the best dog-friendly vehicles to travel in
12-04-153 mins read
As dog owners become more conscious of pet safety when traveling, a car with pet-friendly features is becoming a must-have. Here are few we hear are great.
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As dog owners become more conscious of pet safety when traveling, a car with pet-friendly features is becoming a must-have. Here are few we hear are great.

The Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles To Travel In

In a recent blog, we mentioned that 81% of dog owners consider their dogs to be true family members, equal in status to children. So, it makes sense that we shop for cars with our dog’s safety and comfort in mind.

“What’s the latest trend in car-buying? The hunt for the perfect “dog mobile,” said John Tesh, host of the radio show, Intelligence for Your Life. “Basically, people picking their ride based on the pets they have – so their furry friends can travel and run errands with them comfortably and safely.”

You will see a lot of our crates in the back of pickup trucks, but a pickup truck does not always fit into the lifestyle of all dog owners. Gunner Kennels also fit well in mini-vans, SUVs and hatchbacks. Here’s a list of some great vehicles for dogs and their owners.

Do-It-All Crossover

Subaru Outback and Forester

With reports stating that 69% of Subaru car owners have pets, Subaru is taking the lead on studying the safety of pet travel products.

“We at Subaru recognize the importance of keeping the entire family safe on the road, including our beloved pets,” said Michael McHale, Subaru’s director of corporate communications. “Alongside Center for Pet Safety, we are proud to help lead the charge in identifying the best crates and carriers for pet lovers everywhere, while, more importantly, making pet parents aware of the safety measures they can take and the dangers that can occur if they don’t. We recommend that owners choose the right sized crate for their dog, which is generally six inches longer than the body of the dog. We are also pleased that our crossover vehicles, which are award winners themselves for safety, accept most crate and carrier sizes.”

When Consumer Reports asked their Facebook followers to choose a vehicle that is currently available in the U.S. that they want to live with as a daily driver, the winner was the 2015 Subaru Outback wagon with 25 percent of the vote, and second place went to the 2015 Forester SUV (24 percent).

Subaru’s benchmark safety ratings, combined with ample cargo space and a Gunner Kennel, makes it a great family vehicle for safe travels with your pet at a very reasonable price, wherever the road of adventure may take you.

Gizmag.com has this to say about the 2016 Forester: “It promises everything you need for a night, day or weekend trip out to the theater, to grandma’s house, or to your favorite lake. Everything about the Forester is aimed towards family hauling with that Subaru ‘go there, do that’ mentality.”

Long Range Hauler

Ram City Wagon

The Ram City Wagon has numerous features that make it dog friendly. As you can see in the video below, there is an ample cargo space and multiple anchor point to hold a couple of Gunner Kennel crates. We think it would be perfect for dog owners who travel to shows and field trials.

Family Fun

Chrysler Town & Country

While our dog crates will fit in any mini-van, we included the Chrysler Town & Country in this list because of the many positive reviews we have heard from our customers. Getting two crates into the rear cargo area is a breeze. If you fold down the seats, you can fit up to four. Whatever mini-van you decide to choose, some dog-friendly features you want to look for include adequate window and A/C vents in the rear and cargo attachments to strap your crate down.

The Hybrid

Chevrolet Colorado

While we tried to leave pickup trucks off this list, you can’t ignore the versatility of the mid-size Colorado. The spacious area available in the crew cab model feels like an SUV (and rides like one too), but you still have a 5-foot bed to easily load, unload and strap down multiple crates. 

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GUNNER strap sets are the only ones that we recommend, and have met each of the brand’s crash test standards. They are the straps that the Center For Pet Safety recommends using when anchoring your crate to your vehicle for 5 Star Crash Test certified safety.

Our new & improved tie-downs are made with an extra-thick custom cam buckle for additional break strength and a synthetic material that ensures you can leave these out 24/7: better guarding against fading and stretching, and perfect for high abrasion environments.

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Your dog works hard for you – this fan works hard for your dog. The GUNNER Fan Kit is a high-powered device designed to mount easily to the crate, with a stainless steel mounting rod and custom tensions bolts. Built to provide significant ventilation, especially while kennel is stationary. A durable structure, just like our customers are accustomed to.

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  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
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Amazing travel kennel

This thing is built like a tank. I have no doubt this will protect our little guy if we are ever involved in an accident. We recently completed an 800 mile road trip with him in the crate. It was well worth the money. This was the first time he was calm in the car and not whining. He slept easily during the drive. We felt calm know he was secure and comfortable. Cannot recommend this crate enough!!

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Unlike any other crate I have seen

I purchased two Gunner kennels, a medium and a small, for my pups. Immediately, you understand this is a different level of product compared to what you’ve used before. The construction is fantastic and legitimately heavy duty. I feel so much better knowing I’ve done everything I can to keep my dogs safe in case of a worst case scenario.

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  • How would you describe your dog? Gun or Bird Dog
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Best purchase for my best friends

I’ve been buying cheap kennels for the four years I’ve owned my dogs, none of them seemed to hold up. I’ve wanted a Gunner for a year now, and the more I read stories of how they have saved dogs lives, it made me think of how losing my best friends would damn near **** me. So I made the purchase and will never look back. It is one solid kennel and I will not let the kennel hold me back from traveling farther to hunt anymore. It’s well worth the investment. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and this will not let anyone down.