Have you ever seen a cat ride in a car? Spoiler alert – they hate it! Which is probably why placing your feline friend in some type of pet carrier is a common way to travel.
But what about dogs? While Fido may love sticking his head out the window, when you hit the brakes, your dog could go sliding down to the floor — or worse.
Before you pack your pup into your vehicle, you might want to consider a safer way to travel. Here are a few ideas to keep your beloved hound safe and sound.
Every passenger in your vehicle should be buckled up — including your best friend. There are seat belts, or harnesses, designed specifically for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Some use carabiner-style clips, while others snap into hooks in your vehicle, similar to how a child safety seat is attached. The idea is to restrain your pet while still allowing it to sit or lay down in the back seat comfortably.
The Kurgo Auto Zip Line, for example, allows your dog complete freedom to roam the back seat, while still keeping them safely restrained. A simpler model that acts more like a standard seatbelt for your pet is the Car Safety Harness offered by Drs. Foster and Smith.
Have a little dog who wants to see out the window like the big guys? A car seat is a much safer choice than placing a pet in your lap. You’ll get the most bang for your buck if you look into an all-in-one safety seat, like the Snoozer Lookout I Dog Car Seat. This type of system will offer a restraint harness as well as a comfortable place for your pet to sit.
Crates and Carriers
When all else fails, the safest way for your four-legged friend to travel may be a good, old-fashioned doggie crate. This mode of transport is ideal if you have an especially jumpy or nervous pet. A crate can make them feel secure while keeping them contained. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals encourages you to choose a crate that is big enough “for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in.” Secure the crate using the seatbelt if you’re placing it in the back seat, or use tie-downs to keep it from sliding around in a cargo area of an SUV.
Remember, choosing the back seat or the cargo area of an SUV are much safer spots for Spot than riding shotgun. And while all of the above are excellent ideas for safe doggie travel, keep in mind that there currently are no safety standards for pet carriers or restraints. Use your due diligence and conduct your own research before making your final selection.