There’s no doubt that most dogs love going for rides in cars. However, letting them roam free about the car can be dangerous for them and you, for more reasons than one. In order to be completely safe while traveling by car with your pet, you should incorporate the use of dog seat belts—every single time. Even if the notion sounds a bit silly to you, many states are instituting strict laws concerning dog restraints in cars. Several states have forbidden riding with a pet on your lap, comparing it to driving while under the influence of alcohol or driving while texting.
The Dangers of not using a Dog Seat Belt
Dogs that are allowed free rein in the car are a distraction to the driver. Jumping from the backseat to the front, or digging under the seats for a slightly out-of-reach something interesting may deter the driver’s attention from the road. Taking your eyes or focus off the road for even a split second to reprimand a free-roaming dog or to take something away from him is plenty of time for an accident to occur.
Should an accident actually happen, a loose dog in the vehicle is at risk for serious injury or death. Even a crash at slow speeds is enough to kill an unsecured dog. Alternately, a loose dog in the car is a danger to everyone else in the vehicle, too. In an accident, a projectile dog can cause severe injury to other occupants, and when paramedics attempt to respond to the accident, a scared or injured pet may try to bite, slowing their ability to help you after the crash.
Dog Seat Belts and Other Car Safety Devices
There are several different ways you can tether your dog to keep him safe while riding in a car. Dog seat belts are made of adjustable straps designed to fit many different sizes and breeds of dogs. Some are full harnesses that fit around the body of the dog and secure him safely to the seat belt attachment in the car. Another type of “seat belt” is a tether, which attaches to your dog’s harness and provides a small measure of mobility in the backseat of the vehicle.
Besides actual dog seat belts, there are barriers, crates and kennels that keep your dog confined in specific areas of the car so they are not a distraction to the driver. Steel barriers keep large dogs confined to the cargo area, while crates and kennels can be placed on the backseat and securely strapped in to provide a safe, comfortable place for your dog to enjoy the ride.
Buying Dog Seat Belts on KeepDoggieSafe.com
KeepDoggieSafe (KDS) strives to provide quality products to keep you dog safe no matter what he is doing. Your pet’s safety while riding in a vehicle is of utmost importance to us, and that’s why we offer top-quality dog seat belts for our customers.
Max & Zoey Pet Auto Seat Belt
The Max & Zoey Pet Auto Seat Belt is simple to use. Recommended by vets, it slides and locks into any standard vehicle safety belt. This seat belt has a swivel connector that clips to your dog’s harness so he can sit or lay comfortably in the backseat. The Pet Auto Seat Belt features:
- Easy attachment to existing seat belts in the car
- Available in two sizes: ¾ inch for small to medium dogs and 1 inch for large dogs up to 70 pounds
- Adjustable length from 12 to 24 inches
- Available in several colors
Kurgo Seat Belt Tether
The Kurgo Seat Belt Tether is made from top-quality safe and secure hardware that attaches to your dog’s harness and existing seat belts in the car. It is easy to use and works with any harness. This lightweight dog seat belt keeps your dog from roaming free in the car and will help protect him in the even of a crash. KDS recommends buying an extra Kurgo Seat Belt Tether if your dog rides in more than one vehicle.
- One size
- Available in black
- Adjustable length so your dog can comfortably sit or stand in the backseat
Kurgo Tru-Fit Car Harness
The Kurgo Tru-Fit Car Harness is the ultimate in pet car safety. Available in several colors and made with comfortable padding, this car harness adheres to all state’s dog safety laws. Kurgo understands that ease-of-use is important and that’s why this harness is extremely simple to use. The Tru-Fit harness is made from top-quality automotive nylon seatbelt webbing that’s durable and strong. As an added bonus, this harness can be used as a car safety device and a walking harness. Other features of the Kurgo Tru-Fit Car Harness include:
- Small to extra-large sizing
- Works with any standard seatbelt or the Kurgo Auto Zipline
- Includes a seat belt loop
- Five adjustment points for a perfect fit for any dog
- Limited lifetime warranty
Other Car Safety Items on KeepDoggieSafe.com
KeepDoggieSafe also carries other car safety products for dogs including car booster seats, backseat hammocks, car door guards, car seat barriers, backseat bridges, pet crate secure straps and harnesses for lifting your dog safely into the car.
If your canine companion enjoys riding in cars, be sure to take extra precaution to ensure his safety by using dog seat belts at all times. You spend so much time caring for him by taking him to the vet, buying him only the highest-quality food, and grooming him, why not makes sure he’s safe while enjoying a ride in the car? Using a dog seat belt may save your pet’s life. Buckle him up—it may not be the law where you live, but it should be.