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Old 16-04-2017, 09:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've found several other posts that have been good but all talk about crates. We have a fairly reasonable boot space but its not much bigger than the crate we have Luna in at the moment so was thinking about getting one of the car guards that separate the boot from the main car space.

We already have a boot liner so that plus some vet bed should give her a similar experience to what she has right now and it will mean we no longer have to remove the crate when we want to transport other stuff.

Are the guards safe - given the boot space isn't much greater than the crate I don't think she could get thrown any further in an accident but if going this route is there a car harness system anyone would recommend. Alternatively should we just steer clear and stick with the crate?

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The one disadvantage with having just a guard is that in an accident there is the possibility of the car's windows being broken or the tailgate springing open allowing your dog to escape.

I was involved in a really nasty accident several years ago, I needed to be cut out of the car, every window was smashed, the crate in the back survived with just a small dent. Thankfully we'd left the dogs at home that day.

I'm afraid I've since become a little paranoid over my dog's safety in the car.

If you're going to go for a guard make sure it's one specifically designed for your car and not one of the cheap universal ones that can easily be dislodged.
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What kind of car do you have? If an estate then there are lots of good quality crates that would fit.

When I first got Cola I had a coupe, massive boot but very high. I could fit a crate in but could only use it until she was about 8 months as she grew out of it.

I then had her in the boot with a dog guard and harness and hated it. I always feared that if my boot got hit she would be hurt or worse. There are harness available but not all are crash tested. I looked into getting a fitted tailgate crate but I was struggling to lift her over the boot lip so sadly decided to change my car.

She is now crated in a Transk9 and I wouldn't have it any other way. I know she is comfortable and safe! I only had the single for about a year then upgraded to a double for new pup.

For me I would always choose a crate over anything else if possible, my dogs are in the car near enough everyday.

I find having a crate it's easier to teach them to be patient and wait
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If space is limited then seat and rear door guards are useful, meaning that you can open the rear hatch without the dogs jumping out. But be sure to inform your car insurance because some insurances class them as "Modifications" http://www.mmgguards.co.uk/9.html

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With the single I still had a good bit of room to carry stuff, the double not so much but I just keep a box of stuff on the back seat as I use a lot of dog training gear.
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Its a Vauxhall Meriva - the current crate we can fit in still has some headroom when she stands but only just. I'm looking at changing the other car soon so one of the things we will be looking for is a dog friendly rear space.

Thanks for the replies, Rob.
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I have a grate designed for my car but it isn't great. it screws in to the trim and it isnt as secure as you want at all.

I prefer seatbelt and on the back seat or crated in the boot.
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