Safer ways for traveling with your dog by car.
Do you use any safety measures for your pooch in your car?
According to the AAA & Kurgo Pet Passenger Survey, three in 10 respondents (29%) admit to being distracted by their dog while driving.
84% of respondents bring their dogs on car trips but do not use a restraint. The reasons for not using a pet travel restraint include “My dog is calm and do not think he/she needs a restraint” (42%), “Just take dog on short trips” (29%) or “Want dog to be able to put head out window” (12%).
But the fact is that an unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at 50 mph will exert roughly 500 pounds of force, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert approximately 2400 pounds of force.
Let’s see which options can we use.
1- Dog harness. It looks good, but they are not really useful, specially the best seller “one point” harnesses.
In the NRMA test, 23 of 25 fail in the crash test.
2- Pet travel crate. A transport box is the safer option, both for you and for your pooch. You should consider the material (wire, plastic, aluminium…) and, really important, the right size for your dog. It should be large enough to stand up or to sit (some dogs are taller in a seated position than standing on all fours). But, the biggest is not the better: your dog maybe use one corner as a toilet if the crate is too big!
You can read more about choosing the right crate here.
If you have a small pet, you can easily put the transport box between the rear seat and the front seat, in the floor.
If your best friend is bigger, the trunk will be the best place.
We know that many dogs don’t like transport box. Here you can find some of Cesar Millan advices for training your dog for this.
3- Pet barrier. That is a good choice, specially if you have more than one dog. It protects really well the humans in the car: avoid distractions and hold the dog if you have to stop suddenly. However, in case of accident, the crate is safer for your dog.
Of course, the worst choice is not to restrain your dog at all.
And what about the luggage? Fixeta is the perfect solution for safer and comfortable traveling: fix your Fixeta Suitcase to your Isofix/LATCH conector and you are ready!
Enjoy the trip!
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