Since I am going to be having Riley in my car more and more, I decided to find a better, safer way to restrain him while in the car. Right now, I tie a lead to his collar and then to a latch in the floor of my Honda CRV (in the back "trunk" area). Ideally, I want to keep him back there and not in the back seat. I rather not use a crate so I was thinking of something like this..
http://www.petedge.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=5056&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=445&iSubCat=446&iSubSubCat=450&iProductID=5056

..in combination with something to keep his tethered to some part of the car (so he can't go flying in an accident). Do I need to have him tethered to something? If so, I guess I will have to get a harness too since he doesn't have one. Or is the above product enough? Or is there something better?
What do others do when in comes to larger dogs and car rides?
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Since I am going to be having Riley in my car more and more, I decided to find a better, ... there andnot in the back seat. I rather not use a crate so I was thinking of something like this..

http://www.petedge.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=5056&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=445&iSubCat=446&iSubSubCat=450&iProductID=5056
..in combination with something to keep his tethered to some partof the car (so he can't go flying in an ... product enough? Or is there something better? What do others do when in comes to larger dogs and car rides?

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The barrier should work out fine. Just add an old blanket or fleece for him to lie on and to keep your car clean. I would not tether him if using this method. If you don't want to use the barrier gate, then you could buy a special dog safety harness that is used with your seat belts for the back seat.
Right now, I tie a lead to his collar and then to a latch in the floor of my Honda CRV (in the back "trunk" area).

Don't do that! If you have even a minor collision, or if you have to stop short, you could break his neck.
Do I need to have him tethered to something?

Yes! Or securely crated.
What do others do when in comes to larger dogs and car rides?

I would never leave a dog of mine, no matter what size, unrestrained in a car.
1. Even a small dog is a loaded missile if you have a wreck.
2. If you are pulled over, your dog is in danger of being harmedor even killed by police if it looks at them cross-eyed.
3. If you have a wreck, the dog may interfere with rescueworkers' attempts to help you.

4. If you have a wreck, the dog may escape the car and either bekilled by on-coming traffic or cause additional wrecks when drivers try to avoid hitting it.
A barrier may slow down a hurtling dog, and it may keep rescuers or police from feeling threatened by the dog, but I don't think it's a good solution. I think a crate or a sturdy, purpose-made harness is far better. Walking harnesses and leashes are not sufficiently strong to use for this purpose.
I like Ruff Rider harnesses (http://www.ruffrider.com /). Make sure, whatever brand you use, that it has a wide, well padded chest strap, because that's the area that's likely to take the brunt of the impact. You want the dog's chest to be well cushioned, and the force to be spread out over as large an area as possible.

If you find that the seatbelt/harness combo does not provide sufficient room to move around, then you can use an adapter. Again, make sure it is purpose made, or it will not be able to withstand the force of a serious collision.
http://snipurl.com/69u1
or

Crating is another option. If you go that route, make sure the crate is sturdy and that it is securely strapped down with heavy- duty rope or webbing (e.g. not bungee cords).

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Since I am going to be having Riley in my car more and more, I decided to find a better, ... to his collar and then to a latch in the floor of my Honda CRV (in the back "trunk" area).

Not a good idea, though it may keep you safe from flying dogs in an accident.
Ideally, I want to keep him back there and not in the back seat. I rather not use a crate

Why?
so I was thinking of something like this.. http://www.petedge.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemI D=5056&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=445&iSubCat=446&iSubSubCat= 450&iProductID=5056

It wanted a ZIP code, which I don't have, so I used good old
90210.

If you have room for a barrier, you have room for a nice safe crate.
What do others do when in comes to larger dogs and car rides?

I use crates. I won't take dogs into my daycare (and whose owners want me to walk them - which sometimes involves a drive) unless they're comfortable in a crate.
In my mind, crates are the safest way to transport a dog.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Right now, I tie a lead to his collar and ... floor of my Honda CRV (in the back "trunk" area).

Don't do that! If you have even a minor collision, or if you have to stop short, you could break his neck.

It was what I did in a pinch but not something I want to do ever again.
What do others do when in comes to larger dogs and car rides?

I would never leave a dog of mine, no matter what size, unrestrained in a car. 1. Even a small ... the car and either be killed by on-coming traffic or cause additional wrecks when drivers try to avoid hitting it.

all good points, that's why I always secure Maui and Cali.
A barrier may slow down a hurtling dog, and it may keep rescuers or police from feeling threatened by the ... dog's chest to be well cushioned, and the force to be spread out over as large an area as possible.

this is good if it can clip to a spot in my car other than the seatbelt.
If you find that the seatbelt/harness combo does not provide sufficient room to move around, then you can use an ... or it will not be able to withstand the force of a serious collision. http://snipurl.com/69u1 or

sounds good, thanks for the link.
I wanted something that's easy to take in and out or that doesn't take up much room and could stay in all the time. I figured a barrier or special harness would fit that criteria better than a crate.
so I was thinking of something like this.. http://www.petedge.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemI D=5056&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=445&iSubCat=446&iSubSubCat= 450&iProductID=5056

It wanted a ZIP code, which I don't have, so I used good old 90210. If you have room for a barrier, you have room for a nice safe crate.

I'm not so sure about that. I'd have to measure my car first I guess, but the space really looks too small for a crate that's also going to be big enough for Riley.
What do others do when in comes to larger dogs and car rides?

Crates, Put a large side door crate sideways in the back of your SUV. You can put groceries in there when there's no dog. You'll get odd looks, but what the heck.

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The barrier should work out fine.

Barriers break in real accidents and can be dangerous.
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I use crates. I won't take dogs into my daycare (and whose owners want me to walk them - which sometimes involves a drive) unless they're comfortable in a crate.

Man, I ought to send you my two dogs just to see how you manage. There aren't very many vehicles that could fit two crates that can accommodate these two beasties.
In my mind, crates are the safest way to transport a dog.

Probably, although it isn't always practical (not suggesting that Jenny shouldn't do it).
Suja
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