Just posting the question on whether, during car rides, you crate your dog or not?
We've done both with Bailey, let her ride in just the back seat or in the back seat in her crate & it seems to me it'd be safer for both of us when she's in her crate (in case of an accident) but just wanted to get other's input on what they do.
If you are able, I would suggest using a crate. I would agree with you that it is both safer for you and your dog in case of an accident. I know that my Bailey(boy) would probably start chewing on something or pawing at the car seats or sides if he wasn't kenneled. Maybe when they are older. Otherwise the seatbelt option is definitely available.
Thanks everyone for their input; just re-enforcing what I thought was the thing to do.
I have a Ford Escape right now, so the back divider would be nice, but I may be trading for car (for gas $ purposes!!), so then just her crate would work then.
We do it both ways, depending on which car we're in and where we are going, and how many dogs are going.
If we are going to training, I take my sedan, and the dog is just in the back seat. If I go to shows, usually only taking one dog, I set up the crate and put them in it, since I'll need the crate at the show. If we are taking a family trip with my hubby and all 3 dogs, they are in the back of the Tahoe. No one jumps over, so we stopped using the divider.
we just bought seat belt leashes and they seem to be working great. I never liked the dogs loose but the crates don't fit. the leach is a six foot nylon that attaches to any harness and at one end there is a seatbelt that gets covered away once you are out of the car. It is also nice as then when you open the dorr the dog doesn't manage to escape......
I was trying to be nice and let Crockett do whatever in the car - back seat head out the window thing- until... he decided to chew on my new leather seats and try to stop a dog while driving NOT SAFE! Now, he is in a crate - he jumps right in lays down, no big thing!