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    DefaultCar Crate or Car Cage?

    I REALLY NEED a cage or crate because so far she completely destroyed the following in my car.

    1. Rear seat belts. She chewed them and cut them off.
    2. Rear window defroster.
    3. Boot upholstery

    After she destroyed the boot upholstery I have placed on the boot floor aluminium panel. I also have guard bars but she managed to destroy the seatbelts.
    I'm between car crate and car cage.

    The bad thing with car crate is that the dog has to lay down the whole time without looking outside. With car cage he can sit and even stand up and look around. Cassie loves to turn around her head and look around.

    I will take the car to the garage to fix the seatbelts and the rear window defroster and then will get a crate or cage.




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    I have a crate made specifically for the car model.

    They are hardly ever in the crate long enough for me to worry about what they can see outside the car and you are in serious trouble if she wants to chew the roof lining !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samson View Post
    and you are in serious trouble if she wants to chew the roof lining !
    darn it! I haven't thought of that! I DEFINITELY need a cage ..or a crate.




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    I have a 36" wire crate that fits perfectly in the rear of my SUV. It has a door on the wider side, so it is easier for the dogs to get in and out.

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    The car crates are lower than home crates. So I have to find a home crate that fits in the rear of my SUV.




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    I vote for a crate, as it is something you can easily take out of your car should you want to. I can get 4 crates in my van, two are easily removed, and two take a bit of a struggle, and scratch the interior of the car each time I do.

    There is someone on this forum that had custom "cages" made for her car that were REALLY awesome, and allowed the dog to exit from the side or rear, just on case there was an accident, and the dog could get out the side door or the hatchback.


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    If you made the crate so the dog can get out of the side than means you sacrifice the rear seat because the crate will be on the rear seat, next to the door. Another thing you can do on a crate is to open a back door and if you lower the back side of the rear seat the dog can come out.




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    It depends on your vehicle, and how much your dog is with you. I bought my mini van based solely on how many crates I could fit in it (had to be at least four). When I was van shopping, I took a tape measure, and the middle and rear seats had to be either stow-a-ways or totally removable, and the seller had to dispose of the removable seats. I do not ever want to be in a position where I do not have multiple dogs!

    ETA, I also do board and train dogs, so I HAVE to be able to carry four (wish more) four dogs at once.
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    I put a plastic crate in the car to stop Gems jumping around howling and trying to get on my knee while I was driving. I preferred the crate as I need the boot for plants for work.
    What if you gave a chew toy or kong while in the car and harness. I never left the dog alone if I couldn't trust them. I was a bit nervous with Erns and he is a terrible chewer, but touch wood has never touched the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belles mom View Post
    I vote for a crate, as it is something you can easily take out of your car should you want to. I can get 4 crates in my van, two are easily removed, and two take a bit of a struggle, and scratch the interior of the car each time I do.

    There is someone on this forum that had custom "cages" made for her car that were REALLY awesome, and allowed the dog to exit from the side or rear, just on case there was an accident, and the dog could get out the side door or the hatchback.
    Felicia has custom crates. They are awesome.

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