Here in Spain it is the law that all Dogs must have a Dog Car Harness, a Dog Seat Belt or be caged in the boot (trunk?) when travelling in vehicles.
I was reminded of the importance of this the other day when we were on an infrequent outing. A car passed us with two fairly large Dogs jumping all over the place in the back of the car, and the front passenger was shouting like mad at them to calm down!
The dangers of this are all too apparent but it is one of those small, inexpensive things that anyone who takes their Dog in the car should own.
I did write about Dog Seat Belts a few months ago, but the site was very new and I know there are lots of new readers since then. This is one topic all Dog and Car owners should be aware of.
I used to be guilty of not using Dog Seat Belts before we moved to Spain. I used to love having our old boy Sam in the car with me. I would open the windows wide and I would smile all the way as his face was pulled back by the power of the wind as he stuck his head further and further out of the window.
If I had an accident?
I never thought about it. The reality was though that without a Dog Car Harness of some description he would have been dead for sure and may well have taken me or a passenger with him.
If you only spend a few Dollars on your Dog this year make sure it is for a Dog Seat Belt.
You can get a Dog Harness for minimal cost and it may well ave your Dogs life if you ever (God forbid) have an accident. We have all seen the crash test dummies come flying through the windscreen in commercials. How much worse do you think it will be for a Dog. They are more delicate than us and it will take a much lower speed accident to send them flying.
Which Dog Seat Belt To Buy?
This is entirely dependent on personal preference and the size of your Dog. We use a simple clip on Seat Belt that attaches to the bone munchers collar and clips in to the seat belt holder. It is very short and constricts their movements considerably. There is no way they can get in to the front and cause disruption to the driver. They would not be perfect in an accident but they will stop any harm coming to those in the front of the car.
Some of the Dog harnesses available are much better at protecting the Dog in case of an accident but these are what suited our budget and the fact that there is not room for anything bigger when we have two or three Dogs with us.
You can also get Dog Crates or Cages to put in the boot but it is not something we have ever done and the boot is always full of junk anyway.
So, do yourself and the Dogs a favour and get an inexpensive Car Safety Harness for your Dog before you take them in the Car again.
If you already use one or have any recommendations let us all know. This is one of those issues where it is good for everyone to have a bit of feedback.
May the Doggie Force be with you all.