Traveling with dog - safest way to transport?

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Traveling with dog - safest way to transport?

Post by Jana » Sat, 02 Nov 1996 04:00:00



Up until recently, I didn't really have a choice about how to transport
my dog safely - two door sedans with no seatbelt hookups will do that to
a person.  Now, though, I have a nice little truck with plenty of room in
the back for a crate.  The question is, should I put my dog in the crate
for travel, and the crate in the truck, or get one of those car seatbelt
hookups and buckle up the dog?
  So far as I can see, the crate has only one major disadvantage - Jake
will still get thrown off his feet if I make a sudden stop or start, or
turn a corner too fast.  He has a blanket in the crate, but the metal pan
is slippery.   The disadvantages to the seatbelt is that Jake is a collie
and leaves white hair all over the dark red interior, and he likes to
stretch out and nap when he rides in the car.  Would he be able to do
this comfortably in a seatbelt?
  Advantages:  the crate is already familiar to Jake as a sleeping place;
the seatbelt would take up less room.  I would like to hear from people
who have tried both methods and decided on one.  

Thanks,
Jana and Jake