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: Safety for dogs


3dogtown
03-17-2005, 09:48 PM
Just got my element yesterday and am very excited. Our two reasons for purchasing the E were car camping (with the pups) and a good dog transporter. We had a CRV which I totaled to weeks ago. (thank goodness I was solo at the time) So, I'm really concerned about safety.

We have 3 dogs
2 BC mutts
1 Pit mix (about 65 lbs)

I can get the pit and one bc into a crate but the other dog is too old to change his ways. I also cannot hold him into any car harness. Does anyone use a net? And if so, can the net go behind the front seats? The far back looks pretty small and my dogs will freak being so far away.

Lastly, does anyone car camp with 3 dogs and 2 people?? Am I being too ambitious ?

Thanks so much all. :-D

PVR
03-17-2005, 11:10 PM
... Does anyone use a net? And if so, can the net go behind the front seats? The far back looks pretty small and my dogs will freak being so far away.



http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10480&highlight

"Lastly, does anyone car camp with 3 dogs and 2 people?? Am I being too ambitious ?"

You must have a death wish :-D I once travelled across the country with 2 cats and a dog. I still have the scars (mental and physical) to prove it.

paulj
03-17-2005, 11:37 PM
2 adults and 1 small dog sleep comfortably in the Element. With more dogs, one or more of us would have to move outside or into a tent.

paulj

seb
03-17-2005, 11:45 PM
Close.... I camp with 2 dogs and 3 people. :) And two kayaks, camp gear, and supplies for a week (http://www.red-tail.net/e/roadtrip). :-D But.... we didn't try sleeping in the E together!


My best advice on the older dog might be to get a solid barrier. The kind with wide-spaced metal bars, like this:
http://www.dencities.com/denmall/pets/auto_barrier_tflex.jpg

I don't know how strong they are, in order for it to be of real safety value you might need to permanently attach it somehow.

I tried using a net between the seats, but only to keep my dog from jumping up, not for any perceived safely value. She ate the net on the first day, though. Little turnip!

jnes
03-18-2005, 02:13 AM
http://www.elementownersclub.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10480&highlight

"Lastly, does anyone car camp with 3 dogs and 2 people?? Am I being too ambitious ?"

You must have a death wish :-D I once travelled across the country with 2 cats and a dog. I still have the scars (mental and physical) to prove it.

My hubby and I have spent a week car camping with 2 big dogs, one 120 lb rottie and a 85 lb mix. We have a tent from Campmor for the end of the Element and foam for the floor. The dogs insist on foam padding under them too or they will lay on our legs. We sleep with heads and shoulders all the way out on the tail gate. It is tight but doable. I guess it depends on how much you like your dogs.

We stow our gear in the front seats and the tent end is rain proof so we are all snug.

3dogtown
03-29-2005, 11:20 AM
Thanks so much for the advice! We don't have a lot of gear; we are light campers and plan on gettign the tent attachment.. so maybe we can pull it off! Also, the dogs often climb up on the bed, so yes, we are all very close.

Can anyone direct me to where I might find the frame that is installed behind the front seat for safety? It would need to be removable. I guess crates might be the safest way for traveling for the 2 crate-friendly dogs.

I had a crv and flipped it; so I'm a being very cautious about safety with my pups!

Thanks!

blackdog1
03-29-2005, 11:36 AM
I know you mentioned that one of your dogs doesn't like harnesses, but you might consider trying the ruff rider harness for the other two: http://www.ruffrider.com/ . We bought them for our dogs, unfortunately when they ride in my element only two of them get to wear them.

My girlfriend was traveling with two of our labs the other night in her Cr-v, and was very shaken up when she got home from almost being in an accident with a semi that went off the road. She had to brake and maneuver to avoid the collision. She was very glad that the girls were in their harnesses, or else they might have gone flying.

We have camped out in our element with all three dogs. We have the cabana, put the two rear seats up, and recline the front seats. We sleep on the floor (we have the puzzle matts) with one of the dogs at our feet, and the other two sleep on the reclined front seats. It is a little cozy, but it works. Good luck.

SweetBasil
04-27-2005, 07:46 AM
We have a tent from Campmor for the end of the Element

Which tent do you have? I see 3 such tents on their web site, but I am not sure which fits the Element. I would guess the "mid-size".

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=40000000226&storeId=226&categoryId=45763&langId=-1&parent_category_rn=250

How well does it work? Can it stand the rain?

paulj
04-27-2005, 12:09 PM
The 'midsize campertop tent' is the one that best fits the Element. That size works, but is not ideal. It is designed for a compact pickup, an opening that is about 6" wider, and a foot shorter. When installed on the Element, it pulls the upper tailgate down, resulting in a screened opening about 3' tall.

http://www.eatel.net/~dacinc/DAC/midsizebig.html

http://www.hondaelement.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4494&highlight=mosquito

http://www.hondaelement.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=947&perpage=15&highlight=camper%20and%20tent&pagenumber=2

spotE
08-01-2005, 07:29 PM
Just purchased 2 Back-Seat Rider Nets for the E. Have 2 dalmatians and a golden/chow mix. The cheapest price that I found was online from J-B Wholesale Pet Supplies www.jbpet.com, only $9.95 each plus shipping.

bugs
08-02-2005, 10:02 PM
Well be careful, we were told if anyone had been in the back seat or close to it they would have been badly hurt when the seat backs went back and broke in our accident