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luckylambchop Wed 02-Nov-16 17:41:40

Hi all. We're collecting our greyhound on monday and unsure what to buy to get him home safely. We're thinking of a Bergan harness but feel like we are guessing on the size. I know dogs have to be restrained in cars so just wondering what everyone else does please?

SexLubeAndAFishSlice Wed 02-Nov-16 20:24:41

How far is the journey home? I'd just wait until you have the dog when you can measure for a properly fitting harness. My greyhound travels in the boot, not restrained blush he likes to move position when we're travelling and I have tried restraining him before, by attaching a lead to an anchor point in the boot and clipping it to his collar, but he got up to move and got himself tangled, he panicked and started screaming (the greyhound scream of death -GSOD- you'll get used to it). He doesn't 'do' harnesses either. Tried one and he wouldn't move. Honestly, greyhounds are such divas! LittleDog (Border Terrier) is harnessed with an RAC harness on the backseat.

intravenouscoffee Wed 02-Nov-16 20:27:42

Our greyhound also travels unrestrained in the boot. If it's a longer journey (more than 10 mins) we chuck his bed in and he curls up and sleeps.

Enjoy - they are wonderful diva dogs.

luckylambchop Wed 02-Nov-16 20:44:15

Thank you, it's about 60 miles but it's a hellish journey so normally takes a couple of hours.

SleightOfMind Wed 02-Nov-16 21:09:37

I'd second the boot. Are you getting an ex racer? They're good travellers as long as they can adjust position from time to time. They're quite used to going long distances in crates in the back of vans so a boot is the best domestic fit iyswim.
Congrats btw, they're such lovely dogs. We've got a proper duchess and scooby doo! Be prepared for their character to come out and grab you by the heart!

Hoppinggreen Thu 03-Nov-16 14:53:33

Our Goldie goes n the boot of my car (4x4)

AnUtterIdiot Thu 03-Nov-16 19:49:20

We drive a Rav 4 and have one of those grilles you get from Halfords behind the rear seats. Our greyhound, who is much bigger than average (he's wearing a Thundershirt made for giant dogs because his chest is so deep!) can spread out very comfortably in the boot.

I don't know if anyone's told you, by the way, but because of their ludicrous legs they find it very hard to sit. Mine never sits unless he is on something soft with his back against something (usually this is in the boot of the car). They either lie down or stand up. If you take them out to eat try to find a table with room for them to spread out. I usually bring his coat so that he can lie on that.

They're such brilliant dogs. Welcome to the pointy club!

plominoagain Thu 03-Nov-16 20:22:38

Our two travel like bookends in the boot also . As long as they can get up , peer out of the window occasionally , fart and turn round to lay down again , then they're happy .

PetraStrorm Fri 04-Nov-16 10:37:34

I tried a harness with my grey, she just got in a tangle as she likes to turn round. And round. And round. And 4 more times for good measure - before she lies down. Now I have a grille across the boot/back seat space and everyone's happy. DD can't get poked in the back of the neck by a wet pointy nose, and my grey can twirl around to her heart's content.

I bought a grille that was specifically designed for my car. It cost a bit more but was so easy to install and fits so well (can still put back seats down, use parcel shelf etc when dog not in car) it was well worth the extra ££.

I've got a Honda Jazz, so not a big car, but she's fine in the boot. My parents have a Fiat Panda and she even fits in there for the odd short trip to the park grin

GreenieGables Fri 04-Nov-16 19:06:06

I knew this would be you smile

Mine goes in the boot too, getting a grille is next on my list of things to get, the kids don't like her peering over their heads!

She travels really well in the car.

The countdown is on... how exciting grin

luckylambchop Fri 04-Nov-16 21:10:58

Countdown is on indeed, Greenie! We have a matter of days for the daft cat to work out that she is perfectly capable of jumping over the new stair gate and doesn't have to sit behind it, meowing pathetically! eye roll

Car wise we have gone for bed in the boot and bought a grille. Thanks for your help everyone smile

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