Many dog owners are inseparable from their dogs and they are taking their paw buddy wherever possible. Very often this involves a trip with a car. No matter if this is a short or a long drive, it is important to keep your dog safe, just as you would any other passenger.
Dog seatbelt is a safety measure not only for the dog, but for the driver as well. Dogs and other pets which are not restrained while driving can distract the driver and cause danger.
Dangers Dogs Face When Riding in Cars
It’s no fun pondering these frightening scenarios, especially when, for so many of our dogs, a ride in the car is a joyous occasion. However, many of us are simply unaware of the dangers that riding in cars present to unrestrained dogs and their drivers:
Enthusiastic or anxious dogs can leap out open windows.
Dogs who hang their heads out the window can be injured by external debris.
Airbags deployed in the event of an accident can injure dogs sitting in the front seat.
Using a tether such as a leash or a zip line combined with a dog collar could cause severe injury in a car crash or even in the case of a sudden stop.
A loose dog in the backseat during a collision can become a dangerous projectile, and this is true for small dogs as well as large dogs.
No Dog Seat Belt = Distracted Driver
Attempts to escape the car.
Barking and lunging at other dogs, cars, or for no apparent reason at all, smashing against windows.
Wandering nervously into the driver’s lap
Moving restlessly around the car cabin, blocking mirrors and sight lines.
General adorable—or nervous—antics that you can’t help but take your eyes off the road to watch.