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Tony H

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Whats the best way to secure our dog when traveling in France? He's a small Cavalier King Charles. I know he can't travel on my knee, can I just secure him via his harness in his bed? Or does he need to be in a pet carrier. How strict are they?
 
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Ours travel in harnesses secured to seatbelts. You don't have to use a carrier, they just have to be secured i.e. not loose to move around the vehicle. How you achieve that is up to you.
 
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We use the fabric type carrier available from pets at home.
The good thing about those is they fold flat so very easily stored.
It's excellent and our little dog likes it as it has mesh on all sides so she doesn't "feel" enclosed in it.

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I use the table leg on an Autosleeper Symbol, works a treat. Sold it now so going to have to think of something else:

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So is it compulsory for them to be secure?

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So is it compulsory for them to be secure?
Not sure of the legalities.
But from a safety point of view.... both for you and the dog.... it makes sense to have the dog restrained.
Something tells me it is compulsory in France to keep an animal "restrained" in transit.
 

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Don't know about compulsory for pets to be secure but would you want a potential missile flying into the cab in an accident or even sharp braking? Our cavvy sits in her bed behind the cab in a harness secured by a thick lead to a table leg.

Edit: A harness rather than a collar which could strangle her.
 
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Thanks I was just wondering if any fines would be issued in places like France ;)
 

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even a small dog weighs as much as a brick and will kill you flying through the air if unrestrained, let alone him/herself. your vehicle would then be out of control putting other road users at risk. It is just not worth it a harness chained down will allow a certain freedom of movement without being dangerous to man nor pet.
 
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Seen a thred some were a chap fined in Spain for dog not restrained

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I used to travel with a Collie and a Terrier and each had their own indoor kennel suitable for their size. Each kennel was securely fixed with straps to prevent any movement. I found this arrangement useful when the door was open for any reason as well, the dogs were completely secure and yet had full freedom of movement to curl up, etc.

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My dog has a harness which is attached to an extended seat belt that clips in the buckle in the normal way. About 4 ft long.
Gives security to stop him dashing out when we open hab. door as well.
 

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You don't legally have to restrain your dog in the UK, but it is advised, and if you don't and a claim is brought against you for damages caused by your dog who wasn't restrained you will be liable.

Rule 57 in the Highway Code covers this: https://www.gov.uk/rules-about-animals-47-to-58/other-animals-56-to-58

As it doesn't include the words "MUST" its not the Law just guidance. - "although failure to comply with the other rules of The Highway Code will not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted, The Highway Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts (see The road user and the law) to establish liability. This includes rules which use advisory wording such as ‘should/should not’ or ‘do/do not’."

Weights of vehicles and of dogs also need to be considered - A King Charles Spaniel in a double decker bus is not much of a risk - The vehicle is only going to stop quickly if it hits something considerably heavier than itself, and a small weight won't have much momentum so wont cause much damage anyway. But a Rottweiler in a small camper van - Different matter entirely...
 

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The wording of the French law is something like " you're dog must not be able to become a missile" I've never heard of anyone, British or French, being challenged in France about a dog/dogs in a vehicle.

The soft sided collapsible crates are brilliant, I used them for my cats when in the motorhome. Cheaper on Ebay.
 

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Our two dogs travel between the front seats, it's unlikely they will become "missiles as they are just behind the bulkhead / dash.
We did think of restraining them, but you need a harness and something substantial to secure it to. We don't have anything we could use. A dog secured by a lead connected to its collar will likely be "hung" in the event of a collision or at best suffer serious trauma to it neck.

A harness is safer, but may not stop the dog becoming injured, it's main purpose is to stop the dog flying about and becoming the aforementioned missile.

We just drive safely and keep our fingers crossed. It's worked for me for over 40 years!

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One of the key reasons we got a motorhome with sufficient seatbelt points.
Dog travels in his harness and "plugged into" one of these.

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Meg has a harness connected to a rear seat belt socket, which allows her freedom to travel either on the L shaped settee behind the passenger seat where she has a good view, or in her bed on the floor adjacent. We cover the settee with non slip mats and a cover made from an old sheet so she doesn't slide on the leather. She seems very happy with this arrangement and will quite happily travel all day, with toilet breaks of course, my need is greater than hers.
 

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My two always travel in a cage for their safety and ours. In Germany they have to be restrained as on the spot fines can be given.
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