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Old 26-08-2012, 08:29 AM
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Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

Prompted by another thread I was just wondering if it's ever safe to leave a dog alone in a car.

Obviously I'm aware that leaving a dog in a car during even warm days can be incredibly dangerous, but I was just wondering what the rules were for winter? Is it a blanket rule to NEVER leave your dogs alone in a car, or would it be Ok for example to leave a dog in a car for 5 minutes, during the winter?

Under what circumstances, if any, do people here leave their dogs in the car alone?
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Old 26-08-2012, 08:35 AM
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

Obviously I'd never leave McKenzie in the car on a warm day.

I do occasionally leave her in the car if I need to pop in somewhere on the way to or from a walk with her - e.g. popping into the post office when I know it will be quiet, or going in to get petrol. If I'm going to be longer than about 3-4 minutes, then I don't do it. And I always park as close to where I am going as possible.

As well as the heat aspect, I'm always aware of opportunities for theft.
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Old 26-08-2012, 08:35 AM
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

I've never left mine in the car. If I go somewhere I can't take the dogs then they stay at home.
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Old 26-08-2012, 08:36 AM
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

I never leave my dogs in the car unattended. Not even at shows. For me, it's just much of a risk of them being stolen.

If I had lockable car crates, where I could leave the tailgate open I'd consider it, but still probably wouldn't leave them for more than 5 minutes.
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Old 26-08-2012, 08:38 AM
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

Not even for a second, I would never live with myself if they werent there when I got back. I either leave them at home or someone stays in the car with them.
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

Dave goes in a crate in the car and I do pop into a shop if I need to and leave him. Never for more than a few minutes and never if it's too warm of course.

I personally don't see a problem with it if done with highest consideration to your dog, but understand why some people won't.
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

I don't leave Bruno on his own because he was really nervous of the car when we got him, he's beginning to love it (now he realises it is the portal to amazing walking places like the beach) and will jump right in and settle.

However if we stop too long, at lights or in traffic he will start to cry a wee bit.
We have stopped at the shops before but one of us has always stayed with him.
I imagine if i left him alone he would get quite upset.So i don't.

HOWEVER! If he was sound with the car and the weather wasn't roasting or (a rare occasion up in my neck of the woods) some other extreme I wouldn't think much of cracking a window and nipping into the shop for 5 mins or so.

I wouldn't leave my dog tied up outside certain shops though, certainly in certain areas, reckon he'd get stolen... much safer in the car!
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

i haven't got a car yet, but would never ever leave the dogs alone in the car doesn't matter how warm or cold the weather is, just don't understand why anybody would think it's ok to do it
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

For those who leave their dogs, even for a few minutes. Would you leave an expensive mobile phone, or a couple of hundred ús on full view to everyone? To some low lifes, our dogs are just posessions that they can steal and sell for their next fix. It isnt just about safety from the heat, you only have to look at all the dogs stolen whos storys appear on here to know it goes on, these are dogs who were relatively safe in their own homes, so stealing them from a car is just easy pickings to these people.
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Re: Do you ever leave your dog alone in a car?

In winter spring and only in cols autumn.never in summer, hollie goes in the car to do the school run litraly 2 minute drive to school then 3 minutes alone while i walk my son to the gate and wave him off.she only comes to school with me because we go straight to the beach after we have droped off.i will add i leave all 4 windows open even just for this short time
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