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Safely Restrain Your Dog While in The Car

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

dog harnessAt one time, people didn’t really think of restraining their dog in the car. It is a good idea for the safety of the dog as well as the passengers. . A dog can distract or jostle the driver, causing an accident, as well as getting hurt himself. Crates are a great option if you have enough room. If your dog is used to being in a crate, then this is the best option. Dog barriers that go in the back of an SUV is another way to restrain your dog. I do believe that the crate is the better option because if the dog is small and the car stops short, the dog will still go flying and possibly injure himself.  Seat belts for dogs are a new idea but also another option. A harness that is secured to the human seat belt allows dogs to ride in the back seat without worrying about them getting in the driver’s way. And many dogs that are not crate-trained take to a harness much better than a crate. Dogs should never ride in the front seat, because of the airbags. The  effectiveness of the harness has recently been challenged but I still feel that it is functional and can secure your dog well enough when riding in the car.

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