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: Please post pics of dog barriers installed in E!

10-23-2004, 12:52 PM
I haven't used a barrier, or looked at them in any detail, but I suspect it may hard to find one that fits well in the Element. The inside height is larger than most wagons or SUVs. Width varies considerably depending on whether whether the seats are down or up. With the seats removed, there are half dozen anchor points for a net.

I'd suggest scanning the dog threads here and on to see if anyone else has used a barrier. There aren't that many threads, and people who posted a year ago might not still be around to answer your question.

However, I just took a quick look at the specs for the Midwest tubular barrier. Without taking fresh measurements in my Element, I think there is enough adjustment in this barrier design to fit. The 4 bar may be tall enough, but if you want the option of using it with the seats up or out, you want the 6 bar, which can extend up to 55" (and more with an extension). There may be enough width adjustment to handle various seat configurations, though you would have to take it out each time you change the seats.


01-07-2006, 09:14 PM
My wife and I have two dogs -- one is a husky/racehound cross and another husky mix. We currently have a 98 4Runner and our dogs ride in it quite frequently -- mostly on short trips within the city to the dog parks around town. We have been getting more and more interested in purchasing an Element. We really like the "easy-to-clean" and "durable fabric" features.

We have a typical cage-style barrier installed behind the back seat of the 4Runner to keep the dogs in the cargo area. The dogs can occasionally be fairly active back there when they're excited to be going somewhere. There doesn't appear to be much space behind the back seats of the Element so we don't think we'd install a cage there but we're also not too hot on the idea of giving them free reign of the back seat. We also don't want them jumping in the front seat and getting nose marks all over the windows if we happen to leave the vehicle for a few minutes.

We've read lots of posts on this site and about what people have used for transporting their dogs. But what we'd really like to see are some pictures. If some of you could post pics of the barriers or other methods (restraints or hooking dog to Element clips) you've used installed in your Element then we'd really appreciate it!


01-08-2006, 07:58 AM
Here are some pictures of the Back Seat Rider Net that I have installed in the back of my Element. They do have free reign of the back seat, but I have a seat cover in the back seats.

01-08-2006, 02:31 PM
My friend Ali Brown has a nice set up in her Element:

Bing is a young "cousin" of my Chance

Art Vandelay
09-02-2006, 07:57 PM
Well, I've only had my E for 2 days and the mod bug has hit me. The main reasons I bought the Element was to cart our 2 big dogs around, and get me and my work supplies to my accounts which are spread out all over the mid-atlantic.

I wanted a way to keep the front seats and my work supplies in the back dog-free, so this is what I came up with: I bought 2 vehicle pet barriers ( and 2 extensions ), placed one behind the front seats, and one behind where the rear seats sat before I removed them. I bought a 36"x40" pet bed from Costco and placed it in the middle section and this is what you get: total cost $270

Tomorrow I will take some pics of the intended passengers in their new holding cell... Here they are "in the wild":

Art Vandelay
09-10-2006, 09:35 AM
Here are some pics of how I dealt with the sunroof issue. Like I said above, there are some changes I plan on making to make it work better, but overall it is working well.

10-09-2006, 06:53 AM
I have to say I really love the E, it's a great puppy hauler!

I too installed the barrier, but I didn't like the 1x4. After pondering on it for a while I came up with this solution. Granted I had to go out and buy four small hose clamps - but I think it turned out ok. What do you think?

I took the two smaller posts that came with the barrier and using two hose clamps attached them to the sides. Then I placed the black 'cups' on the newly installed posts. Now, they come up on each side of the sunroof.

What do you think?

10-10-2006, 04:01 PM
Looks good although I see you have them in the very back. Only thing I don't like about the very rear is that their in the crush zone if you get rear-ended.

As you can see from my sig I don't yet have a E. Still working on the wife about that.

In the mean time I'm looking at converting my Civic GX for a puppy hauler. I'm looking at using the same barrier, removing the rear seats, adding a lower platform and some side gates. I want to be able to leave them in the car with the side windows down, much the same way the K9 units do, and still have the car locked. This is for those time I just have to run into the store.

If we get the E I'd like to do much the same but the only window is the side vent but I don't think will keep the car cool enough. One could leave the A/C running but that requires an remote start alarm to be installed.

The other idea I've had is to mount a fax on the moon roof. This one should work:

You can find them at

You should be able to leave the window vents open so it will pull the air through the car. Unless it's a very hot day it should keep the inside about the same as the outside.

10-10-2006, 07:35 PM
Looks good although I see you have them in the very back. Only thing I don't like about the very rear is that their in the crush zone if you get rear-ended.... < clip >

I agree, it's the crush zone. I worry about that everytime we load up. It's the one thing I didn't consider when looking for the puppy hauler. We thought we had covered everything, I just didn't notice the crush zone till after we purchased the E. I use to drive a '70 VW bus some 30 some odd years ago, and learned then to keep an extra eye out for potential crashes. You really didn't have a lot of protection up front in one of those. Having one of my pups in the back of the E is much the same feeling. Rest assured, if I see something coming... who ever is in front better make room...

I'm thinking about taking out the rear seats and just moving the barrier to behind the front seats, but two of the pups really like sitting in the rear seats and watching where we're going. The third pup is in the very back.

Ella Mental
02-19-2007, 05:52 PM
I found a great pet barrier on eBay that works perfectly in my Element. It's similar to the one by Precision, but not quite as heavy-duty. It is thinner gauge metal and the uprights and bars themselves are thinner, too, but it is also much more affordable! It is sold by Spoiled Rotten Pet: They have them listed as "NEW PREMIUM Pet Dog Vehicle Barrier Cage CAR SUV VAN NR", and they sell for $33.90 ($17.95 + $15.95 shipping). The shipping is almost as much as the gate, but it came via DHL in 2 days, so I can't complain. Plus it still comes to about half the price of the others I've seen.

It was a pain in the neck to assemble, but I couldn't be happier. I have 3 dogs - 2 tall Greyhounds and a smaller Am Staff Terrier - and it is ideal for them. I mounted the barrier upside-down because my small dog, Lucy, was able to wriggle through the bottom at either side of the U part, and it works perfectly now. The barrier is tall enough to keep her from going over it, but low enough for any of them to look over. I keep one of the back seats in for Lucy to sit on and take the other out and put 2 dog beds down for Roman and Lola, my 2 hounds.

I was initially concerned I would damage the headliner because of the tension required to hold the gate in place, but my fears were unfounded. The rubber feet grip really well and are large enough to distribute the pressure evenly. I just had a friend tighten down the knob on each leg for me as I extended it as far as I could, and the barrier hasn't budged. I plan on trimming the middle "trombone" tubes just a bit so I can insert them further since they touch the door handles on each side, but I only have that problem because I mounted the barrier upside-down. When it was mounted the other way I was able to adjust the trombones for a perfect fit.

Dave M
02-19-2007, 06:39 PM
Looks like a great product. But what do I do about my german shorthair that will jump over the top?

Ella Mental
02-20-2007, 06:55 AM
Looks like a great product. But what do I do about my german shorthair that will jump over the top?

Like I said, I mounted it upside-down since height was not as much of an issue as not having any space at the bottom of the barrier. In your situation, you might fare better installing the gate the way it is designed to be installed, in which case the bars will come up much higher.

This is one of Spoiled Rotten Pet's photos of a "traditionally" installed barrier.

02-20-2007, 05:16 PM
Wish I would have seen this one, before I went to PetSmart on Sat. and paid twice as much for one with less features. I really needed the 'center' section.
I assembled mine yesterday and 'test fitted' (did not tighten down the fittings) it. Took a trial ride with it today.
How does a 96 lb. Doberman get from the rear, to be sitting in the driver's seat, upon my quick trip into the store? Check out the pictures.
He 'pushed up' the middle set of bars, 'pushed down' the storage armrest, and climbed on through. When he saw me coming back, he just hopped on the arm rest.....and back in 'his area'.
Its tough when your dog is more clever than you are!

02-20-2007, 07:54 PM
That is exactly what i soon as i open the door my golden hops in and jumps up on the armrest.

Ella Mental
03-15-2007, 07:49 PM
I got one of these.... Works well enough, but have you put this thing together???

Its tough!

Yeah, I'll admit I had a heck of a time with it too! I was cursing most of the time, but once I finished and adjusted it, it's definitely stayed together. The great thing is that no dog will be able to push apart the bars like rogwild's Doberman did!

03-20-2007, 07:27 PM
I have mine... but I have a dilemma

my smaller bullmastiff can squeeze under it... and if I flip it upsize down, he tries to climb over it :neutral:

03-25-2007, 03:15 PM
Ella Mental,
How much room do you wind up with between the end of the Trombone slides and the door post when the rear door is open? I have an English Mastif and she requires some space to get in and out through.

Built B16A
04-03-2007, 04:10 AM
i just want to say, im very attached to my 2 doggies, and they like to take rides in the boombox, but i have a really hard time keeping them in the back. so i went on ebay, and looked for some kind of divider, to keep them in the back. i stumbled across this contraption, and it looks like its going to work out just great.

the ebay seller is "discountramps", and i paid $40.99 to my doorstep. really crappy directions on assembly, but once you put 2 and 2 together, came together really well.

and a pic of my 2 muts. :)

05-05-2007, 09:14 AM
Currently, I have a crappy pet barrier that keeps slipping around. I only keep it in the rear portion. The barrier's "feet" do not have a flat mounting surface, as the rear sunroof glass is the only place I can extend the barrier to. Has anyone had better luck?

05-05-2007, 08:31 PM
hey gang! have you guys ever considered harnessing your dogs? that's what i do and it works great. it will also prevent them from escaping from the vehicle if the doors were to open in the event of an accident. Just a thought!

08-14-2007, 05:08 PM
mine slide in and out like a trombone....
I don't see any way to make them
stay in place!?? I am sure my :confused: is going to be able to move them.
thanks Laura

02-10-2008, 07:56 AM
There are several threads on the various barriers, below are some of them.

For Dog Owners Eyes Only ( (more a discussion about barriers/harnesses)

My new Ebay Dog Barrier (

Check This Out! My Dog/ Work Wagon (

and one more

Doggie Bungee Barrier (

These are just a very few of the posts on this topic. Check out the Truth About Cats, Dogs and The E forum ( for all kinds of info on dogs and the E.

02-11-2008, 12:01 PM
I harness my bunch, other wise they would be in the front seat...


07-19-2008, 04:38 PM
I did a little searching and I didn't find anything on this subject. If there is a thread going point me in that direction.

I bought my E for 2 reasons
1. I have 2 big dogs:Kirby a 90# black lab dalmatian mix and Hoover, a 120# St.Bernard. Hoover loves to sleep in the back of the E whenever we go anywhere and gets annoyed when he has to get out at home. Kirby on the other hand believes that he is a lap dog and should be allowed to sit in the front seat on someones lap and look out the window. Obviously not so great. While I love my E it was way too easy for Kirby to just wander into the front. I did a lot of research and found that there are not that many types of barriers on the market. The main type I found is a metal set up that is held in place by tension rods from the floor to celing. While these probably do a great job of keeping Rover or Fido in the back they also seem to be a challenge to install and store.
Reason #2. I work for an interior design and home staging company and I am constantly loading my car with furniture, trees, large rugs, you name it. I often need the space between the front seats all the way to the front. I thought that the metal barrier might be a pain to remove and install as often as I need (the dogs are in my car an average of 4-6 days a week). I finally found a barrier that would install and remove quickly, and the best part is folds up and fits in the bungee on the back of the seat.
It is made by Kurgo and is called the back seat barrier. It attaches to the back of the front seats via the headrest rings going through D rings and with little clips that attach to the springs on the bottom of the seats.
The first time I installed it took about 10 minutes. I am now down to about 5 and even less to remove it. It works great and I haven't had any issues with Kirby trying to get into the front seat. The barrier also claims that it can split the backseat in half if you needed to have a backseat passenger. However in the E the backseat is too far away from the front for this feature to work.
Just thought I would let everyone know how awesome this thing is.
Here are some picts without the dogs. I will post some with the dogs later.

07-19-2008, 06:25 PM
I use a similar barrier i found at Wally World. It does a great job of keeping dogzilla in the back where he belongs and it gave one added benefit....because mine goes almost to the floor when combined with the storage armrest it gave me some semi hidden storage space.

07-21-2008, 07:18 PM
How big would you say the gap between the bottom of the barrier and the center cupholder area is? I know you have bigger dogs, but it looks like both my girls would figure out they could squeeze themselves under there in a heartbeat.


07-21-2008, 11:24 PM
The gap is about a foot. Any quick witted smaller dog could figure it out. Kirby gave it a shot but only got his nose through before I yelled at him. He has yet to try it again. I think it would be fairly easy to add something via velcro or saftey pins and then stick it under the cup holder to block the space though. Hope this helps

Ella Ment
01-02-2009, 05:58 AM
Bought this one off I Direct Mart on Ebay for $33. I have a very strong, determined 80 lb pitbull I needed to keep out of the front seats. I knew those barriers made for bucket seats that just go between the seats wouldn't contain him.

This one can go all the way door to door to ceiling to floor. But I didn't want to look through bars if I didn't have to or risk damaging the headliner. And I didn't see a need to go all the way to the doors.

I left off the extensions and left off one of the vertical bars to leave a space for him to stick his head through to eat or drink from a square container placed in the back of the console. I can reach over and pet him.

Works great!

PS Pain in the butt to assemble.

05-25-2009, 02:04 PM
I looked for a long time and have finally found a good barrier to contain two large dogs in the back on my Element. It is made by Precision and I bought it at Petco. Since I removed the two back seats, my barrier needed to extend from floor to ceiling, so I bought two extensions as well. I think the whole thing came to about $200. It is very easy to set up (took about 10 minutes with no tools required). It doesn't have any sharp edges that will mar the finish and it also doesn't make a lot of noise when you travel over uneven surfaces and bumps. It even has a pass-through door so you can tend to you dogs from the front. Just make sure you tighten things up every month or so to make sure it is still secured properly.

Since the Element tailgate is rather high, I also bought a lightweight extendable ramp which makes it very easy for the dogs to get in and out. I bought that at Petsmart.

05-30-2009, 10:19 AM
This is what I did for Mocha as I wanted something I could easily put up and remove. I also have two other dogs that go with her there, and there is plenty of room for them all. I put a dog bed back there as well for them to lay on.

06-16-2009, 08:54 PM
I've ordered a Kurgo pet hammock for the back seat. Looks like it should keep my Basset from getting in the front seat. And keep the hair off the upholstery.

06-29-2009, 09:41 PM
I got a pet barrier like Ella Mental and mounted it behind the front seats. Works great for my Basset, Tucker. The Kurgo pet hammock didnt' really work the way I had hoped. Tucker figured out, if he went under the edge by the door, he could crawl under the hammock and then between the front seats! Bought my pet barrier at, paid around $55 for the barrier with extension. Much cheaper than at Petco!

Check this out:

08-27-2009, 02:50 PM
I use this barrier, I have the back seats out and carry 3 Siberian Huskies who also like to be close to their peeps. They occasionally get a paw on the back of the drivers seat but have never climbed over or distracted me.

08-27-2009, 02:58 PM
I'm still trying to figure out how to keep my Basset from getting over, under or around my pet barrier, so I won't recommend a barrier at the moment!

08-27-2009, 09:22 PM
We just used a cargo net made from bungees to keep our Cane Corso Mastiff in the back when we traveled to Ohio for the meet last year. Course he was pretty laid back and just settled's a pic so you can kinda see it:)

08-27-2009, 10:57 PM
I bought the highland pet barrier from with the 3 bars. It keeps my corgi and my great dane in the back with no problem

12-05-2009, 07:52 PM
Bigger dogs require more space. I made this with a mesh cargo thing from the trunk of another car. It's cut to size and woven through the bungee backs and a couple of black zip ties. Because it's flexible, both seats can move and recline as normal. Have had the rear seats out since new.

12-07-2009, 03:20 PM
Very innovative but it would be a speed bump for my 3 Siberian Huskies as they try to climb over the seat between the headrest and the door. I usually have to tether them to the child seat hooks in the back.

Brian Swope
12-19-2009, 09:28 PM
Thats a great idea, it could be used on teenagers, citizens arrest criminals, obnoxious passengers or people who just don't think the E is the best vehicle ever.

I don't have any pictures with the barrier but here are some of our first mini road trip.

you need slot covers from Ursa Minor

Brian Swope
12-19-2009, 09:31 PM
This is what I did for Mocha as I wanted something I could easily put up and remove. I also have two other dogs that go with her there, and there is plenty of room for them all. I put a dog bed back there as well for them to lay on.

she is sweet

02-29-2012, 02:14 PM
Here's a link to the company's site directly, in case anyone wanted more details.