There are many different kinds of boxes for transporting dogs. Some can be installed permanently into a car and others can easily be removed again after use. The extent to which you may need to transport your dog varies greatly among different dog owners. If for example you often go hunting with your dog you might prefer a permanently installed half closed dog box, so the entire car is not impacted if the semi-wet dog shakes in the car.
A rule of thumb concerning the size of the dog box
No matter what kind of dog box you choose it is a good rule of thumb that your dog should just be able to turn around in its dog box. It is not a good idea to buy a dog box that is too large as the dog will not feel as comfortable and safe in a too large dog box. Also the dog may slide around in the dog box and hit the frame walls when the car is moving through uneven terrain or when sudden accelerations or braking happens.
A Folding dog crate or dog box
If it is not often that you need to transport your dog, then a folding dog crate or dog box might be the best solution. When you fold the transport box and store it in the house between uses, the transport box doesn’t take up a lot of space. However, the safest thing for your dog is a transport box that is firmly anchored in the car, but with very small cages or crates for small dogs you can put the transport box in a fixed position between the front and rear seats in the bottom of the car.
Don’t let you dog have free roam in the car
If you let your dog be loose during a road trip inside the car cabin, you should not let your dog stick its whole head out of the window. Just think of what a small stone can do to your windshield, and there are many other loose items that could hit the dog. Contrary to what most believe your dog is not going to get more joy out of the smells in the air by sticking its entire head out of the window. What your dog is excited about are all of the interesting smells that bombard the dog’s keen sense of smell from the outside world as the car rushes by. It is enough for your dog that you roll the window down a little, so your dog can put the nose up to the fresh air rushing in and enjoy all of the fascinating smells that whistles past. This way your dog can enjoy the smells without running the risk of getting hit in the head by a random stone.
Do not leave dogs alone in the car
Besides dog crates, dog cages and other ways to transport your dog in an enclosed space during car trips, there are dog harnesses that you can fasten your dog in during the road trip if you want to leave it loose. That way your dog is safer during car trips. It is never recommended to leave a loose dog be in the car’s cabin while you are not even present in the car. Then the dog can get into mischief, be stolen, hang themselves (if it has a leash on) or it might die from dehydration and heat on a hot summer day.
Make your own dog box and save money
You can make a cheap transport box for yourself by buying two black bricklayer tubs in a DIY store. Then thighten the two tubs together with one tub on its head by screws. Then you cut a hole in one tub that is large enough that your dog can get in and out. You can put some blankets in the bottom of your self-made dog box. It is a good idea to drill some holes in the top to let some light in.
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