Dogs in cars

(21 Posts)
lemonbeaver Fri 01-Apr-11 18:13:04

Where does your dog sit if you have to take him in the car by yourself especially if you only have a two door peugeot 206?

Thats it really, just wondered what the law was reguarding this.

Kirisox Fri 01-Apr-11 18:14:50

Sit wherever you want, as long as he's secured and safe and can't interfere with you driving or be thrown about in an accident

Avantia Fri 01-Apr-11 18:39:24

You can get harnesses to attach to sealt belt so they can be on the seats secure.

Have got one but haven't worked it out yet.

AprilRose Fri 01-Apr-11 18:47:18

Mine always goes in the boot. She's a labrador, and can't seem to sit comfortably in the front/middle, plus I'd be forever flinging my arm out everytime we went round a corner. In the boot (parcel shelf removed, obv!) she can stand, which she seems to prefer. Also - I feel like she's safer in the boot as it's a nice contained area.

I have a Ford Fiesta, btw, and have managed to fit two labs and a rottie-cross in the boot. I never realised it was so spacious!

TheFlyingOnion Fri 01-Apr-11 18:47:37

Mine's in the boot with a dog guard (Renault Clio). I feel its pretty safe and it limits the mud...

chickchickchicken Fri 01-Apr-11 18:55:07

2 younger dogs sit in the boot of my estate car. my oldie sits next to me on front passenger seat unless we are coming back from the vets in which case she chooses to sit on the back seat until she has forgiven me for taking her to the place she hates the most!

Jaynerae Fri 01-Apr-11 19:40:22

Mine are in crates in the boot, have an estate so plenty of room, have to have beagle in crate as she would cause chaos. Cavie can wear his normal harness and seatbelt attachment (£7.99) and sit on seats happily, but wouldn't risk it with beagle!

emptyshell Sat 02-Apr-11 14:31:41

I've got a seatbelt clip harness I use in the dodgem... needs to be a harness, not a collar in case of a crash but it essentially tethers him to a seatbelt fastner... cost about £20ish if I recall and I got mine from Kennelgate if you've got them anywhere near. He tends to cabbage out all over the back seats with his nose hanging down off the edge.

You do still get some busy bodies thinking the dog's not restrained and tut-tuting though.

Cats49 Sat 02-Apr-11 19:18:17

My dog curls up in the footwell behind the front passenger seat. I feel she is safe there as she can't be 'flung' anywhere if we brake suddenly or in accident but I probably should get a seat belt harness thing.

gabity Mon 04-Apr-11 12:33:02

flying onion what dog guard are you using on your Clio? I am looking for one for mine but can't get one with a good fit, have returned 2. Just off the phone to Renault, £130 for a guard from them. shock Will pay it if I have to, but asking just incase. Thanks smile

chickchickchicken Mon 04-Apr-11 15:26:08

i have the renault laguna and after taking two cheapie dog guards back (argos and halfords i think) i bought the renault one and it is fantastic. doesnt move at all, and easy to take off if we need to. it was about £130. i have since seen them on ebay but its pot luck that someone is trying to sell their car and selling the dog guard separately
if you plan on keeping your car for a few years would recommend the renault one as its made specifically for your car

weimy Wed 06-Apr-11 21:40:03

I have three dogs, i do have an estate but the girls are in a crate at the back and the boy has a doggy seat belt and sits on the back seat.

Kleftico Wed 06-Apr-11 21:46:36

Having been in a crash with a 35kg dog in the boot I would always go for the branded dog guard that fits your car I.e. Renault or whatever or a cage. Harness is fine, but dog should be in the boot. No question. A flying dog in a crash is a hazard to you and other passengers. Don't ride with your pooch up front it's too distracting and quite frankly anywhere other than the boot is dangerous.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 06-Apr-11 21:47:21

I'd guess that you probably shouldn't have your dog on the front seat if you have an airbag - given that its meant to be a bad idea for very short people.

Our dog used to travel unrestrained on the back seat blush but now goes in a crate (one of the fabric sort). Safer, and contains the mud!

If I had a small hatch I guess I'd get a dog guard and put him in the boot.
Might depend a bit on the size of dog though

1MitchellMum Sat 16-Apr-11 18:28:27

Like Weimy we have two girls in a crate in the back and a boy on a seatbelt on the backseat. All products from www.safedog.co.uk. Tried the Halfords dog guard years ago - it collapsed when I got hit from behind (and not at that great a speed!)

TheMonster Sat 16-Apr-11 18:32:28

I have one in the boot and one with a doggy seat belt in the back seat.

TheMonster Sat 16-Apr-11 18:33:00

I had a Halford dog guard too, 1MitchellMum and it collapsed when the dog jumped against it. Rubbish!

TheFlyingOnion Mon 18-Apr-11 16:35:27

Sorry only just seen your question, OP. I have a cheap guard which fits across the back of the rear seats and has extendable sides.

I think it was from Argos or somewhere, but its secured with cable ties and seems sturdy enough. It can't be moved in and out easily though which is a bit of a pain....

Anythingwithagiraffeonit Mon 18-Apr-11 22:44:22

We used to have a 206 and put our dog in the boot... Bought a cost blanket and even a few toys back there, he loved it!

Now we have a Landrover and he likes it less because he can't see out the window... :p

hmc Mon 18-Apr-11 22:48:21

Agree with Klefitico 100%. People before dogs - and my Bernese Mountain Dog could probably kill my dc if flung around in a crash. I have the branded dog guard bespoke to my car

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