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Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

So there we were, fully stopped at a red light, in a column of standing traffic, when suddenly BAM! the (insert appropriate descriptive adjective here) driver behind me hit our car... and Robin Goodfellow was in the boot, at the point of impact.

Thankfully the little mutt was in a travel box, and although shaken he is fine. But had we been hit in any other circumstance I shudder to think what would have happened.

The incident put the fear of doG in me - I need to up my Autobox game.

Finding a crate configuration that allows me to more safely and securely stuff three dogs (largish collie, medium sheltie, tiddly little sheltie) into a Daihatsu Sirion is proving rather difficult, though. So I'm looking for recommendations, experience, comments on the Autoboxes you all use - the good and the bad.

I'm especially interested in your opinions of plastic crates vs metal.

And, have any of you had a custom configuration made?

Many thanks!
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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

We bought ours 10 years ago from Schmidt up in southern Germany. Since then, I believe that I have seen them for sale at some shop in Switzerland (maybe COOP B&H??). Our model is specific for our VW T5 and it fits perfectly with next to no wasted space. Ours is for 2 dogs with 2 doors and a removable dividing wall. I checked their website and saw a Sirion listed as a car that they have or can build a box for. From what I recall, they were reasonably priced and the quality is very good. They can definitely do custom ones as well if you have special requests.

No opinion on metal vs. plastic. We sometimes bring a plastic one(s) if we will be staying in a hotel and need to go out for a few hours without the dog(s). Also, if we are sightseeing in some place that doesn't allow dogs, we will drag the metal one out of the car and find some shade to park the dogs outside of the hot car.
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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

Meloncollie,

We have had bad experiences with the design of boxes available in CH so our solutions appear below:

We have bought boxes from transK9 in the uk: https://www.transk9.com
They are an excellent family owned company, all boxes are crash tested, they ship to CH without VAT, after sales are great too.

Otherwise we have also had bespoke boxes made in Germany by Glawel:
https://www.gla-wel.de/tier_transport.php
Also fantastic to deal with but more expensive.

Best

Rep

PS - plastic really not ideal or robust enough for us and in the event of an RTA more likely to cause injury.

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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

I will second Schmidt in Germany, we have recently bought our second from them, this time a double! 😁

They are very helpful if you have questions and as previously mentioned, reasonable in price.

You could also contact these guys in Unterägeri, they not only provide tyres but make custom dog boxes. A bit closer for you.

http://www.autohundebox.ch/

Glad to hear the little muttly was OK, you too.
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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

I came across TCS crash testing comparison. Link here.

It was eye opening for me, how some of the boxes and other solutions are totally useless.

Their study also shows Schmidt as outstanding. Take a look for some others.

As for me, still struggling to find an appropriate one that fits in Cayenne.
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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

We’ve used a clipper plastic box (air travel type) in the back of our Hyundai i40, secured by bungee cords for the last 7 years, with great success. I like it because I can remove it and clean it out easily.

We‘re now running into a problem where Lily‘s having some trouble jumping up (she‘s over 14 now) so we‘re looking at ramps, seatbelts on the back seat and etc.

Lily has always been horrible in the car, so a dog box was an excellent solution. Now she‘s quieter and no longer destructive, so the back seat with a seat belt and appropriate harness might be a solution. Whatever, we‘re going to need a ramp....jumping up has lost its appeal.
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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

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I came across TCS crash testing comparison. Link here.

It was eye opening for me, how some of the boxes and other solutions are totally useless.

Their study also shows Schmidt as outstanding. Take a look for some others.

As for me, still struggling to find an appropriate one that fits in Cayenne.

Thank you that is very useful. I am looking for an Autobox for our new (big puppy) and the 4PETS ones that they sell in Fressnapf looked solid. They had a good rating on the TCS site

https://shop.fressnapf.ch/de/hund/reisen/
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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

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We’ve used a clipper plastic box (air travel type) in the back of our Hyundai i40, secured by bungee cords for the last 7 years, with great success. I like it because I can remove it and clean it out easily.
I came back to this thread too late to thank your post, Edot - so 'Thanks!'

I too am looking at ramp options, as Hooligan can no longer jump up. Lifting her is still do-able but I'm not getting any younger either so need a more sustainable solution.

But three crates plus a ramp, in my tiny car...

My trainer built a rather ingenious platform in the cargo area of her car (a station wagon, so roomy) under which the ramp is stored. The crate sits on top of the platform. I might try that as an option.

I'm still debating which metal box configuration/manufacturer to use (leaning towards Schmidt), weighing the cost of custom made for a car that only has a few years left vs making do with switching out my airline crates as needed until I buy my next car. Switching out is OK, but the only way I can get the third crate in is if I mount it to the passenger seat, which I am very uneasy doing, that's a solution only for absolute emergencies when all three must travel together.

Decisions, decisions...
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I came back to this thread too late to thank your post, Edot - so 'Thanks!'

I too am looking at ramp options, as Hooligan can no longer jump up. Lifting her is still do-able but I'm not getting any younger either so need a more sustainable solution.

But three crates plus a ramp, in my tiny car...

My trainer built a rather ingenious platform in the cargo area of her car (a station wagon, so roomy) under which the ramp is stored. The crate sits on top of the platform. I might try that as an option.

I'm still debating which metal box configuration/manufacturer to use (leaning towards Schmidt), weighing the cost of custom made for a car that only has a few years left vs making do with switching out my airline crates as needed until I buy my next car. Switching out is OK, but the only way I can get the third crate in is if I mount it to the passenger seat, which I am very uneasy doing, that's a solution only for absolute emergencies when all three must travel together.

Decisions, decisions...

We looked everywhere for one for our old dog who was too big to pick up (45kg) and by far the best one that we found was the 4PETS one. Really solid with a non-slip surface and folds up easily



http://www.4pets-products.com/de/eas...underampe.html
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Re: Dogs in cars: which Autobox(es) do you recommend?

We have owned various ramps over the years. If your vehicle is not low, then you need to consider a ramp which is longer in length. Otherwise it is too steep for the dog to use.

Currently we use the Swiss Pet folding wood ramp in the 120cm length. I have a van and the back is low so it works great.

The dog box is by Trixie and it is sturdy but not impossible to lift if I need to take it out of the van. It came with a carpet for the bottom with anti slip backing. I have a pooch pad on it and some blankets.
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We have owned various ramps over the years. If your vehicle is not low, then you need to consider a ramp which is longer in length. Otherwise it is too steep for the dog to use.

Currently we use the Swiss Pet folding wood ramp in the 120cm length. I have a van and the back is low so it works great.
I just bought a folding wood one on zooplus! I think it’s 160 cm - will see when it arrives this week.

I think we’re back to the dog box. I have to sit in the back seat with Lily - she still jumps up at everything passing by. I’m glad she has the energy.
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