My 50lb dog Jasper is a bit naughty in the car. He starts off sitting nicely in the back seat, but sometimes he tries to get in the front with us. I’m worried about him causing an accident, but I’m not sure the best way to keep him safe. Thank you, Gladys
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I’m so glad you brought this subject up because it’s an important one. I’ve been guilty of driving with a dog in my lap, there I said it!! Okay the dog weighed about 5lbs and stayed draped over my leg the entire time, but it still wasn’t a smart thing to do. What if I stopped suddenly and she fell? What if she ended up under the brake pedal? You’re dealing with a much bigger dog!!
A dog can so easily distract a driver and as we all know, it takes a split second for things to go terribly wrong.
I don’t know what kind of car you have, but if you have an SUV, station wagon or something similar you have a few options. A metal barrier will keep Jasper secured in the back so he can’t jump around. A crate is another option, as it will keep him safely contained. A third possibility is a seat belt, just like we wear. It has a clip at one end to attach to his collar or harness, the other end fits into the seat belt buckle in your car.
If you have a sedan type car, a seat belt is your best bet, and there are vest harnesses that come with a seat belt tether attached. Hope this helps!