Whether you opt to use a dog car crate, or some other kind of canine car restraint, your dog needs to be secure while you’re driving.
Crating In The Car Keeping the puppy/dog safe in the car is another reason to crate train. Nobodylikes to think of what would happen if they were in a car accident. Car doorscan fly open and the dog, if uncrated, stands a good chance of leaping out intotraffic and getting hit by a car or running off because they are scared. If youhave your dog crated in the car when in an accident the dog may get bangedaround but the crate will most likely protect the dog from being hit, may helpcontain the dog in the car itself, and will keep him from being lost if the cardoors fly open even if the crate is expelled from the car. If you are hurt inthe accident the emergency services people are more likely keep your dog safeand contained if the dog is in a crate and they can easily transport the dog toa safe area.
It is quite shocking that dog car crates and carriers aren’t assessed against the same rigorous government safety standards for child car seats or other vehicle safety devices – especially considering that a compromised crate can injure both pets and humans. Car crates with connector straps that fail under stress means that your dog crate could go flying, hurting any passengers in its way (as well as your canine).
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It’s long been recommended that smaller pets travel in body harnesses or soft carriers that interface with a car’s shoulder belt, or in a travel carrier or crate, for larger dogs. Those options keep pets in place during normal driving, reducing distractions. And in case of an accident, it was believed they might reduce the likelihood of pet injury.This is a project I started after getting a new car. I couldn't find a affordable dog crate for my car that fitted so I could still use the luggage net in the back. The cheap metal crates rattled and I know that would drive me crazy :) and the sturdy (and really safe) ones was above my budget, so decided to build one myself. :)
I built this in my living room and the tools i used was a jigsaw, a power drill, an hand saw and a screwdriver. A new crash-test study from the (CPS) analyzed how well several popular pet carriers, crates, pilot seats and harnesses kept dogs and cats safe during vehicle collisions - and the results were, well, alarming. As it turns out, many of the products that claim to secure our precious companions in the event of a crash actually offered little in the way of protection. Of course, your dog's size and the mode of transportation you will be taking are the two biggest factors to take into account when choosing the best dog travel crate for your needs. Your pet will have to fit comfortably in the carrier without having too much excess room, and the carrier will need to be appropriate for the car, plane, train, or other mode of transportation that you'll be taking.