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I can't see how people leave their dogs in the car.I've seen them in Wal-Mart and even resturaunts.I would never leave my dog in a car,regardless if it cool weather or not.Once my wife and I went to Cracker Barrel for dinner and seen a Chinese Crested in a locked car. My dog would go bonkers if left alone in the car for a hour or two.Not to mention that even if the window is cracked,it's still rough for the dog.Another thing down here to worry about is dognapping,stolen dogs.I just don't get the idea.
 

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I will admit to leaving mine in the car if I'm coming from the dog park and stop at Sam's. The whole time I am in there I am hurrying to get what I wanted (usually a chicken). That said, I only do it when it is very cool (or cold out) and the sun roof is open with the windows cracked. I always have water with me so I can give them water when I return (usually in 5-10 min).
 

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We don't do it if it's a warm day, but Dixon loves going with us so much that we do take her with us even if we're going to a restaurant. While we're inside, she curls up in the driver's seat and takes a nap.

Even on cool days, we park in the shade and with a windshield screen, and leave the windows down a few inches. We ask to be seated where we can keep an eye on the car (although she would rip to shreds anyone who tried to kidnap her!). We always bring a container of fresh water with us for her to drink whenever she wants.

I used to be very judgmental of anyone who would leave a dog in a car, and I still am if it's a warm or sunny day (especially if the windows are up!!), but Dixon loves going with us so much (crying if we haven't gone out to a restaurant in a while, and pouting if it's a hot day and we can't take her with us), I can't deprive her of it!
 

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Pepper likes to get in my car in the driveway and just sit there. If, for some reason, she is out and refuses to come back to me, I open the car door and she comes and jumps right in.

So, like MrsJohnnyG, we take her places and leave her in the car because it makes her happy.
 

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Saturday seemed like an official leave-your-dog-in-the-car day. I went to pick up dinner for me and a friend, and I heard barking. There was a chihuahua in a car near mine and it kept a pretty constant stream of barking. When I returned to the car, the chihuahua was still barking, and a new car was right by mine. Inside was a mini schnauzer and another dog I couldn't identify.

I felt bad for the dogs, but I appreciate hearing from owners whose dogs enjoy it. It gave me another perspective. Cupid seems to like being in the car but does not like being separated from me. I've left him in the car and dropped off books at the library, but that's about it.

I doubt the chihuahua was pleased . . .
 

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I avoid stopping anywhere when my dogs are with me. I guess there's just nothing I can't wait to do until after the dogs are at home.
 

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There was a chihuahua in a car near mine and it kept a pretty constant stream of barking. When I returned to the car, the chihuahua was still barking
Poor thing. :( I would NEVER do it if a dog didn't enjoy it (mine literally begs to go)... let alone if they actively hated it and it distressed them. We leave the babies home when we're going to a restaurant with Dixon because they don't get and plead to go like she does.

Another thing, we won't take her if her fur is too long (unless it's freezing out). I see shaggy/long-haired dogs during the heat of summer and wonder how the poor pups could possibly be comfortable (car or not!).
 

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I will leave my dog in the car for maybe 5 minutes. I have left her in the car for 15 minutes before I think, but I my heart was racing so fast when I was in the store that I stopped doing it. I only do this on cool days of course, not too hot, not too cold. I won't go grocery shopping or anything anymore and leave her in the car. I'll only do it if I need to drop something off at the post office (not have to wait in line), get gas, go to the bank, etc.

It's really sad when people do leave their dogs in the car on hot days or for very long periods of time. Many of them do die and you can actually get fined for leaving a dog in Houston if proper ventilation is not present. I think even on hot days if there is proper ventilation you can still get fined. I would definitely call animal control and let them know if I ever saw a dog in a car on a hot day like that. I'm in Houston so it gets extremely hot.

And yes I am worried about dognapping, so I'll only bring her when it's places I can see out the window. I am also worried about people giving her stuff that can kill her with my windows cracked open like that.

I dont know, I just feel like sometimes they need to see new things. My Yorkie loves car rides so I usually take only her. I wouldn't if she didn't enjoy it.
 

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Maddie loves to go on car rides. We take her everywhere, if possible. If we are going to the grocery store, she will sit on the center console of the truck waiting for us.

If we are going to Sam's Club or into a bigger city (we live in a small town) we do take her crate with us and put it in the back seat. I cover the crate with a blanket with one side open for fresh air. I don't want people bugging her or trying to steal her. So, if the potential dognappers can't see her I feel she's safer.

But we do not leave her for long. If we are at a restaurant eating I do request a seat by the window so we can keep an eye on her.

But her car riding days are coming to an end with warmer weather approaching. She's doesn't go if it is hot out or way too cold. So, she has a very limited window of car rides a year.

We are lucky that her "grandma" loves to watch her, so if we are going to gone for more than 4 hours she goes to grandma's house.

My one pet peeve is people who put their dogs in the back of pick-ups and leave them in the parking lot or drive with them back there. I'd be so scared someone would steal them, or they'd run off and get hit or fall out of the moving truck. :eek:
 

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The thing we hate about the dogs in the back of pickup trucks is when my wife walks by the back of the truck with her Guide, and the dog in the back of the truck leaps up and lunges at her, barking and snarling.

Before we got the little "blue man" parking permit (and thats another story-----she was hit by a car pulling out of a parking spot), she used to walk down the middle of the parking lot lane just to avoid having to be too near the trucks with the dogs in them.

There was one time when a dog in the back of a moving pickup actually leapt out of the truck to charge my wifes Guide. That incident was stopped by my use of pepper spray, as were some others. I have a difficult time understanding the mentality and thought processes of those who have uncontrolled, unleashed, and aggressive dogs in public.
 

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I bring my dogs with me everywhere, and if it's cool, they're left in the car. On hot days when we're out driving I only go to places where they can come inside so I can monitor them

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My dogs (with the exception of Ranger who really doesn't leave the house anymore) do not bark at passers by. In fact, if it weren't for the kennels in the back of my car, you wouldn't even know there was a dog IN there. There is no lunging, snarling, barking, etc...they lay in the back of the car and wait.

When I only had a small car and a dog would have to ride in the back, I'd come back to find said dog (Strauss) just resting his head on the back of the seat looking out the window waiting for me to come back
 

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My one pet peeve is people who put their dogs in the back of pick-ups and leave them in the parking lot or drive with them back there. I'd be so scared someone would steal them, or they'd run off and get hit or fall out of the moving truck. :eek:
I REALLY hate this, too. There are so many horrible things that can happen to a dog who rides in the back of a pickup. If they can't ride in the cab, just don't take them.

And I confess...we take Ranger with us and leave him in the car if the weather is appropriate. He absolutely LOVES going with us and when we get out, my husband will tell him to "Guard the truck!" So Ranger just curls up into a little ball on the seat and goes to sleep. I used to worry about him being dognapped, but our truck now has tinted windows and unless someone had their face pressed up against the window, they wouldn't be able to see him. And if we're going to be gone for very long, we don't take him.
 

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We take our dog everywhere. She's much, much more comfortable being left alone in the car than in the house and is much quieter. She doesn't bark at people or dogs; just sits there and stares at wherever we disappeared to until we come back. For a while we didn't go anywhere if she couldn't come (if it was too hot or too cold) but now she's getting better with being in her crate alone.

I have gotten yelled at about it by a stranger once though. We put her in the car while we were doing laundry to put the clothes from the washer to the dryer at the laundromat and some lady yelled at us and said she called the SPCA and we shouldn't have dogs because my dog was panting and obviously dying. The dog was fine; she was in the car for maybe five minutes, and was panting because she was excited and people were around the car. It wasn't all that hot outside or inside the car, and she's a lot more heat tolerant than I am.

I can understand being worried about a dog, but that's no excuse to be rude in my opinion. And that lady was very rude.
 

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mine have to go w/ me all the time just in case we get a call for geese....it's not really financially feasible to have them at home and have to go there to get the dogs and then go back the area i was....not to mention the time it would take....if i have to go in anywhere and am going to be in there for any length of time i leave the van running w/ the AC going and lock it (i have a spare key for the door) when the weather is warm.....they are so used to being w/ me that to leave them to home in the off season is hard on them....they have not had any problems in all the time i've been doing it....
 

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I can't really say that I judge people harshly for leaving their dogs in their cars... I do with Donatello occasionally, usually the shopping I do is at PetCo or PetSmart and he comes in with me.

However, there have been a few times where I've had to run into Wal-Mart and pick a few things up. I don't leave him alone for more than 30 minutes, and since we've had him it's not yet been the Summer-time, so I'm not sure how well he'd do if I had to leave him home... He LOVES car rides so much, that he knows when I pack his bag, he's going for ride and he gets so beside himself with joy, and if I have to tell him no and make him stay home, he'll lay down with his ears back and whine and whimper until I leave.

Just use common sense and precaution and I'd say everyone would be fine, it's the people that don't use common sense that worry me!
 

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I can't stand this. You REALLY need to bring your dog in the car with you every where you go? Especially when you can't supervise them from where they are? People stealing dogs from cars is not unheard of. I stopped at the book store in a busy parking lot and saw a mini doxie in a car. He was in there when we came back out, about an hour later. Doors were NOT locked.
 

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I don't know how I feel about dogs riding in the back of a truck. If they aren't contained in the back I see a problem. Both of mine will have to ride in the back of my truck all the way from NY to Colorado in about 2 weeks...however I'm putting their huge crate in the bed of the truck and securing it down with chains. I don't have a choice on how they are going to ride, I have 1 truck, 3 kids, and 2 dogs...the back seat has all my kids cars seats on it and there's no room in the cab for 2 dogs...so it's either they ride in the back in a crate or they stay in NY. Them staying in NY isn't an option, so that's the best I can do. Of course I'm going to put a tarp over the top of the crate and make it as comfortable as I can for them. I doubt I'll stop in any restaurant where I can't watch them the whole time.
 

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I dislike people leaving dogs in their cars to. Honestly it sickens me, my mom and I were in walmart one day and after 3 hours doing stuff there they paged dogs in distress litterally 20 times. When we were leaving the dogs were still out in the car and looked in bad shape. I don't know what ever happened but I wish I could have helped them :(
 

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Poor thing. :( I would NEVER do it if a dog didn't enjoy it (mine literally begs to go)... let alone if they actively hated it and it distressed them. We leave the babies home when we're going to a restaurant with Dixon because they don't get and plead to go like she does.

Another thing, we won't take her if her fur is too long (unless it's freezing out). I see shaggy/long-haired dogs during the heat of summer and wonder how the poor pups could possibly be comfortable (car or not!).

I wouldn't worry too much about the Chihuahua. They like to bark. Lots of them bark non-stop when left no matter where they are - even at home! Thank goodness mine are very good for Chi's in that area!

I take my dogs with me everywhere. I go to parks, the barn, the feed store. Almost everywhere they are welcome with the exception of the grocery. They stay in the car if I have to run into the grocery. They love going with me and I can't imagine never taking them.
 

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I can't stand this. You REALLY need to bring your dog in the car with you every where you go? Especially when you can't supervise them from where they are? People stealing dogs from cars is not unheard of. I stopped at the book store in a busy parking lot and saw a mini doxie in a car. He was in there when we came back out, about an hour later. Doors were NOT locked.
You can't supervise your dogs when you leave them at home alone, either, and people stealing dogs from homes is not unheard of. I've also heard about plenty of dogs who died left at home trying to get out of their crates, getting into things they shouldn't have, getting locked out in the heat or cold, being hurt, killed or stolen in a robbery, etc. Just because your dogs would freak out if left in your car, or you saw someone leave their dog in their car with the doors unlocked or with the windows rolled up in the heat does not mean all dogs freak out when left in cars, aren't locked in or otherwise secured or aren't given ample provisions to keep them comfortable.
 
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