What is the best way to travel in a car with a small dog? Car Seat, Seat-belt harness or crate? My old dog used a seat-belt harness and was fine, but I don't know what is best if I get in an accident..
I don't know if my answer is right or wrong, but I can tell you what worked for me when I had a serious accident. I had my dog in a harness that was attached to the locked seatbelt. This probably saved Princes life, but he was also an 80lb boxer and not a pug, so a pug might call for something different. I have been meaning to ask this question, so I am also very interested in what the answer is.
I have had all sorts of methods for transporting my Pugs over the years. We started in the 90's they just sat in the back seat and when safety measures started to be introduced we got seat belt harness for both of them. The only problem I had with them was that we could not leave them in them for any time or they got tangled.
With Hektor we started with a soft box mostly because we did not know how we were going to get it into the car. This worked well for a while, we folded down the back seat and it went behind the driver's seat. When he grew to his full size we bought a proper box, the sort that you would use for airlines. He is used to it and travels very well in it. We have subsequently bought a new car which is very small but his box still fits albeit sideways and we do not worry about a loose dog in the car.
I have both a crate and seatbelts for my pugs. I have two pugs, and if they are traveling together I always put them in their crate. They actually seem to enjoy being in there the most in the car. If they are traveling alone, sometimes I will let them use their seatbelts, but I am always afraid they will not be as safe in that.