Dog Crates & Dog Travel
Dog crates for car journeys and other occasions
Whether you're going to the vet, on holiday or for your day-to-day walk, a dog crate is always beneficial. Does your dog go everywhere with you? Then you should definitely get a dog crate. In order to help you choose the right one, we have summarised some important points for you here and listed the key qualities of a good dog crate.
What do I need a dog crate for in the car?
Dog crates fulfil the same function for dogs in cars as a seatbelt does for you. Its purpose is to protect the dog, vehicle and passengers. A dog's security should never be neglected. If you just put your dog loose in your vehicle, you may be fined 30 euros. If there is a hazard, you must pay 60 euros and 75 euros if there is damage to property. In Flensburg, hazard and property damage also lead to you getting a point on your licence.
What has to be considered when buying a dog crate?
Weight is an important factor when choosing a dog crate. Models that are made entirely or almost entirely of metal are much heavier, but also more stable than hard plastic dog crates. For long journeys and high temperatures, it's beneficial if the sides of the dog crate are partially latticed or made of netting, which allows better air circulation. If both are missing, ventilation slits in the walls can provide some draught.
How big should a dog crate ideally be?
The ideal size for a dog crate depends on your four-legged friend's physique. Dogs should have enough space to lie down, sit or stand and to turn around fully on the spot without touching the sides of the crate. A box that is too small can soon lead to a dog feeling uncomfortable and cramped. This is very stressful for dogs, so you shouldn't put your beloved pet through it.
How are dog crates attached in cars?
In order for a dog crate to ideally protect your dog in the car, a reliable safety guard is essential and prescribed in § 22 of the traffic regulations. The crate must not slip even during an emergency stop or abrupt evasive manoeuvre. You largely already ensure your dog's security by choosing a model that only just fits in the boot area or on the back seat. If this isn't the case, you can use thick blankets to add the necessary cushioning at the sides. An anti-slip mat also slows down sliding motions. Tensioning straps can be used for actually attaching the crate. Indeed, many dog crates are already fitted with suitable fastening devices.
How do you get a dog used to a crate?
Get your dog used to the crate before using it in the car and proceed step by step. If the upper part is removable, you can set up the lower base as a cosy spot to lie with a blanket. Only close the crate briefly at first and reward your dog if it keeps calm. Gradually extend the time that your dog spends in the crate. The next step is then putting the crate in the car. If it works well with the car doors closed, you can drive a short distance and gradually increase it.