For Dogs In Cars
Using Dog Seat Belts - Dog Car Harness
Tips For Dogs During Driving
My two dogs
absolutely love taking car rides. However, quite often when we
are out on the roads, we see other dog owners with their dogs in cars
very unsafe practices. I want to highlight some of these.
For example, we often see dogs in cars sticking their heads out the
windows. The dogs obviously love doing this but there is a danger
to this. Road debris can fly up and hurt the dog's eyes. In
fact, experts claim that when a car is traveling at speed, an impact
with a small insect can cause considerable damage to a dog's eyes.
So don't let your dog stick out its head out the window. You can
roll down the window enough so that your dog can still enjoy the nice
breeze but not down enough for it to stick its entire head out.
In Back Seats
The other thing
we see is dog owners allowing their dogs to sit in the front
seats. Think about this, if you get into a car accident and the
front airbags engage, there is a good chance that a dog, especially a
small one, will not survive the hard impact of the airbags. Small
dogs sitting on the driver's lap are in the same situation.
For bigger dogs in cars, this issue is debatable but irregardless of
of the dog, if something interesting outside excites a dog, this can
distract the driver. When this happens, this can end up being a
recipe for a car accident. So it is best if dogs are kept in the
When in the back
seats, dogs should be restrained using dog seat belts or dog car
harnesses. Just like humans, if a dog is not strapped in, it can
end up flying through the windshield. Dog seat belts, like
the ones I show in the video below, attach to the car's safety
belts. Such a dog car harness is very convenient and easy to use.
So the general safety rules for dogs in cars are that they should
never stick their heads out the windows and they should be restrained
in the back seats with a dog car harness. Use the same type of
precautions that you
would use for small children and babies. You wouldn't put a baby
or little kid in the front seat so do the same with your dog. Be
safe when taking your dog out for car rides.
Both of the following online pet supplies (Entirely Pets for North
America, Pet Supermarket for UK/Europe) carry pet car harnesses or seat
belts for dogs. Do a search for 'car' or 'auto' at their websites
and you will find the appropriate items.
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