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Old 06-12-2007, 10:04 AM   #1
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Today we had Rosey and Amber with us in the car and Rosey was very good. (Amber was her usual laid back self). However, my car is a small hatchback and as Amber likes to lie across the back seat I think it is going to be rather cramped when Rosey gets bigger. I was thinking of folding down the back seats and taking out the parcel shelf and getting some kind of boot protector. Will this be safe enough for them. It is only me and my husband and the two dogs that will matter, if someone wants a lift tough. Advice would be gratefully appreciated.

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What kind of dogs are Rosey and Amber?
And what is the make/model of the car?

As long as your dogs lie down and stay mostly in that position I don't see any problems. The back seats have seat buckles, so you could buy a seat belt safety harness system if you like. If your dogs are well behaved in the car and not bouncing all over the place, I think they should be fine.

You said you would like to fold down the backseats...is there any chance that upon an emergency stop the dogs could "fly" forward, or is there something they can grip on?
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My car is a tiny Suzuki Alto, Amber is a labrador and Rosey is a cross springer, I do not think she is going to be as big as Amber, the boot is not very big, I just do not want them to feel cramped. At the moment I have a dog hammock but this is the second one I have had that has ripped at the straps. Was thinking of getting something like this and folding the back seats down. Also have tried Amber with a harness and she absolutely hated it.

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We have a sports coupe and a sedan. I use a dog hammock in the backseat of the sedan, but don't need it in the coupe. My dog is a border collie mix, so she isn't very big, weighs about 35 lbs. I have folded down the backseat in the coupe before and let her lay on top of it...but I didn't feel comfortable having her lay down on top at that height level...if I had to make an emergency stop I wouldn't want her to tumble and smack up against the back of the front seats...I want car rides to be enjoyable

So I don't fold the back seats down in the back of the coupe anymore. She curls up and lays down in the back or front seat.

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Think the boot protector is a good idea. Your car is not big but would think with the back seat down there should be enough room for the two of them. I have a renault Kangoo Expresssion My two borzois are big and tall and can actually stand upright in this. I have three seats in the back which stay in place and a dog guard and a tail guard,this keeps them safe when I open the back tailgate and I can get the leads on before they get out of the car.
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With the back seat down there will be plenty of room for the two of them, however, it is the safety aspect I am wondering about. How can they be secure and safe if anything happens. There is no room for a crate, (Amber would not go in it anyway) and Amber would not wear a harness, just want to make sure that my girls are safe. Would a bed help as well or something similar. What does anyone recommend?

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Well, a bed won't provide any safety, they would really need to be in a crate or tied to something. Can you put up a car gate in the car?
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Would I be able to put a gate at he the back of the front seats? Is this feasible. Also I was thinking, Amber is very set in her ways and might not be too happy not to be lying on the comfy back seat, so as the seats are split folding, I would be able to keep one up for her, where she could still lie across, the rest of the space could be for Rosey. What a complication, I should get a bigger car but can't afford it. It is the fear of them falling into the footwell or into the back of the front seats that bothers me.

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The guy who made my dog guard and tailgate may be able to make something for you, (He is very reasonable and very good) If you pm me as to where in Scotland you are we can take it from there.
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Thanks Borzoi mad. Have just tried Amber in the car and she refuses to go in it because the seats are down, so I do not think that is an option. I am sure I seen something about a back seat extender on the web but am not sure where, will have a google. If not they will just have to cuddle up in the back for now, although Rosey will fit in the boot if the parcel shelf is removed. I just want to make them as comfortable as possible and do not want them to get hurt. By the way I am in Fife.

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