Shiba Inu In The Car

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Driving safely with a dog in the car

Taking your Shiba Inu on the trip is of course an obvious choice for many owners – the whole family should be with them when it comes to holidays! A journey often involves many, long transport hours, so to make it as easy as possible for you, we have gathered our best tips.

Traveling by car with your Shiba Inu

Taking the dog by car is convenient, then you can decide for yourself when you want to stop for a break and rest. Keeping the dog loose in the car is illegal in many countrys, just like humans, the dog must be secured when braking – either in a cage, with a gate and grille or with a car harness. 

When choosing a dog cage, you should think about what model of car you have and how big your dog is.

The size of the Dog crate 

According to law in many countries, a dog that is transported in a cage/crate is entitled to the following minimum dimensions:

  • Length = the dog’s length from the tip of the nose to the buttocks when the dog is in a normal position. Times 1.10.
  • Width = the dog’s chest width times 2.5. The dog should be able to lie down and turn unhindered.
  • Height = the dog’s height above the top of the head when the dog is in a normal position.

Safety first!

  • A stray dog in the car is fatal to both the dog and the passenger in a collision.
  • A small Shiba Inu of 6 kg gets a force equivalent to about 800 kg in a collision at 90 km / h.
  • A German Shepherd of 30 kg gets a force equivalent to 1200 kg in a collision at 50 km / h. At 90 km / h, the power is almost four tons.

Dog gate, car grille and divider

An alternative to a cage is to have a dog gate together with a stable grille in the luggage compartment, this can be a good choice for larger dogs or cars with a little less luggage space. A car grille mounted between the luggage compartment and the rear seat protects both people and animals. Divide the space in the luggage with a divider to be able to transport two dogs, or if you want to use half the luggage space for the dog and half for the pack.

Car harness – an alternative to a car cage

There are car harnesses adapted for dogs for those who do not have the space or the ability to have a cage. The car harnesses are designed for dogs and are available in various sizes. They’re quickly attached to the seat belt. In this way, the dog is stuck just like the other passengers in the event of a collision. Be sure to have plenty of space between the dog and the seat in front to prevent the dog from crashing into the seat before the seat belt stops.

There are also special extensions that are attached to the dog’s harness and the belt buckle.

Make the trip comfortable

Put a soft and comfortable sleeping pad in the cage. Some models have a dirt-repellent and durable underside of nylon, as well as a removable cover that can be removed and washed. If the dog is playful, it may be a good idea to choose a plaid with anti-slip so that it stays in fasten a practical Feel freetravel water bottle with a built-in water bowl in the belt, so you have water and a bowl close at hand during the trip.


  • Dog should be rested and given water at least every six hours, preferably more often.
  • A bitch that runs must be transported separately from male dogs.
  • If you are transporting more than one dog in a cage, the width of each dog should be increased by the width of the largest dog’s chest. 

Flights and trains

If you are going to fly, each airline has its own regulations for the size of dog cages or transport bags allowed. You will find the information at each airlines homepage. 

Train companies also have different guidelines for allowing a dog in the passenger cabin. Most of them allow dogs in some carriages, which are typically marked with a sign.