t like the feeling of being strapped down. Now they put him in his kennel in the back. I have a Jeep, so I have one of those gate that goes up in the back to keep my GSD in the back. He would never like a seatbelt, since he can’t sit still either, so we don’t use them. I know it’s not the safest, but it’s better than stressing him out everytime we drive.
What breed is your dog? Do you have a backseat? They make hammock seat covers for the back seat that separate the front and back seat, you may try that. They also make nylon dividers that hook up to the front seat headrests.
Post # 6
Eva’s a corgi – about 10-15 lbs right now. She’s supposed to be up to 20-30.
Post # 7
They have a lot of different types of dog carseats/seatbelts out there. I had one that was a harness that you put the seatbelt through and she just didn’t seem comfortable in it. Plus the harness that came with it ended up being too big, and she just stepped right out of it. I decided that it wasn’t sturdy enough to do anything for her in the event of a crash, so I ended up buying a Fido Rido. She loves it because now she can see out the window and she travels with me a lot so the cost is ending up being worth it.
Post # 8
My dog and cats all travel in their own “medium” sized crate with blankets to keep them comfy.
Post # 9
I finally got an SUV and put up a barrier for the way-back. It is so wonderful! And so much safer.
Post # 10
My dog wears a harness, and his leash clips into the seatbelts of my car. Whenever we travel by car, I simply clip him to his leash and buckle him in. I just have to make sure he is nice and secure, there is nothing for him to eat, and I ONLY do this when he’s on his harness (I don’t like the idea of him being attached at the neck in the case of an accident).
You can buy special seatbelt harnesses, and for smaller dogs I think they even make special booster seats.
Post # 11
I’m having this same problem! I have a harness that clips into the seatbelt but I am a little worried about how he’ll react! He is about 2 weeks from outgrowing his crate I figure lol.
Post # 12
i ended up getting a set of carabiner clips, and a harness clip. I end up using both because harness clip is annoying to move from the front to back seat, depending on where I need Eva to ride, so I leave the harness clip in the backseat and hung the carabiner on the passenger side shoulder strap. Once she’s strapped in, My little girl is a champion traveller (though she still hates my husband’s car!)
Post # 13
Charlie just lays on the back seat, but we just got a small crossover and he can sit in the way back now. It’s quiter and there’s less stimulation with the barrier, so it keeps him calmer.