How to Secure Your Dog in the Car

Sparky Steps - How to Secure Your Dog in the Car

"Wanna go for a RIDE?"

If your dog is like many, this question to go for a ride will spark top-level exuberance. You probably have a hard time getting the leash on with all of that excitement! But eventually you do, and out the door you go. Princess leaps into her spot in the back seat--or alongside you in the front, whatever her preference. You get in, put on your seatbelt, and you're off. But what about Princess? How is she secured in the car? Many people might not give it a thought, but pups need some sort of restraint in case of an accident much as humans are protected by seatbelts in even mild fender-benders. Seatbelts, though, are made for humans. They simply won't work for a dog's anatomy, but what can you do to make sure that Fido has a safe trip when you hit the road? Luckily there are several options to ensure that your fur baby has a safe and comfortable ride!

No Need for a 'Ruff' Ride!

Buckle up your border collie, restrain your Rottweiler or secure your Samoyed with high-quality products that will give you peace of mind while you're behind the wheel. There are several restraint products on the market that work well, such as the Ruff Rider Roadie Seatbelt and Kurgo dog car restraints, which include harnesses, tethers, seat belt loops and even a zip line that, while offering a restraint, also allows Digger to move back and forth and sit and stand. Back seat barriers are another option. These allow your dogs to move about more freely, but keep them in the back seat should you need to brake suddenly. Some are hammock-style, while others fit between the front seats to prevent Rosie from being thrown forward into the dashboard or windshield. Barriers are also great for keeping your canine passenger out of the driver's area, so as to minimize distractions or any interference that can cause an accident. Doggie kisses are great, but maybe not so much while you're barreling 70 MPH down the interstate! If you're driving an SUV, a doggie crate or kennel in the cargo area is yet another way you can keep Ginger safer while traveling. In some cases, this might not be ideal, such as if you're driving a vehicle in which the back is a crumple zone; this could wind up being the worst place in the car for your dog. In the event of an accident, your pup will likely be thrown against the sides of the crate which can lead to injury. No matter which safety product you choose, it bears mentioning: if it's a hot summer day, NEVER leave your dog in the car once you reach your destination. If you're going somewhere that doesn't allow dogs, it's best to leave Marley at home. All the proper restraint in the world won't save him if he's locked in a hot car for too long.

Written by Harrison Howe

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