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    I am just wondering how you travel with dogs in cars?
    I sometimes take my FIL's dog home with me on weekends which is a half hour drive. I normally have the station wagon and he seems to prefer the back seat - but he occasionally tries to climb in the boot even when he is clipped in.
    What I can't figure out is whether he likes to have the windows open or closed.
    I drive on the highway (except for about 5 minutes) where the speed limit is 100 or 110. Having the windows down is horrible for me because of the sound, so what does a dog prefer? He doesn't seem overly interested in sticking his nose out the window and tends to curl up on the seat or stand up, leaning against them staring out the back window.
    I know you aren't supposed to have the radio up loud but with the windows down I can't hear it at all which I would like to.
    Apparently he sometimes gets car sick - not with me yet luckily!

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    Hey Krystal,

    If the dog does not seem overly interested in sticking his nose out then do not worry about it. Just keep the window closed or if he seems to be panting a lot or looking like he might be carsick then just crack it.

    My big dogs either travel in the back behind the cargo barrier or clipped into the back seat. The little ones are either on the back seat or in a crate. Some of them like to stick their nose out, Gabby, but others just curl up. No biggy they just enjoy different things.

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    I wouldn't have the windows down doing 110 unless it was a really hot day and there was no air-con. I wouldn't be able to put up with the noise.

    Mine love sticking their heads out the windows, but not at that speed... call me a worry wart but a bug hitting them in the eye or going up their nose at that speed can't be good.

    Mine are good about staying in the back and just sitting down, but if they weren't I would confine them to a crate and just stop regularly to let them out to stretch their legs.

    As for the car sickness, ginger is great for it. You can get ginger tablets or even just give a couple of ginger snap biscuits before the trip

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    Thanks for that I might try with the windows up on the highway next time and see how he goes. He is a big dog (belgian shepherd) but he is getting old and seems to prefer the cushiony back seat to the boot.

    I know he likes coming with me though because I was putting stuff in my car one afternoon and he kept trying to climb in. I opened the back door for him and he went and sat in there waiting for me. About 5 minutes later he came to look at me through the door as if saying "come on its time to go". Lol, then he went back and sat in my car until we left!

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    Thanks Crested, I have air con so if it gets to hot I will see if that helps instead of the windows down.
    He generally stays on the back seat but I started clipping him into the seat belt with his harness to stop him climbing around.
    He doesn't stick his nose out the window on the highway, and I only have it open about 7-8cm.
    I will remember that about the ginger biccies, normally I just don't let him eat anything before he comes to my house.

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    Pedro will stick his head out the window til we hit about 70kph then he pulls it back in, so I wouldn't worry about having the window open at 110.

    If he's prone to car sickness, make sure he hasn't been fed before he gets in the car (Edit: you mentioned that already, sorry!) - from my experience the vomiting happened just as regularly but there was less to clean up!

    Also depends if it's true car sickness or just nerves, doesn't sound like it if he jumps in of his own accord. If the road's not too windy you should be right.

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    having car window open buggers your fuel economy because it ruins the aerodynamic flow around the car.

    Use the vent system, point some at the back, have it on outside air and turn the fan up a bit.

    Getting hit in the head by a bug at only 40km/h hurts. Getting hit by something when you're going faster is going to do damage. Smart dogs keep their heads in.

    I have Frosty in harness clicked in back seat. As long as she keeps her head down and her eyes shut, she doesn't get car sick. If I'm worried about that I put lots of newspaper down on the back seat to catch it.

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    Lex used to always just lay down whilst on freeways ( in the back of my ute )
    And stand up with his head just poking otu to lick the air, but ever since the accident he's been traviling in the back seat of my dual cab ute..

    Sorry to sort of hi-jack but the seat belt harness i got lex is XXL and it doesnt fit around his chest still (fine around his neck).. Is there any special shops i can get harnesses from around the sydney area..

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    Cool thanks for that I just always thought they needed the windows down - it's great that it shouldn't affect him because I hate it!
    It isn't the mess vomit makes that is the problem, its the actual vomit that is the problem
    BlackLexDog, if you have a look online I'm sure there are people who can make them to measure. The ones from pet stores are pretty dodgy anyway, you are better off getting one with metal buckles rather than the plastic clips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krystal View Post
    Cool thanks for that I just always thought they needed the windows down - it's great that it shouldn't affect him because I hate it!
    It isn't the mess vomit makes that is the problem, its the actual vomit that is the problem
    BlackLexDog, if you have a look online I'm sure there are people who can make them to measure. The ones from pet stores are pretty dodgy anyway, you are better off getting one with metal buckles rather than the plastic clips.
    thanks will look into it..

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