According to Pet Pro Supply, 84% of dog owners do not keep their pets properly restrained when traveling with them in a car. 

Some dog owners might think that keeping their pet restrained while riding a car could make them feel uncomfortable. However, driving with your pet unrestrained can put them in harm’s way if you have an accident.

In a car crash, an unrestrained pet could be hurled forward and hit the back of a seat or the dashboard. This collision could injure or even kill your dog.

You should, therefore, always keep your “pawsengers” restrained in a car whether you’re going to an outdoor adventure or just bringing them to the park. We will now run through some of your options for keeping your dog restrained in your car in this article.

1. Dog Harness Seatbelt

You can keep a larger dog safely restrained in your car by having them wear a dog harness and attaching the harness to your car’s seatbelt.

Dog harness seatbelts have a tether that can be attached to your car’s seatbelt to keep your dog from moving and tumbling off the seat in the event of a sudden stop. 

This form of car harness is best for well-behaved dogs who can stay in one place for extended periods of time since it restricts their movement.

It should not be used with energetic dogs because they may get restless if restrained, and this can be distracting when you are driving.

It should also only be used for dogs weighing above nine kilograms as smaller dogs are not heavy enough to make the seatbelt taut if they suddenly lurch forward. 

2. Zipline Harness

A zipline harness is suitable for active dogs who need to move about while riding in the car.

It is made up of two mechanisms: the harness that your dog wears and the “zipline” which is usually a short leash attached to any two fixed points in the car.

The harness secures your dog to the zipline, while the zipline allows them to move around in the rear of the car in a controlled manner.

It’s critical to keep the harness just long enough to allow movement while keeping it short enough to keep your dog from hurtling forward when you step on the brakes.

3. Passenger Seat Hammock

A passenger seat hammock gives a pleasant spot for your dogs to lie down in the back seat and creates a barrier between the front and rear seats.

It’s best for older dogs who need to lie down the majority of the time because it keeps them from falling off the seat and catapulting forward.

4. Plush Carry Box

A plush carry box serves as a booster seat which is fastened to the car seat with a safety harness to keep your dogs secure. 

It’s ideal for dogs who are too little to wear a normal harness and who enjoy looking out the window.

It’s also perfect for anxious dogs because it allows them to see their owners and their environment.

Make sure your plush carry box is big enough for your dog to sit and lie down in. You can also keep them entertained by placing their favorite toy in the box.

5. Crate

Hard-sided crates are one of the best ways of securing your dog in the car while traveling because of their sturdy structure.

Crates can protect your dog from flying debris and prevent them from being tossed during an accident. 

Their solid build, however, may also cause discomfort to your dog when confined inside the crate for a long time. Therefore, you should place a soft blanket inside the crate to ensure that your dog is as comfortable as possible.

You should also make sure that the crate is large enough for your dog to move around in.

If your dog is not used to being confined, you should think about alternatives to a crate for keeping them safe in the car. Keeping them in a crate may upset them, thereby creating a distraction for the driver and increasing the risk of an accident.

The Takeaway

There are many options for keeping your dogs safe when traveling in a car. Some methods may or may not be effective for your dogs. You should, therefore, explore different approaches and see which one is the best for your dog.

It is also a good idea to consider getting a health care plan for your pet so you’re always covered in case of an accident.

This article was contributed by Mike Skoropad. Mike is the CEO of automotive parts retailer United Tires.