Having four medium to large dogs it was impossible to use four carriers or kennels because my car did not grow with the family. Therefore, I used the SPORN safety halter which goes under the front “armpits” and closes on top of the back. The two large D=rings then clip onto the existing seatbelt in my car. This way everyone can move about in a limited way, stay in the back seat and breathe fresh air through a 4 inch opening of the windows. This is more than adequate, they can not interfere with my driving and safe for them.
But Nancy, you know that I am an avid opponent of crates, and kennels to begin with. Yet I will concede that small ones are safer in such as long as the crate is truly well secured in the back. This way they cannot become missiles in case of sudden braking and injure passengers in the front and go through the windshield – another killer.
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The crate can’t be taken apart to go through a washing machine, so you must scrub it to clean. It also doesn’t have any sort of carrying straps, so you it’s not ideal for those who want to carry their dogs inside of it. Like all soft-sided dog crates, it’s not suitable for dogs that will try to escape their crate.
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Smaller crates should fit behind the seat — two of our cat carriers fit back there with room to spare. However, the Fit’s cargo hook tie-downs are rated to handle 220 pounds of force apiece, which isn’t enough to safely restrain a dog in a crate (at 35 mph a 50-pound dog will exert 1,500 pounds of force upon impact). So while crating a dog in the cargo area will keep it from being a driving distraction, crates may not protect dogs or passengers from injury in a crash. The rear floor between the front and rear seats is a safer place to put small pet carriers.
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These homes fold up “suitcase style” for easy transport and storage. All panels are connected and set up within seconds! They are preferred by those who take their dogs with them when travelling. Fold and carry crates are wire mesh construction. No tools are required to assemble these crates. They are perfect for the dog owner who wants a dog crate that is portable, but also very tough.Dogs appreciate consistency. A crate speaks well to being consistent. You keep it in the same place, you keep the same bedding in it and you always ask the dog to be in it to sleep or to ride in the car. Your dog will learn to trust that you are providing a safe place for them to be and this will reduce the dog’s overall stress.