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A crate is definitely safer than a seatbelt or harness in the event of an accident. The only reason why we decided not to crate her for the 9 hour drive home was because the rental car was very small and Molly for some reason wouldn't come out of the crate by herself, so we were hurting our backs and hitting our heads on the door frame to reach in and get her out and I think it was super unpleasant for Molly as well. It was SUCH a pain to get her out to potty and if she didn't potty, we'd think we went through all that trouble for you not to potty?!
A crate or travel kennel was also the only way her breeder would allow her puppies to travel home on pickup day. We used a kennel but now that she's big, it's too difficult to use one.