travelling with dogs

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  1. Frankie

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    Hi,anyone out there with any ideas on the safe transport of 2 large dogs,german shepherd and a newfoundland cross,getting our first motorhome shortly,(newlife Lp) and not keen on crates or seat harnesses,many thanks.
     
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    We do not like crates or harnesses either so I just suggest making very strict rules from the very start....decide where is safest and best for the dogs to travel and stick to it!! When we had our latest addition (rescue pup) we found that for a few journeys we had to keep him on a short lead....awkward for the passenger but it showed him where he was to travel!! :Rofl1: Best of luck and have fun!! Ana x
     
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    Many thanks for that,will give it a try:Smile:
     
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    Hi, our two travel everywhere with us, I have fitted an eye bolt through the recessed table leg socket so when travelling the dogs wear body harnesses and are attached to the floor, on a short lead they can lie down quite comfortably. Larger dogs would need reinforced fixing bolted not screwed to the floor, when not in use the eye bolt is below the floor level so nothing to trip over. Keeps both you and the dogs safe.
     
  5. Frankie

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    Thanks Roger,Thats a great idea,at least they would have a bit of freedom depending on length of lead.:Cool:
     
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    The harness (from Lidl/Aldi a couple of years back) has a short lead with a seatbelt sticky-inny bit... £3 for a seat belt clicky-inny bit from a scrapyard. Fortunately the passenger seat mount had a suitable hole to bolt it to. Total cost around a tenner.

    Dog has room to move around a little and soon settles to sleep!

    The lead is short enough to stop the dog going through the windscreen and/or braining me in the event of an accident:thumb:
     
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    Just looked at the website dogbags,they look really comfy,this may be the answer,many thanks.
     
  9. Onderweg

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    Hi,
    Our freshwater tank is embedded in a metal frame which is secured to the wall and the floor and placed under one of the benches.
    Our German shepard Giddy wears a body harness and is attached with a lead to this metal frame.

    By the way, in many countries, f.i. Germany dogs must be fastened while driving
     
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    You say dogs must be fastened when driving in Germany. Is this law and do police check? What about France, Belgium etc
     
  11. yodeli

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    Well, never heard about such a law in France (and i always had dogs with me). I'll check, just in case, and let you know!


    Amicalement
    Frankie:Smile:(the french one!:Wink:)
     
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    It's law in Germany and you can get a fine of 35 - 50 Euro
    I dont know for the other countries, but will try to check that for you.

    Here a part of a German article

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    Der Hund als zu sichernde Ladung
    Genauso wie Gurtpflicht für Menschen oder eine Freisprecheinrichtung beim Telefonieren im Auto eine Vorschrift zur Verkehrssicherheit ist, gehört auch das Sichern von Ladung dazu. Der Gesetzgeber betrachtet auch Hunde als solche, daher ist eine ordnungsgemäße Sicherung des Vierbeiners Pflicht. Wer sein Tier im Auto frei mitfahren lässt und erwischt wird, muss mit einem Bußgeld von 35 bis 50 Euro rechnen.
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    In short, a dog is never allowed on a front seat, if in the car it must be fastened and if in the trunk this trunk must be closed in such a way that the dog cannot go/get into the compartment of the car.

    By the way, do you know that, if temperature drops below 7 degrees Celsius and you are driving in Germany and get involved in an accident without having winter tyres you can/will have a hard time proofing that the accident is not caused by the fact that you don't have winter tyres. Its not a law but be aware
     
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    Hello!

    Up to now didn't manage to have a proper answer:Sad:. It seems that nobody knows if there's any law at all :RollEyes:. I've asked to the police department, to the gendarmerie ,then tried insuranse, vet, and this morning checked with the administrative centre of my department (haute garonne 31). When asking, the lady told me i was the first one to ask such a question and seemed to much more worry about the purpose of my question. So now funsters you can consider yourselves as being introduced to the administrative centre of haute garonne, as i explained who was asking!:Laughing:
    She, then ,decided to check with their own vet department, asked for my phine number and promissed to give me a proper answer:thumb:. So that's where we got now. I'm waiting and let you know.
    I just wanted to keep you informed, and let you know i hadn't forget about the question!:Wink:


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    Hi!

    I have now the answer to the question: nobody could find any law which would oblige you to have your pet in a box ,or, to keep it on a lead in your motorhome while driving. Now make sure that your insurance won't turn the situation ( if you're involved in a carcrash) to their advantage if you didn't !

    Hope i answered properly to your question:Wink:

    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    Safe transport of big dogs

    When we travel in our motorhome, we ensure that our two bernese mountain dogs and our german shepherd are lay down in the back, away from the cab, we put a barrier to ensure this.
    We have never had much problem with them moving about and also
    put a load of blankets and bedding with them ,so in the case of an
    accident(god forbid!) they are cushioned to some extent
    paul
     
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    hi paul,
    that conjures up a strange picture.......a dog, driving in germany.:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    we,re reasonbly new as well - border collie who dosen't like travel but tolerates it for the th long walks - used to sit under our feet at front but kept creeping closer to hubbys feet while driving!! (he's the main walker) now sits sits almost happily on blanket on rear seats - as long as we keep talking to him - men eh!!!
     
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    Oh yes they have....:thumb:

    taken from the highway code....

    <<CLICK>> and scroll to item 57....
     
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    :Eeek:John....yoohoo.... shall i remind you i'm living in France with FRENCH highway code!:Laughing: This is english highway code:Doh::Wink:
     
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    yes frankie, i know you are in france but the original thread by frankie was regarding what to do with dog/pets in england :Wink:

    john.
     
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