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Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

Every dog that I have seen in a car in Switzerland has been in an aluminium dog cage. Is this a legal requirement or just good practice/fashion? Can I use a set of dog bars and a dog basket in the back of my estate or do I have to get a cage?
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Old 29.10.2008, 15:36
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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

Not a legal requirement as far as I know.
My dog just lolls around on the back seat or in the boot.
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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

Hello! not legal that i know of but you need to have it secured so it doesnt get hurt in case of accident....mine wears a seatbelt and sits on a blanket that hangs (like a hammac) on the backseats and so she doesnt fall between seats when braking. She moves around and lays and sits and so, but it feels good to know she has a seatbelt.

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but it feels good to know she has a seatbelt.
A seat belt for dogs is probably a good idea for theirs and your protection. I wonder if a "Doggie (air) Bag" is in the works..

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Every dog that I have seen in a car in Switzerland has been in an aluminium dog cage. Is this a legal requirement or just good practice/fashion? Can I use a set of dog bars and a dog basket in the back of my estate or do I have to get a cage?
Don't think it is a legal requirement but you can never know all the Swiss laws; I just had a friend fined 150CHF for driving barefoot!!
I have been in Police controls where they have seen my small dogs sitting in the passenger side footwell & just made some remark like "they look comfortable"
I had a search of the "Bundesamt für Veterinärwesen BVET" web site but I could not find any advice on this point

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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

According to this PDF, the law for dogs is the same like for other luggage. They just have to be transported in a way they can't disturb the driver and they don't pose a threat in collisions. This is achievable without a cage, too.
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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

Hi guys, I am renewing the topic - do you know if there is an update on this topic? I am going to CH next month and we have a four-legged passenger who normally is just laying on the back-seat. I am planning to make a set out of harness and seat belt, but will that be sufficient? Thanks!
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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

Yes, you can buy restrainers that fit in seat belt clip- but make sure you use harness, so the dog is not strangled if thrown forwards.

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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

There are no specific rules on securing pets. Pets are considered cargo and as such the driver needs to ensure that he is not obstructed or disturbed by the "cargo". (https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a31, German only).

One driver was fined because he let his "cat" sit on the dashboard and the court found that this obstructed his view.
(cf. also https://www.ktipp.ch/artikel/d/hund-...rsitz-erlaubt/).
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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

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Hi guys, I am renewing the topic - do you know if there is an update on this topic? I am going to CH next month and we have a four-legged passenger who normally is just laying on the back-seat. I am planning to make a set out of harness and seat belt, but will that be sufficient? Thanks!
Basically you need to ensure the pet cannot run around in the vehicle and distract the driver so any form of physical restraint is OK.
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Re: Is a dog cage a legal requirement to transport dogs in a car?

As others have pointed out, the only legal requirement is that the dog must be secured in a way so as not to disturb or distract the driver.

However, I'd urge you to consider a box.

I know - I, too, took a somewhat cavalier approach to stuffing my 3 mutts in the car. I am a very safe and cautious driver, only putter around to the Hundeschule and the vet clinic. And then...

https://www.englishforum.ch/pet-corn...recommend.html

In that accident my little mutt was in his travel box - a plastic carrier - in the back cargo area. The car that hit us was only moving a few km/hr, rolling from a stop. Nonetheless the impact caused a crack in Robin Goodfellow's crate. Thankfully he was not hurt, but boy did that open my eyes. doG forbid, had Robin not been in a box he could have been injured even though the accident was 'just' a bump. Had we, or the other car, been traveling at normal speeds Robin likely would have been seriously hurt or killed.

So now I'm looking at sturdier metal boxes. Or maybe I'll trade the Daihatsu in for a tank.

Moral of the story - there's legal, and then there's sensible. Don't do as I did and learn the difference the hard way.

If you do go with just harnesses, take a look at Ruffwear's Load Up Harness, designed specifically for vehicle restraint:
https://ruffwear.com/collections/dog...oad-up-harness

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Hope you and your doglet enjoy your Swiss adventure.

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