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Car Leash?

Discussion in 'Pets' started by essjay, Sep 19, 2022.

  1. Sep 19, 2022 at 1:35 PM
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    essjay

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    We picked up a little lady from the shelter yesterday, and, after driving her around a bit, she seems fine in the rear seat of the girlfriend's sedan. However, in my access cab (with rear seat delete and fridge/puppy platform), she keeps trying to climb out of the back and over the divider I set up between the front seats.

    It's a bit distracting to have her trying to climb around me while I'm driving, after all, which isn't too safe. For training her to hang out in the back seat, which of the following makes the most sense?

    • Rig a cable along the full length of the platform, with a short leash sliding along it. I figure this allows her the most freedom of movement, while also preventing her from climbing over.
    • Short leash on the existing car seat tether points. This gives her less freedom of movement, but would keep her limited to the area she'd be in when the fridge and battery are occupying the rear passenger side.
    • Raise the divider, so she simply can't climb over it. I don't really like this idea, as it would keep me and the GF from being able to easily reach her.
    • Crate. I don't think she'd like it, I don't like it, and I don't think this really even solves the issue.
    • Something else I'm not considering?
    And, because :worthless:

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  2. Sep 19, 2022 at 1:43 PM
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    Leash isn't good idea because if you get in accident with the dog, the leash may break her neck if dog flew from back seat to front with leash on. Or from front to back.. depending on the impact.

    There are many type of dividers for specific vehicle that you are able to reach your dog.. Something like this:

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    I believe a seat belt to be a viable and safe option if used with a harness. That's what we usually do for Beans.

    Since we posting our dogs, Mines the one sniffing the ground from the dogocentipede

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    Leash with a car chest-harness, single tether point. Enough slack to transition from sit to lay-down, but not enough to tangle or walk around.

    Establish that boundary early, and the pup will learn quickly that car rides aren't playtime. They are a different kind of fun.
     
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    Are you harnessing to the back or the chest? I figured the top makes the most sense, so she doesn't get tripped up in it.I'm taking her out to the store in a bit to try find one - the PetCo we were at yesterday didn't seem to have anything that would fit her.

    This is probably what we'll add the GF's car, but I don't have any rear headrests anymore, unfortunately. No seatbelts back there, either.
     
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    Chris!

    Was a nice surprise to see the new pup when you texted it over.

    We use a harness on our pups along with those short leashes that actually buckle in where a seatbelt normally goes.
     
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    Yep this is what I use for our two dogs. A chest harness with a steel cable seatbelt that anchors to the attachment points where you mount a child seat.

    Keeps the pups from jumping into the front or out of the window; Also stops them from becoming projectiles in the event of a crash.
     
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    A good car harness will have an attachment ring high up on the back and is designed to transfer all energy to a large, usually padded chest strap on the front. It's sightly different than most walking harnesses. Few walking harnesses have the right geometry to properly restrain in a crash. Some do, most don't. Conversely, few car harnesses are ok for walks (they can chafe the armpits if used as such).

    It's a pain in the butt to switch back and forth between specialized harnesses, but it's technically the right thing to do. Not that I always practice what I peach, there.

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    Looked up some reviews and ended up getting her a Ruffwear Front Range harness. Was pretty surprised to go to the store and discover while fitting it that she's not small, or extra small, but rather extra extra small. Going to see how she does with it before finding an auto-specific harness, if necessary.

    Also ordered a couple of adjustable-length car tethers with options for both child seat and seatbelt connection points.

    Thanks for the help, everybody!
     
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    Sit mofo! Oh sorry, wrong thread.

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    Dolly did well on the trail last weekend! Planning on taking her on an overnight trip tomorrow to see how she does sleeping in the Softopper with me.

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    How big is she? We just adopted a young pup, our first ever dog. She’s 3 months, 6 pounds and her girth measured at 13” which Ruffwear says is XXS. But it’s pretty loose on her even tightened as much as it goes … not too worried because she will grow, but curious how it fits. Part of the problem is that it’s brand new and very stiff, so it doesn’t conform well. Maybe washing helps make it more flexible? Or of course just use.
     
  16. Feb 3, 2023 at 12:21 PM
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    She's somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds. No complaints with this setup from me or my furry copilot.
     
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    Semi old thread, however

    Kurgo makes actual crash tested harnesses and tethers and they're reasonably priced
     

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