Best Dog Car?

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Best Dog Car?

Post by skime » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:19 pm

We have two large and active dogs. They make a mess out of cars. We're considering the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. It will be discontinued in 2020 and VW offers a 6 year/72k mile warranty.

Any advice about our consideration or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by skime » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:22 pm

We've had an Outback in the past. We'd like to try something else this time. Thanks for the info.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by JPH » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:24 pm

An F150
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by skime » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:26 pm

JPH wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:24 pm
An F150
Do you have your dogs in the cab or in the bed? Our shed a lot.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by hillman » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:27 pm

JPH wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:24 pm
An F150
Wanted to point out a benefit of the SuperCrew cab F-150 from year model 2016 (or so) and newer: The floor in the back is flat to allow for kennels to sit level and the rear seats foldup with one hand. Plus, the bed is great for wet dogs! That are safely enclosed/secured.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by jdb » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:28 pm

Tesla with Dog Mode. As additional reassurance the screen says in large print “MY OWNER WILL BE BACK SOON”. :happy

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by Hamberders » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:29 pm

Toyota Tacoma, double cab, short bed, with a topper and a bed mat

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by zimmer0 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:29 pm

JPH wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:24 pm
An F150
would make same suggestion. supercrew with the new 2.7 ecoboost and 10spd can give you some decent mpg and a flat floor in the rear cab. Bedcover for luggage and other hauling.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by maroon » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:30 pm

This doesn't exactly answer your question, but what about using a dog car hammock for the back seat?

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by longleaf » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:35 pm

For transporting more than one animal, consider a truck. You can fabricate kennels or use a campershell.
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Re: Best Dog Car?

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by Katietsu » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:43 pm

Using dog crates or kennels keeps the mess, including hair, contained, mostly, and is safer for the dog. You might need to go up in vehicle size though if you have multiple large dogs. On the smaller side, I have used the previous generation RAV4 for for 2 70 lb dogs in plastic crates.
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:43 pm

jdb wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:28 pm
Tesla with Dog Mode. As additional reassurance the screen says in large print “MY OWNER WILL BE BACK SOON”. :happy
Many of the Tesla software updates were a bit underwhelming, but my wife and I like this one even more than the Whoopee Cushion :D
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Post by LadyGeek » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:57 pm

This thread is now in the Personal Consumer Issues forum (car).
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Post by FelixTheCat » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:57 pm

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by Uniballer » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:58 pm

A minivan will hold multiple dog crates and lots of training gear or luggage.

I know several people in the dog training and rescue communities who like the Honda Element, but that is no longer being made.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by JoeRetire » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:59 pm

skime wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:19 pm
Any advice about our consideration or any other ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Choose whatever vehicle you like that can fit the crates.

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Post by WhyNotUs » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:13 pm

Subaru Forester is a dog hauler
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by iamlucky13 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:23 pm

skime wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:22 pm
We've had an Outback in the past. We'd like to try something else this time. Thanks for the info.
The XC-70 is another well-liked wagon, although more expensive both in up front and fuel costs.

We like having a wagon (Outback in our case) because although the cargo volume is similar to many SUV's, it trades ceiling height for cargo area length, which is more usable to the dog.

Both of these are large compared to the VW Golf wagon, though.

There's also the Audi A4 wagon, in between the two in size.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by gator15 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:27 pm

1975 Toyota Land Cruiser. Met someone recently at a car auction who spent a fortune on the vehicle for the purpose of hauling her dogs. The vehicle was gorgeous. Certainly won’t be in a few months.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by midareff » Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:51 pm

I always thought the Beetle was as big a dog as possible in a car.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by fizxman » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:10 pm

Get a car big enough for the two dogs and put something like this in the back seat.

https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B078L2MWRN/ref=dp_cerb_1

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by BuddyJet » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:20 pm

For my dogs, the best car is whatever I happen to be driving. I wish I had a picture of the salesman’s face when My dog got into my new Aston before I got in.

The license plate on one car was Buddy’s, our dog. He liked that one best for the good view.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by RickBoglehead » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:21 pm

Dogs should not be allowed to drive cars. Absurd!
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by longterm100 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:23 pm

For two large dogs I get a lot of use out of a landrover LR4. Rugged but has some luxury features.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by Small Savanna » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:27 pm

For a white dog, do not buy a 2005 Accord with the black cloth upholstery. Speaking from experience...

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by ladycat » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:28 pm

I'd not be comfortable putting a dog in the bed of a truck, both for climate and safety reasons. I would be concerned about overheating due to sun exposure or heat building up in the crate. Also, if the bed liner is dark, there's a lot of heat absorbed & radiated off the bed of the truck. We see a lot of dogs struggling in hot truck beds in summer because owners don't realize the dog is in full sun and the truck bed gets hot.

I have an older Lexus RX 330, which worked well for one Golden Retriever, but I don't think it would work well for two large dogs if you're going to crate them. The back seats do not fold down completely flat. I have not looked at vehicles recently, but the other vehicles we considered were an Outback or a Highlander. A small minivan would be a good option.

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Post by Carson » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:49 pm

Do you have other humans to transport or is it just the dogs?

We had a VW Sportwagen (same rough size as the one you are considering) and one medium sized doberman fit in the hatch with an overnight bag. I would have needed to fold the seats down to accomodate another dog.

Honestly if your dogs are clean and well behaved, see if you can take the vehicle home for a test load. We did that in order to test out loading all our sports equipment that we had at home and the dealer didn't even bat an eye.
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by Doom&Gloom » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:53 pm

Greyhound?

Serious question: We just acquired a couple of smaller dogs and are in the early stages of buying a new vehicle. Other than enough space for crates, easy in/out from the crates, and enough room for our other travel gear, what makes a particular vehicle a good "dog car"? It seems to me that everything else is for the people. What am I missing?

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by whodidntante » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:18 pm

Get a windowless van and paint mystery machine on the side and look for criminals who wear costumes.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by ladycat » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:34 pm

Doom&Gloom wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:53 pm
Greyhound?

Serious question: We just acquired a couple of smaller dogs and are in the early stages of buying a new vehicle. Other than enough space for crates, easy in/out from the crates, and enough room for our other travel gear, what makes a particular vehicle a good "dog car"? It seems to me that everything else is for the people. What am I missing?
For us, it was just the space issue. We didn't crate our dog in the car, but he had to have enough room to get in, turn around, and lie on a flat area. There also needed to be enough height towards the back of the cargo area so his rump wouldn't hit the slanted back window when he stood up. Later, we needed room to load in his ramp because he couldn't jump up to the rear cargo area. He was a smaller large dog at nearly 80 pounds and his dog bed was the size of a crib mattress. Loading in two retrievers or a large breed dog would require more space. We used a vinyl-backed cargo liner and didn't have any cleaning issues (fur, slobber).
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by cheapskate » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:57 pm

I bought a Outback for my 2 large dogs, but it was a mistake. I think that I should've bought a minivan where I could fold back the rear row, and remove the middle seats (which most minivans now offer ?). The advantages here are that there is lots of room for the dogs if you go on a drive longer than 1 hour. Minivans are low, so as large dogs get older, it is easier for them. I need to get a ramp for my dogs, been putting that off.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by ladycat » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:00 pm

cheapskate wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:57 pm
I bought a Outback for my 2 large dogs, but it was a mistake. I think that I should've bought a minivan where I could fold back the rear row, and remove the middle seats (which most minivans now offer ?). The advantages here are that there is lots of room for the dogs if you go on a drive longer than 1 hour. Minivans are low, so as large dogs get older, it is easier for them. I need to get a ramp for my dogs, been putting that off.
We used a handiramp. Bulky (not heavy), but very sturdy and our 80-pound Golden felt safe on it. https://www.handiramp.com/dog-ramps/pet-ramps.htm#

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by cheapskate » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:17 pm

ladycat wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:00 pm
cheapskate wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:57 pm
I bought a Outback for my 2 large dogs, but it was a mistake. I think that I should've bought a minivan where I could fold back the rear row, and remove the middle seats (which most minivans now offer ?). The advantages here are that there is lots of room for the dogs if you go on a drive longer than 1 hour. Minivans are low, so as large dogs get older, it is easier for them. I need to get a ramp for my dogs, been putting that off.
We used a handiramp. Bulky (not heavy), but very sturdy and our 80-pound Golden felt safe on it. https://www.handiramp.com/dog-ramps/pet-ramps.htm#
Thanks I'll take a look. Need to get one that can take the weight of my Pyrenean Mountain Dog. She is only about 5 yo but is already starting to have trouble jumping up into the seat of the vehicle.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by IMO » Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:23 am

Whatever car/truck/suv you get, there is no comparison to having leather seats when it comes to removing dog hair.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by onourway » Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:34 am

Volvo XC70/V90CC.

One of the only vehicles on the market with legitimate OEM dog features available. Options include a heavy-duty retractable net that keeps them behind the rear seat OR keeps them behind the front seats while having access to the full cargo area of the vehicle with seats that fold completely flat. If you are not going to crate your dog, this at least keeps them out of the passenger compartment.
https://usparts.volvocars.com/p/Volvo__ ... 34049.html

They also offer a steel crate that fits 1 or 2 dogs in the cargo area behind the rear seats, or an OEM dog harness if they will ride on the rear seats.

https://usparts.volvocars.com/p/Volvo__ ... 14211.html

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by kjsammy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:10 am

Minivans are easier for smaller/ older dogs to get in and out. They will need help with SUVs/ trucks.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by holycow007 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:24 am

Prius V has very good room
My big dog over 100 lbs fits fine without seats folded down.
Unfortunately he can't get to the open windows
But i don't have a choice since I have my daughter in the back usually,he likes be in the front seat and I don't like passengers that move around much , try to kiss me in the front seat (cant use the hammock)
2 big dogs would be a breeze with seats down

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by FI4LIFE » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:59 am

This thread will be used by future teachers during their "fall of Western Civilization" classes.

To answer your question, any SUV or hatchback that will fit them in the cargo area.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by chrisjul » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:15 pm

I would personally monetize a Driving Dog!

No matter what car he or she drives!

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Post by emoore » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:22 pm

I think a 4Runner is the best dog car. Fold down the rear seats and you have a nice area for the dogs. Also my dog's favorite feature is that the rear back window rolls down. Not sure if any other SUVs do that but my dog loves it.

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Post by birdy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:45 pm

In my dog showing years I had a Ford Windstar. Drove like a car. I took out the middle seat so crates would fit and be close to me when driving. It also had the best air conditioner I have ever had on a vehicle! Now I have a Pontiac Vibe/Toyota Matrix which I like. Back seat folds flat, fits 2 dog crates, good gas mileage. Also will hold 23 bags of bark mulch!

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Post by Dottie57 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 12:57 pm

RickBoglehead wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:21 pm
Dogs should not be allowed to drive cars. Absurd!
Exactly.

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by Rudedog » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:29 pm

I haul my dog in my 1989 Camry. Every day. He can get mud all over it, slobber everywhere, shed, I don't care. We call it "The dog car". He's 13 1/2 years old, when he passes I guess we'll get rid of it.

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Post by whodidntante » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:05 pm

FI4LIFE wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:59 am
This thread will be used by future teachers during their "fall of Western Civilization" classes.
Plausible

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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by tomd37 » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:16 pm

There have been comments about the Subaru Outback and Forester. While the Outback is longer and shorter, the Forester is shorter but higher. With large dogs you might consider the Forester if height is a consideration. Loading height would be about the same. Visibility is great out of both vehicles. What breed of dogs are involved?
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by OAG » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:17 pm

I use a VW Tiguan 2018 model. But my dog sits in the front passenger seat, is trained, does not shed, and weighs in at about 35 pounds. He has sat (or slept there) for upwards of 800 miles going from OH to FL (of course with short pauses for necessaries). He does not bark much and listens to what I have to say and NEVER disagrees. :D Also he wears a K9 seat belt tether for safety and designed for the front seat.
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Re: Best Dog Car?

Post by ram » Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:14 pm

I have no dogs. But one of my 3 vehicles is a Honda odyssey and these days it is seldom that it carries more than 2 humans. I have removed the middle row captains chairs and the 3rd row folds flat. That opens up a lot of free space.
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