Whether your German Shepherd Dog is 6 months, 1 year or 5 years old, you will have to transport him by car one day or the other. Indeed, for a visit to the veterinarian, for a trip on vacation or for a walk in the woods, your German Shepherd Dog will have to be transported by car.
So you’re probably wondering how to do it? Where to put your German Shepherd Dog: on a seat, in the box, attached, in a cage?
This article will help you to know the different modes of transport of a German Shepherd Dog by car and the equipments that guarantees your safety as well as his.
Transporting an German Shepherd Dog by car – Good practices
Before thinking about transport safety, it is essential to remember a few basic concepts for the well-being of your German Shepherd Dog:
- Get your German Shepherd Dog used to getting into your car regularly from an early age.
So that he doesn’t get too stressed, take the time to gradually get him used to the car. You can make several short trips, reward him with a treat so that he associates transport with positive things…
- Never leave your German Shepherd Dog alone in the car, even with the window open, in the shade or even in winter (risk of excessive heat, injuries…)
- When travelling by car with your German Shepherd Dog, stop every 2 hours for his needs and give him something to drink.
- Ensure that the driver is safe.
- Make sure that your German Shepherd Dog is safe.
Traveling by car with a German Shepherd Dog – Safety of your German Shepherd Dog
Only one essential rule to follow: Do not leave your German Shepherd Dog free in the car. Indeed, he could be hurt, fall or suffer an impact if he brakes hard. You will see below the different modes of transport and their accessories that you will adapt to your German Shepherd Dog, in particular to guarantee its safety.
Traveling by car with a German Shepherd Dog – Driver safety
It makes good sense to say that the driver should not be distracted, molested, embarrassed or upset while driving! In addition, the road code specifies that the driver must have full control of his vehicle, that his “possibilities of movement and field of vision must not be reduced by the number or position of passengers, by objects…”. It is therefore important to ensure that your German Shepherd Dog does not disturb you while driving your vehicle. To do this, you have several solutions: put it in a box, tie it in front, put it in the back, put it in the trunk, with a net or a separation grid…
Traveling by car with a German Shepherd Dog – Where to put your German Shepherd Dog?
It is a solution that I would rather recommend for puppies or young German Shepherd Dog because you will be able to get them used to it more easily. It is also made for the German Shepherd Dog adults but some may be more resistant. Thanks to this box, you will drive with peace of mind since the German Shepherd Dog will not move.
Where to place the crate for the transport of your German Shepherd Dog in your car?
It is up to you to see where to put it according to the size of the box, the important thing being that it is well positioned so that it does not move.
If the body is large, it is best to put it in the trunk, but it must be strapped so that it does not move in the event of sudden braking or violent impact.
AmazonBasics Single Door & Double Door Folding Metal Dog Crate
It is one of the best crates sold online. It is sold in several sizes to fit the size of your German Shepherd Dog. The presence of 2 doors is practical. The locks guarantee a secure closure. Well designed, this cage can be installed and folded in a few seconds. And above all, there is no angle, corner, or piece of metal that protrudes and could hurt your German Shepherd Dog. This space-saving cage is easy to fold.
Many good opinions: quality, size, solidity… I noticed many good comments as for this Internet user who tells us that she bought this crate to accustom her puppy to transport by car but that it is her German Shepherd Dog one adult who took her place.
Carry your German Shepherd Dog in the trunk of the car
This is the solution that owners of large dogs choose. I recommend this mode of transport for the German Shepherd Dog adults. It is the most secure solution for both the driver and the German Shepherd Dog. Of course, your German Shepherd Dog will have to be used to it before it is stressed.
And in addition, you will have to make sure that your German Shepherd Dog cannot jump into the passenger compartment of the car. To do this, I advise you to buy a grid or a separation net that you will have to place between the boot and the rest of the car.
Here is a good effective net to block access to the front of the vehicle, practical and easy to attach and with an excellent value for money:
Veckle Cargo Liner SUV Cargo Cover for Dog
This protective trunk cover will also be useful to keep your car clean. The one I have selected is waterproof, non-slip, robust and suitable for most cars, SUVs and Van. Its fixing system is very practical.
Carry your German Shepherd Dog on the back seats of the car
This is another solution if you don’t have room in the trunk or if your German Shepherd Dog is too stressed and needs to feel closer.
In this case, either your German Shepherd Dog is attached to the seat belt, which is connected to a harness (not a collar), or you use a seat cover for German Shepherd Dog. This last equipment is preferred because you keep your car clean.
Waterproof Dog Car Seat Covers
We have chosen a very good cover with a good quality/price ratio that:
- protects your back seat from scratches, dirt, hair…
- can be easily installed like a hammock,
- has a fastening system (free seat belt),
- is waterproof and of good quality, durable, resistant,
- adjustable strap to fit all cars.
Carry your puppy on the front seat of the car
Dog Pet Car Seat Covers
Here is the ideal equipment to transport your little German Shepherd Dog in your car by keeping it close to you (provided it is calm). It can also be installed in the back seat of your car. This hammock-shaped seat/bag (or car seat) comes with an adjustable leash for a secure hold of your German Shepherd Dog. You can provide an additional attachment if necessary. This seat is waterproof and robust.
2-in-1 function: It can be folded like a basket and also like a simple seat cover.