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Old 09-28-2015, 03:58 PM   #1
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Securing your pet for travel

Our Boxer is just a joy to be around. Coming home from our last trip, however, we had an issue. Our boxer is afraid of loud noises. We come upon a road construction area in which part of the road was closed off. We were directed to travel partially on the shoulder to get through, unfortunately the shoulder had the built in ridges that cause noise to alert a driver if they are veering off the road. This loud noise scared the poor boxer and he ran for protection under my feet, except I was driving. He is a big boxer weighing 100 lbs and DH barely got him out. Luckily he did not hit the accelerator but really this could have been devastating. A pet carrier to hold the boxer would be too big to get into the door and would not fit in the walkway anyway. Since we have a Class C motorhome I was thinking a barrier between the cab and the back that could easily be removed when DH had to go to the bathroom. Has anyone ever experienced this or know where I could get a product like that?
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One of our dogs gets really nervous if I hit the rumble strip but she just sits up and pukes if you stay on it long enough .

Have you considered a travel harness? Put harness on the dog and run a seat belt thru the harness. We used to do that with one of our dogs using one of the seat belts on the sofa. Lets them lay on sofa but doesn't allow them to jump off and get under foot.
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We use a dog harness with about 3 ft of smooth chain and it clicks to the couch seatbelt closest to the driver seat.. she can put her paws on my right leg and that is as close as she can get.. she likes to do that and look out the windshield. Abbey is a 30lb pooch..
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My puppy loves to sit between the front two chairs, I have a 24 foot class c with a front chair and I keep a leash on her that lets her move but not get into my space. Works well for me.
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They make seat belt harnesses for dogs for several good reasons. I would no more let Miss Muffin ride loose than I would ride without a belt.
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Actually you CAN get a crate big enough for a Boxer inside a Class C.

Two ways. 1, folding wire crate then unfold inside and set up. Nice cause folds flat to store when not in use.

Or Plastic Vari Kennel type not put together until you put it inside. Safer for dog if accident but harder to take in and out since you have to break down each time.
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Be sure to secure crates in case of accidents
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Dog harness crash test results - Marketplace - CBC News
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The crash test results might be interesting if I could read them and the methodology. The blog did not seem to want me to do that.

FWIW there are two significant reasons for securing one's pet aside from their safety. One is to prevent the pet from interfering with driving thus causing an accident. The other is because first responders will kill the pet if they need to because it is preventing them from helping the owner.
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Didn't try to read the blog..saw the show. We will not harness out two beagles while traveling with them.

Here are some visuals...

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We use an expandable wood pet gate to separate the cab from the coach. It fits nicely between the seats and the "step" between the cab and coach floors.
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