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    Dear All,

    Our cute mini poodle x is just 5 months and we absolutely love her that we hope to never part with her if its within Australia.

    Wife has planned a few trips and hotels this year and unfortunately None of them turns out allowing pets..

    I have heard people who travels a lot set their dogs up in the car when they go into the hotel room to sleep.

    I am not sure how this is done such as air in..leaving a crack? and for accident toileting?

    Would love to learn from those experienced how to set my pup up comfortably and securely. Car is i30 if that helps. Many Thanks

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    Really the best thig to do is to find pet friendly accomodatiion. Websites like STAYZ can help. I have found quite a lot of pet friendly accomadation through them. You could leave your dog in the car overnight if it is not too hot and you would have leave the windows down a little for air. The main thing is to ensure that there is no chance of your dog overheating, escaping or being stolen. Your dog is very young though and you would need to start training her to get used to staying in the car well before you go or you may find the inside of your car wrecked. Is she crate trained? you could fold the back seat down and have a crate there for her to sleep in. You may also have to get up during the night to check her and toilet her.

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    I have just done a trip all over Europe with two newfoundlands, of which one was only 6 months old.... We were lucky as in most European countries having dogs is no issue. We even had four in some Hotels.
    But saying that there were a couple of places where we did have the dogs in the car for long periods.... we had special screens that slotteds/locked into the windows. So they had plenty of air, but could not get out or be interfered with. these were home made and I think wonderful. the window goes up agains them and they fit into the part the window fits in and over the actual window. Onc e the window is shut against it, it is as secure as the car was before........They were metal screenf with fly screen covering, so no mosquitoes and no one able to put fingers or food in. All windows were half open, plenty of fresh air for the dogs.......I would have to feel happy about the area where i left my car and dog though, secure carparks only. As cars get stolen , no matter how secure.
    Here at home we have a van with puppy gates. Which means the back door is up and there is a secure metal gate wich is locked open, again for lots of fresh air.....we also put a large ring in the door so no one can potentially shut the van door. I am a bit neurotic about all that can happen. If i travel with only one dog, even here in Australia I find a place that allows dogs. Many B&B's do and also many motels........
    Pets are forever

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    We are travelling with our dogs and also always found petfriendly accommodation. Often even regular motels will have a few rooms allocated to petowners. It takes a bit of planning but always worked for us.

    https://www.dogzonline.com.au/accommodation/
    Stayz Holiday Accommodation - 45,000+ Holiday Rentals across Australia
    https://www.airbnb.com.au/
    Pet friendly accommodation from Holidaying with Dogs - Home

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    I got a book called "holidaying with dogs" from my local motorists association (RAA),

    Pet friendly accommodation from Holidaying with Dogs - Home

    Each place I planned to stay at - I asked them what their dog policy was.

    I mostly stayed in caravan park cabins and I set a crate up inside for my dog.

    I have slept her a couple of times overnight in the car - where there was no dry verandah area and the owner of the place was allergic to dogs. She likes sleeping in my car. My main worry was the cold but the car was reasonably sheltered and I don't think she'd be nice to anyone thinking about stealing the car or her.

    I also find out about doggy day care or boarding kennels if I want to visit in the city museums and stuff and don't have friends to leave her with.

    In summer - you can leave the windows right down on a car and it still gets way too hot during the day. But overnight should be ok as long as you don't sleep in.

    One place I stayed at had signs about prosecuting people who smoked or had pets inside the cabin because of local "health regulations". Smoking I understand but if you want to keep the place healthy and free from disease - don't let humans in.

    The owner of that place said - if you have the dog in - don't tell me. So that's what I did. I set the crate up for her outside on the cabin verandah deck and was fully prepared to leave her in there but there were a squillion campers in tents - just there plus kangaroos and I figured she would not be quiet with all that action going on. Better to have her inside and quiet.

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    I agree it would be better to find dog friendly accommodation.

    I've only traveled with my dog once, we went camping. I set him up in my tent, he slept in his crate in the tent over night.

    I am soon hoping to reach a point in my life where I can regularly travel with my dog. I won't be staying in hotels, more likely a tent or one of those tents that flips off the top of the car.

    If you're willing to go for caravan parks, most of the high rated ones have nice cabins and there are plenty around that are very dog friendly.

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    We regularly travel with our two. And they sleep in the trailer. Being mindful of the obvious heat risk, overnight in your car should not be an issue, providing bedding is available, leather seats are bloody cold. My rottie girl shivvers without blankets in the mountains, she feels the cold, so she goes to bed with a old jumper of mine on and she's snug. Ive offered her the car, but under where we are led, is her fave spot. I let her choose. the other would be too warm in your car, with his double coat, even overnight. He needs to cool down, as runs hot usually. double coat long hair GSD. so it depends on the dog too i believe.

    And dogs do tend to get up early on holiday!
    so too will you, to let it out to pee

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    I have just done a trip all over Europe with two newfoundlands, of which one was only 6 months old.... We were lucky as in most European countries having dogs is no issue. We even had four in some Hotels.
    But saying that there were a couple of places where we did have the dogs in the car for long periods.... we had special screens that slotteds/locked into the windows. So they had plenty of air, but could not get out or be interfered with. these were home made and I think wonderful. the window goes up agains them and they fit into the part the window fits in and over the actual window. Onc e the window is shut against it, it is as secure as the car was before........They were metal screenf with fly screen covering, so no mosquitoes and no one able to put fingers or food in. All windows were half open, plenty of fresh air for the dogs.......I would have to feel happy about the area where i left my car and dog though, secure carparks only. As cars get stolen , no matter how secure.
    Here at home we have a van with puppy gates. Which means the back door is up and there is a secure metal gate wich is locked open, again for lots of fresh air.....we also put a large ring in the door so no one can potentially shut the van door. I am a bit neurotic about all that can happen. If i travel with only one dog, even here in Australia I find a place that allows dogs. Many B&B's do and also many motels........


    Thanks! wonder if you have a photo handy for the screen? reckon I should get one too

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    Thanks guys for the helpful replies ! I have not got a crate for her..any suggestions where to look for ? (preferably online that is cheaper)

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    mini poodles?
    So it needs to be big enough for dog to stand up comfortably and turn around and maybe hold a water bowl away from the bed. I tend to measure my dog when she's lying flat on her side and make sure it's big enough for that.

    Cheap crates - last about 2 years if nobody sits on it. Packs flatter than the high quality ones.
    VEBO Collapsible Fabric Pet Carrier Crate (7 sizes)| Vebo Pets Supplies

    High quality crates
    K9+ Soft Dog Crates : Australia

    You can get the mesh crates too - which are good if your dog is not used to being in a crate but can be bad if your dog tries to her way out. Best way to avoid this is to train your dog to love being in the crate (gets treats and things for being in there).

    I like the caprice (K9+) but it is huge and hard to pack - even in a landcruiser. It has roll down side covers so your dog can't see out. But an old bed sheet works too. This is handy if your dog barks a lot. Ie cover up when barking, un cover when quiet - to reward quiet.

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