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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 04-04-2009, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Where is the best place to get a pet barrier so our dog doesn't put his head over the back seat and drool all over our 09 Forester. We love our car, and we love our dog, and we want to keep the drool off of the back of the rear seats. Thanks.
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I believe Subaru offers some type of pet carrier that goes in the back of the Forester. You might check their website under accessories.

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Check some of the larger pet shop chains and see what they have to offer. A lot of other places sell them now so do some price shopping. I have one that is adjustable floor to ceiling, and width can be adjusted too (similar to the one offered by Weathertech but cost way less). The nice thing about that is it can easily be fitted to other vehicles. The Subaru model is vehicle specific and bolts in, very sturdy, you may be able to play around with it and make it quickly removable, otherwise like I said it is bolted in place. I'm still contemplating picking up a Subaru gate if I can make it a quick release.

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We have the same vehicle. We put in the Pet Barrier Model 10, by MidWest (Dog Crates, Dog Crate, Dog Kennels, Dog Playpens at Midwest Homes for Pets). It's easy to install and can be taken out easily if you want. We bought it at Pet Club. PetCo and I believe PetSmart has some too. Look around for the best price.

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http://simplephotos.smugmug.com/phot...1_MqZnF-XL.jpg


Subaru also has their own pet barrier, not sure as to how much it is.


* A bit off-topic*

You might also consider ordering some seat covers at:

Marathon Seat Covers: Custom Truck, SUV Seat Cover specializing in Camo Seat Covers

We ordered the Superhides/Camo (they have solid colors also) about $520 for the whole set (front, back, armrest, headcovers, and backseat fold out cup holders. I got the Smoke 1000D Cordura Nylon (waterproof and pet proof) It also has openings for the side airbags, and child seat. Saves the seat from getting dirty, pretty damn good investment. I had a Corolla (traded in) and had waterproof seat covers on it, after 5 years, it still looked like new.

It takes about 3 weeks to manufacture the seat covers, and once I get it I will post it here.

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Subaru also has their own pet barrier, not sure as to how much it is.


That's the one I have.

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I had this one in my Pathfinder:



I still have it but have not tried it in the Forester. I got it from Canadian Tire for about $150 CDN and I am sure there must be something like it in the States.

The Subaru one is rather expensive, $550-$565 CDN depending on if you have the moon roof or not.

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$35 from wal-mart. Works great. My wife uses it in her x-terra.

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I had this one in my Pathfinder:



I still have it but have not tried it in the Forester. I got it from Canadian Tire for about $150 CDN and I am sure there must be something like it in the States.

The Subaru one is rather expensive, $550-$565 CDN depending on if you have the moon roof or not.


- Just installed the same model from crappy tire for $130 - big problem the metal rattling is driving me crazy - I've tried taping the metal components together but it still vibrates - might take it back and try something different.
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- Just installed the same model from crappy tire for $130 - big problem the metal rattling is driving me crazy - I've tried taping the metal components together but it still vibrates - might take it back and try something different.
Yup, it rattles a bit for sure. After I had it in I used wire (zip) ties to hold everything tight, that got rid of the rattles but does make it a bit harder to remove. Mine was pretty permanent so that was not much of an issue.

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Tried the local big box stores, walmart, petsmart, petco, and no one has any vehicle barriers..... Found this one on petsmart, anyone have any reviews specific to the forester?

Universal Tubular Vehicle Barrier from Kennel-Aire - Travel - Dog - PetSmart

Does it fit, is it good enough? I don't feel like dropping $400 on the subaru one for right now :)
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No canine passengers in our "09, but we are considering buying the subie gate to prevent cargo spillover into the rear seat area. Not often do we have to pile stuff that high, but on vacation yeah, we will, and our daughters prolly wouldn't appreciate being buried under pillows , towels, boogie boards, etc. in the event of a sudden stop (the light stuff goes on top, of course. And yeah, we do have a cargo box on top of the car).
The nice thing about the subie divider, as noted by someone else here, is that it bolts in solid. So in a sudden stop it's not likely to be knocked over by a six pack of charmin...or a golden retriever.
We've been quoted $299. for the divider by our dealer...not including installation, which the parts guy said is not difficult to diy.
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i put the subaru one in my moms outback, it takes longer to get out of the box.....our dog liked to hop over the seats and come up to the front pass seat, even if someone was sitting there...........gotta love labs
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I had this one in my '98.
Trailer Jacks & Stands: Highland® Universal Pet Barrier at Blain's Farm & Fleet

Haven't gotten around to putting it in the '09 yet, but it should go pretty easily. The sides adjust . It's best to keep them a little bit away from the side windows to prevent rattles.

xtlosx, it's just a short trip to the Woodstock Farm & Fleet on 14.
For the rest of you, it's also available on Amazon, although with lackluster reviews.

Amazon.com: Highland 20045 Universal Pet Barrier: Automotive

It served me well, keeping a 70 pound Doberman in place. Although she was never really riled up to my knowledge.
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Great! That does sound rather nice actually and worth the drive into Woodstock. If we do try this and it does not work out at all, we can always look at the official Subie one, just don't need to spend the $400 they quoted right now... Especially when we get my wife the outback (sometime next year) having to spend another $400 is just too much for pet gates. I'm an animal lover but not a millionaire :)

Thanks for the great information! Didn't know there was a farm and fleet in woodstock... Is the item available in the store too?

edit: never mind, set my local store to woodstock and shows available. Sweet!
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update......

After having it for a month, it doesn't really hold in place all that well, when you take tight corners, or rough roads, it will fall over.... It drives me nuts that is makes the imprints in the ceiling as well..

I'm trying to figure out, how to permanently affix this into the Forester... Any ideas?

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