What do Dog Owners do to protect your car's interiors?

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by T, Jan 8, 2004.

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    T Guest

    GF has a WRX wagon (still haven't found a good steel interior fence for
    same), and the pups have nails that don't retract, don't-cha know.

    Any good tips n' tricks for long term dog/Subaru ownership?

    T, Jan 8, 2004
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    powertrain Guest

    Shoot the dog. Or get a Baja...
    powertrain, Jan 9, 2004
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    Harvey Guest

    How about crates for the dogs?
    Harvey, Jan 9, 2004
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    Le Bernadin Guest

    What reaction did you anticipate receiving to this when you typed it? Has
    it lived up to expectations?
    Le Bernadin, Jan 9, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    DeNail the dogs
    Edward Hayes, Jan 9, 2004
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    powertrain Guest

    Dunno. You're asking the wrong person. Best vehicle to have with a dog
    is a pick-up truck.
    powertrain, Jan 9, 2004
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    Greg Guest

    I've had good success with thick towels on the seats. You can get a color
    that matches or contrasts to suit your style.
    Greg, Jan 10, 2004
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    T Guest

    Not very useful suggestions. I think the wrong person answered in your case.

    Thx most every body else.

    T, Jan 11, 2004
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    ThaDriver Guest

    If you look around you should be able to find a heavy duty rubber rear mat for your WRX (I would think). They make them that partially cover the sides in case of spills. The mesh fence is also a great idea; get one custom built (shouldn't cost that much & your car is worth it).
    Other than that; leave the dogs home, buy a $200 car to haul them in, use transport cages, train the dogs to lay in the floorboard.....
    ~ Paul
    aka "Tha Driver"
    ThaDriver, Jan 11, 2004
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    Shamus in CO Guest

    I went to a local fabric store and got a couple yards of fleece fabric to
    cover the rear seat that was almost an exact match to my interior(they have
    TONS of colors). The lady there said it would be a "hair magnet" and sure
    enough it is, but it traps the hair to it, not the rest of the interior. Of
    course, keeping the mutt in the back seat and not up in front with me is
    another problem. Got a barrier for that one!
    Shamus in CO, Jan 11, 2004
  11. Subaru sell a seat protector that goes across the back seat and straps
    around the various headrests... it seems to work quite well; it's a 'furry'
    one (they sell different versions) which means that our dog and two cats can
    get a good grip when we're driving.
    Michael Tomlinson, Jan 11, 2004
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    Alan Guest

    Your dog should be "seat" belted in. This will serve many purposes: Save his
    life in an accident, keeps him in the back seat, makes it harder for him to
    wreck the car. There are special seat belt harnesses available.
    Alan, Jan 12, 2004
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    Edward Hayes Guest

    You are right on Alan. Many states require that pets be secured when not
    caged and then only in the rear of the vehicle.
    Edward Hayes, Jan 12, 2004
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    Del Guest

    ah dont you just love the juvenile advice you get on this group.I had a
    major problem before christmas when our German Shepherd broke the dog guard
    in my Legacy Wagon and ate the front door trim panels. I have owned a
    variety of cars and had different guards (grilles) my experience is that
    the motor- spares shop guards with moveable side pieces are about as much
    use as chocolate against a determined
    dog.Single piece units that bolt on are the best coupled with a fitted
    loadspace bag/cover to prevent hairs and mud sticking to everywhere or
    better a flight box although that might not be an option with the sloping
    rear window in the Impreza. My Springers ( gundogs) were never that much of
    a problem but GSDs are a whole different ball game
    Del, Jan 15, 2004
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    T Guest



    Right now they are getting around loose on short trips or caged in a
    soft kennel on mid to longer trips.

    I like the vest w/ bungee cord idea, these are medium size dogs, not big
    demon eating Rotts.

    Also the fitted covers are appealing, still looking for them.

    T, Jan 16, 2004
  16. In my Forster I have an aftermarket divider that uses two threaded
    rods to press the divider against the cieling while the rods press
    against the floor. It works well but my Husky behaves well and
    doesn't try to defeat it. My intention was to keep him from flying
    into the passenger compartment on hard braking.
    Steve Bukosky, Jan 19, 2004
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