Bringing puppy home in car

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qgirl Sun 27-Oct-19 08:21:49

We are bringing home a puppy in 2 weeks, and he will be 10 weeks old. Super excited but the breeder is half an hour away by car and I am trying to work out the safest way to bring him home in the car. There are so many different car seat/harness things - I really don't know which is best. I think I would like something to see him through from puppy to adult - is that possible? He's a gorgeous goldendoodle.

Thank you

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Tbug Sun 27-Oct-19 08:41:32

We bought our home in a washing basket with blankets in it

Floralnomad Sun 27-Oct-19 09:17:12

I bought ours home from Battersea on a blanket on my lap , took at least an hour with dh driving and pup was very well behaved . We’ve always used a car harness since .

EleanorReally Sun 27-Oct-19 09:18:31

puppy on a blanket on my lap,

AnnastaciasMum Sun 27-Oct-19 09:21:23

We bought ours home in a cat carrier we borrowed from a friend. It worked really well, put a blanket in that smelled like our house etc.

qgirl Sun 27-Oct-19 09:37:18

Thank you all. My 8 year old will be in the back with him so maybe a washing basket with blankets is best - as much as he would like him on his lap, I don't think his lap is big enough!

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EleanorReally Sun 27-Oct-19 09:48:00

can't he go on your lap op?
or are you driving?

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qgirl Sun 27-Oct-19 09:54:19

I'll be driving.

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adaline Sun 27-Oct-19 10:01:14

I wouldn't put him in something where he's "free-roaming" - he needs to be clipped into the car somehow. Maybe pop him in a harness with seatbelt connected to it if he can't sit on someone's lap?

Poshjock Sun 27-Oct-19 10:25:23

I would never travel with a pet unsecured. If you’re are unfortunate and end up in an accident the dog will become a missile- even at low speed. The best security is in a cage or carrier in the boot and next would be a body harness attached to the seatbelt on the back seat.

Is your doodle from a toy poodle or a standard? If standard he will be about shitzu size now and large Labrador size in 18 months. I wouldn’t buy a harness that could adjust that much - it would be sturdy enough. I used the RAC car harness from Pets at Home until my pups outgrew them. The labs were always in the boot (estate car) behind a factory fitted guard and the doodle is a back seat boy in a K9 harness attached to seatbelt.

You could still harness him and pop him in a basket with loads of blankets. I think that would be comfortable. Your DS will be able to distract him.

Enjoy your doodle, they are an amazing breed.

Poshjock Sun 27-Oct-19 10:26:48

Harness wouldn’t be sturdy enough I mean. Do not underestimate the grown speed of a standard poodle breed! Mine is small horse sized.

11hairylegs Sun 27-Oct-19 10:32:39

The law now states that dogs have to be suitably restrained in the car or you risk a large fine.
Why not get a harness and a seat belt connector? (It clicks into the seat belt and connect to any harness) or borrow/use a crate?
Enjoy your new puppy,I love doodles!

qgirl Sun 27-Oct-19 10:46:10

Yikes - Mum is a standard poodle and is huge! Ok, will get a harness and pop him in a basket with blankets.
It was the choice of car basket seat things which I was getting confused with. But the consensus seems to be harness to seatbelt and blankets. I'll try to put him on my son's lap and hopefully he'll snuggle down. If not, we can stop the car and get him settled in a basket.
Thanks all. Looking forward to bringing him home.

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BiteyShark Sun 27-Oct-19 10:49:49

The problem for me with an unrestrained puppy is that they are unpredictable and could distract you plus the obvious missile issue in an accident even at relatively low speeds.

I used a soft crate which I looped one of the handles around the head rest and then strapped the seat belt through another of the handles so it wouldn't go anywhere in an accident. The soft crate had mesh sides so he could see me sat next to him.

The crate wasn't any good when he had grown but we used it whilst he was little before his vaccinations.

Jouska Sun 27-Oct-19 11:31:11

Can another adult go with you to collect the puppy? If it is his first car trip(i hope it isn't as a good breeder will have got him used to the car) it can be hard for the puppies.

You need to be sure that the dog is secure and able to ignore any whining, being sick etc if you are driving.

It would be a good idea to have an adult holding the puppy on a towel for the first journey.

Then you need to acclimatise your dog to being restrained in the car either a crate or seat belt.

Jouska Sun 27-Oct-19 11:33:50

Unfortunately Bitey a soft crate will not stop a dog being catapulted around the car in an accident. The dog will be catapulted through the material sad or just crushed by the impact of another car hitting yours.

missbattenburg Sun 27-Oct-19 11:52:52

I took another adult who had him on her lap with towels in the passenger seat. After he fell asleep - took about ten mins of crying and soothing - she slipped him down into the footwell where he slept for the rest of the journey (2hrs).

It worked so well that's how I would do it again if I could and needed to.

missbattenburg Sun 27-Oct-19 11:53:46

P.s. I would not want the puppy's first introduction to a harness to be having to wear it for such a scary journey with limited time to get used to it before having to wear it.

EleanorReally Sun 27-Oct-19 11:58:20

I agree with asking another adult

Boristhecats Sun 27-Oct-19 14:06:16

Towels. My one throw up a lot on the way home

Boysnme Sun 27-Oct-19 15:13:01

Another recommendation for taking a second adult. Ours was sick and a bit whimper on his way home. My 16 year old niece managed with him but no way my 8 year old would have on his own.
We also had a pet carrier that sat at our feet for the journey home that we now use for vet trips and have a harness that clips to the isofix for when he’s a bit bigger

tabulahrasa Sun 27-Oct-19 15:34:41

I used a cat carrier as well, you can strap the carrier in...

ineedaholidaynow Sun 27-Oct-19 15:38:45

We had a soft crate that attaches to the seatbelt. Only lasted for puppy stage though

Helenluvsrob Sun 27-Oct-19 15:40:03

You need a crate in the boot all the lap,options aren’t legal or safe.

adaline Sun 27-Oct-19 15:40:38

Having a dog unrestrained in the car is illegal and if you have an accident or are caught, you can be fined and given points. Please don't just put the puppy in the footwell of the car - in the event of an accident the poor thing will be crushed.

Ours was trained to wear a harness before we brought him home - DH drove and I sat in the back with the puppy, but he was attached to a seatbelt strap and wearing a harness for safety. It was about a 90 minute drive home and he was fine.

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