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I have also been researching this issue. Previous posts recommend the sleepypod harness system. My question about using a car crate is, won't the dog slam into the crate walls in an accident? I know you don't want them loose in the car for that reason, but I am wondering about the safety of the crate vs the sleepypod. Also, do the crates get hot when traveling in the summer?
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Luna sits in the back seat with her harness on with her seatbelt attached at her back. I have a water/mud resistant type cover in the back that prevents my car from getting too dirty. She really doesn’t mind the seatbelt, it keeps her safe and keeps me safe because she doesn’t climb on me!!
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We have a Honda Odyssey minivan. Bought it with dogs in mind. At first, we removed the 2nd row seats so that we could fit a crate in there and had it secured with tie-downs. This worked very well, until we got a second dog. While we could fit a second crate at the back of the van, it became too onerous a task, so we put the second row seats back in and switched to travel harnesses that buckle into the seatbelts. The harnesses are champion, not crash tested. Will be upgrading to sleepy pod click-its in the near future. Also, we have a soggy dog seat cover over the second row seats which saves the seats from dog hair, mud, etc.
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I have also been researching this issue. Previous posts recommend the sleepypod harness system. My question about using a car crate is, won't the dog slam into the crate walls in an accident? I know you don't want them loose in the car for that reason, but I am wondering about the safety of the crate vs the sleepypod. Also, do the crates get hot when traveling in the summer?
That was my fear about continuing to use a crate in the car. I've also read that they can collapse in an accident. I'm going to go with the Kurgo Tru-Fit harness. It's been crash tested and has good reviews. They have a lot of nice products, I just picked up the seat protector too.
The other reason I decided against a crate is size. I have a mid-sized SUV (Honda CRV) and while a small crate fits comfortably in the car now, soon it will be too much to have if we want to have any other items with us. We are tent camping in a few weeks and no way could we fit a 36" crate plus all our camping stuff in the Honda. Seat belt harness it is!


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How did you guys transition from puppyhood to big dog in a sedan? I can definitely see using a crate for a puppy just so they're not traipsing around everywhere and trying to get into the front seats but the dog I'm in the market (a Golden, obviously) will steadily outgrow its crate. There's no way can the crate go in the trunk since the trunk is completely enclosed and a separate compartment. Plastic travel crates seem far more reliable than the large wire crate my dog will grow into and uses at home but getting a giant plastic one for a puppy just seems obnoxious and then there's no more room in my back seat. I'm guessing going with the safety harnesses and just sizing up as the pup grows is my best bet.

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How did you guys transition from puppyhood to big dog in a sedan? I can definitely see using a crate for a puppy just so they're not traipsing around everywhere and trying to get into the front seats but the dog I'm in the market (a Golden, obviously) will steadily outgrow its crate. There's no way can the crate go in the trunk since the trunk is completely enclosed and a separate compartment. Plastic travel crates seem far more reliable than the large wire crate my dog will grow into and uses at home but getting a giant plastic one for a puppy just seems obnoxious and then there's no more room in my back seat. I'm guessing going with the safety harnesses and just sizing up as the pup grows is my best bet.
So we've been using the Kurgo harness for about 2 weeks now, it's going very well! Maybe because we started him out in the small crate first, he's used to laying down nicely now in the backseat, and that's what he does with the harness. So use a small crate (I was lucky and borrowed one from my sister) for the first couple of months and then move to the harness is my opinion.


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