He may love a cushy comforter to lie on while crated, or he may prefer the coolness of a bare crate floor.
It is certainly safest to transport your dog in a vehicle if he is properly crated. Also, there comes a time in the lives of many dogs when they need to be on "restricted activity," whether following surgery, or perhaps for a torn ACL, broken limb, or some other medical mishap.
A dog who is calm, relaxed, and even happy about being crated will endure these trying times far more easily than one who is stressed about his enforced confinement.
(Dogs that chew from separation anxiety, however, should not be crated.)
Dogs with moderate to severe separation anxiety or with barrier frustration--claustrophobia--shouldn't be crated. There are cases of dogs literally injuring themselves in the crate by breaking teeth or ripping out nails in an attempt to escape.
In addition, no adult dog should ever be crated for a period longer than eight hours, and puppies should only be crated for a short time.
If he's crated in your pickup bed, his crate should be chained and locked to the vehicle.
* SPANIELS "Keeping your dog crated while traveling," Bob said, "is a safety measure as important as wearing your seatbelt.
When staying overnight in a motel that accepts pets, keep your in-room dog crated, at least whenever you are out of the room.
I'm sorry beyond measure that the demonstration proving crates essential happened, but I'm beyond glad that they were crated.
* A crated dog cannot leave the car without permission.
* Crated dogs in a multi-dog household cannot get into fights.
The list of things a dog can't do while crated
is even longer, and includes chewing through electrical cords, stealing your socks, getting into the garbage, tormenting the cat, and peeing behind the sofa.
If your dog isn't already crate-happy, you need to start there, with crate-training at home, before you can expect him to be happy about being crated
in the car.