While many dogs will sit quietly on your back seat while you’re driving, others might move around, leap about and most likely cause a distraction. Even if your four-legged friend is well behaved in the car, it’s still vital to provide some means of restraint for them in case of an unexpected bump in the road or, heaven forbid, you are involved in an accident. The force of an impact could cause your dog to be thrown forwards in the car, resulting in serious injury or even death.
A dog should never sit on your lap while you are driving, or even on the laps of any passengers. It is generally safer for them to travel in the back of your vehicle as opposed to on the passenger seat. If your dog is happy to sit quietly in a crate or cage, then this is one potential option for restraining your dog when out driving. Alternatively, dog guards can be fitted in your vehicle, between the back seat and the boot area, providing a restricted area for your dog to be contained within.
For smaller dogs, it is possible to purchase a special “doggy booster seat” that ensures a comfortable seating position and safe attachment to the car. Harnesses are also available in most pet stores, and are generally considered to be the best and safest choice of restraint for your dog when travelling.
Safe driving from Britannia!