- Protect your dog. You wear a seat belt, your kids wear a seat belt, your pets should be belted in with a harness.
- Protect yourself. If not restrained, your dog will become a projectile in an accident and cause great injury to the human occupants—at 30 mph, a 60-pound dog can cause an impact of 2,500 pounds.
- Protect emergency aid workers. A terrified or injured animal is unpredictable and could keep paramedics from helping or might even injure them. Police might choose to shoot your dog if they fear for their safety.
- Keep your dog from running away after an accident. An unrestrained dog could run off in fear or run into traffic and get hurt.
- Prevent distraction of the driver, blocking of the driver’s view, or interference with operation of the vehicle.
- Prevent your dog from being ejected from the car or jumping out the window.
- Prevent your dog from jumping out when you stop and open the car door.
- Prevent car sickness and stress. Your dog will feel more secure and won’t have to keep bracing himself for the movement of the car.
- Prevent your dog from sticking its head out the window where it could be injured.
- Prevent damage to the interior of your car from an uncontrolled dog.
Hey, it’s getting close to the time when lots of us will be vacationing and more and more people are bringing their dogs along. If you travel with your dog, do it safely! So I’ve updated this post. Also, a recent post at Bark points out that crates placed in the back of a wagon or SUV type car aren’t very safe because that’s where a crumple zone is located. Seems like the safest option is buckling your dog in a seat in your car with an appropriate harness. (I’ll be showing you our favorite soon!)
Here are some impressive visuals illustrating why your dog should be restrained when in your car. (No dogs were harmed in these crash tests.) The tests used weighted dog dummies just like they do for crash tests for humans.
- The first video shows what happens to an unrestrained dog.
- The second shows what happens to a pet in a crate & a dog on a leash.
- Third shows what happens to a pet in a crate oriented differently, how flimsy those car barriers are, and an unrestrained in the back window of a car.