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    i own a 08 wrx 4door sedan its pretty roomy and its a good ride from 08 to 09 there isnt much change but welcome to club wrx

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    The GSD is the worst breed in terms of shedding I have ever seen. For perspective, I have owned up to four dogs simultaneously and attend at least one dog show or trial a month - usually two or more.

    Get a cover for the rear cargo area of the hatch and get the bumper protector. Also get a crate for the GSD. It is not safe to have the GSD free in the car and the seatbelt attachments are not practical in my experience.

    Edit: For less shedding from a dog stiil suitable for agility, herding, or schutzhund you could consider a malinois. Smaller than a GSD by the standards. Different personalities too though. I would still get the hatch and a crate anyway.
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    I've owned 3 GSD. All of which had no real shedding issues. As long as you groom them, they're just like any other dog. As far as the crate thing goes... no. I am a pretty firm believer of not caging up an animal in a small pin. I have grown up in Tx my whole life and have realized if you "respect" a dog more, and let the dog be free and dog-like (well disciplined of course), they will in turn look up to your more as their owner and friend.

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    The crate is more to keep them from flying around the car in an accident. Its a good Idea.. but in a smaller vehicle like ours and with a large breed dog its really hard to do AND give them enough room to move around comfortably. For traveling in Elise's car (00 accord) we actually had a harness for CJ that strapped into the seat belt. He could sit and look out the window or lie down comfortably while we were on trips. Would have used it in the wrx but he managed to chew it apart a few days before the trip. .. he was good for stuff like that. Best behaved dog I've ever had, but wicked separation anxiety problems. lol.. anything that smelled like us that he could get to while we weren't home he'd either hide.. or chew on.

    He traveled really well though. In the position he was in the pic I posted he had a panoramic view of everything going on around the car. He was quite pleased about that
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    Quote Originally Posted by 05eclipse05 View Post
    I've owned 3 GSD. All of which had no real shedding issues. As long as you groom them, they're just like any other dog. As far as the crate thing goes... no. I am a pretty firm believer of not caging up an animal in a small pin. I have grown up in Tx my whole life and have realized if you "respect" a dog more, and let the dog be free and dog-like (well disciplined of course), they will in turn look up to your more as their owner and friend.
    I fully support crating dogs...certain types of breeds need it.

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    If you let the dog be free and dog like in the car it will become a 40 kg projectile in the event of an accident and will be injured, injure you, both, or worse. This has to do with physics rather than philosophy. There are some local orgs that at one point lobbied for mandatory restraints for dogs in cars and they made very valid points IMO.

    You allow yourself the benefit of a safety system despite the potential of a restraint somehow becoming dehumanizing. I would consider allowing your canine companion a similar benefit. They cannot be free and dog like if they are not alive after an incident.

    I still prefer the hatch because five doors are better than four.


    I do envy your low-shed GSDs though as I have never met one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    it will become a 40 kg projectile in the event of an accident and will be injured, injure you, both, or worse. This has to do with physics rather than philosophy.
    This goes for nonliving cargo as well.. Cant see from the pic but If I have the seats down I strap everything in with cambuckle tie downs. Was a passenger in a buddies truck and we lost the LF tire .. rappid deflation, likely a blow out.. but he couldn't correct the truck veering off the road and into the ditch (winter time, plowed right into like 5ft of snow in the ditch.. we went from 40 or so to 0 just about immediately). His tool box that was in the far back (fullsize bronco) wasn't strapped down and on its way through the truck it broke the corner of my seat and damn near dislocated my shoulder before going through the windshield. .. after that, I strap or bolt EVERYTHING down.. Sedan owners aren't exempt here either. I've seen more than a few wrecked cars where stuff blew through the back seats and into the passenger compartment because loose and not properly secured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mangostick View Post
    I strap everything in with cambuckle tie downs.
    I like those, they're a great idea.
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    Never in my life have a met people who strap down object inside of a car. Haha. Maybe that's because i'm small town/country raised. Only thing we ever strap down is usually objects in the back of a truck which could fly out due to wind resistance. Other than that, nope, never. I doubt I'll strap much down inside of a car too (objects that is, people of course need seatbelts). lol. We'll just call this "to each their own".

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    True story:

    A friend of mine was working with his grandfather moving some furniture. After loading the truck, they both thought the other had secured the load. My buddy was driving down the freeway and lost a shelving unit out the back, causing the car behind him to swerve and was hit by another car. The driver of the swerving car was killed on the spot. He was a husband and father of 5. See the article here: 2 sentenced after loose truck load caused fatal crash | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KOMO News | Local & Regional

    I make sure to secure everything when driving my truck. It doesn't take much time to throw a web-style bed net on before heading out. You never know, it could prevent what happened to my buddy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 05eclipse05 View Post
    Never in my life have a met people who strap down object inside of a car. Haha. Maybe that's because i'm small town/country raised. Only thing we ever strap down is usually objects in the back of a truck which could fly out due to wind resistance. Other than that, nope, never. I doubt I'll strap much down inside of a car too (objects that is, people of course need seatbelts). lol. We'll just call this "to each their own".
    You'd be surprised at what can cause your death if its not strapped down and you crash your car. A large dog could easily be the deadly force.

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    Besides, the initial reason given against a crate was for the dog's sake, when in fact the dog is hopefully (for the humans, not the dog) going to be the only mammal in the vehicle without any benefit of a safety device - no belt, no nothing. The humans will be strapped in, the dog won't. Even if the dog does not hurt a human occupant, it can still itself be hurt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drews View Post
    You'd be surprised at what can cause your death if its not strapped down and you crash your car. A large dog could easily be the deadly force.
    That and I like to toss the car around corners and the like.. I have a box in back with flip flops, towel, sweatshirt..extra tie down straps. etc .. just basic crap you'd keep in your car. I have it strapped down just so it doesn't slide all over while I'm cruisin around.

    Both the sedan and the hatch wrx have multiple tie down points in the rear as well as the baby seat tie downs.. so if you choose, you can anchor just about anything anyway in the rear of one of these cars.

    edit: I brought 6 dell T310 servers from Norfolk VA to Charleston SC not too long ago. even used the seat latch catches to keep the cargo strapped in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mangostick View Post
    That and I like to toss the car around corners and the like.. I have a box in back with flip flops, towel, sweatshirt..extra tie down straps. etc .. just basic crap you'd keep in your car. I have it strapped down just so it doesn't slide all over while I'm cruisin around.

    Both the sedan and the hatch wrx have multiple tie down points in the rear as well as the baby seat tie downs.. so if you choose, you can anchor just about anything anyway in the rear of one of these cars.

    edit: I brought 6 dell T310 servers from Norfolk VA to Charleston SC not too long ago. even used the seat latch catches to keep the cargo strapped in.
    Yup...except I have a trunk. The only thing in the cabin of the vehicle that is not tied down is a little stuffed ninja penguin.

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    You guys have a really good point. I didn't realize how dangerous things in the trunk can be until a couple of weeks ago. Was riding in the back seat in my friend's A3. He had a car battery in the trunk. He had to slam on the breaks and the battery hit my seat. It hurt and it didn't even go through. I can't imagine if we were in a crash and that battery just flew through the car.

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