Dog Car Crates

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A dog car crate is a safe and secure way of travelling with your dog on the road. It provides your dog with comfort and safety in it's own space. Here's a quick introduction to car crates for dogs.

Lots of us enjoy taking our pets on road trips with us, especially with the high cost of dog kennels. Although the sight of a dog hanging out the window with tongue waving in the breeze is a very cute image, it is not safe. It is important to keep pets secured in the car both for their own safety and the safety of other passengers. It is the responsibility of every pet owner.

In order to secure your pets during a car ride, the common and popular option is the use of a carrier or a dog crate. A great advantage of car dog crates is that they can help to obscure the view of the dog so that motion sickness can be reduced.

To make sure that you dogs are secure, you have to find a way to attach the crate to the interior of the car. In the event of an accident, both you and your dogs are safe. You can attach a seat belt to the crate to secure it. These days, dog car crates are designed to fit in virtually all cars.

Generally car crates for dog fit inside the boot of your car. They are sturdy, secure and well ventilated.

Here are some things that will help you find the right dog car crate:

  • You must consider the size of your dog before you buy any crate. You can choose whether you want a crate that will fit the front passenger side, the backseat, or more commonly, the boot. When buying a crate, you have to make sure that your dog is comfortable inside the crate.
  • If you have a hairy dog, you have to take into consideration the ventilation because hairy dogs can overheat more easily. Although crates have holes in all sides, hairy dogs may need more ventilation than others.
  • Different crates offer different protection to your dog. Soft crates will definitely offer you the least protection for your dog. So for maximum protection, you may want to choose a harder plastic crate or wire frame crate.
  • When you are travelling with your dog for a longer distance, make sure that you give your dog toilet breaks and some minutes to stretch. There can sometimes be accidents along the way so make sure that your car crate can be easily cleaned.

There are also fold flat crates that fit at the back of most cars. You may also want to consider the crate size if you are transporting more than one dog.

The most important thing here is to keep your dog secured. Letting it roam around freely in the car is not safe and is sometime illegal depending on the country you are driving in. Dogs can sometimes get excited during travel and when they are not secured, accidents can happen.

For your safety and for your dog's safety, it is best to secure your dog with a good and appropriate dog car crate.