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Question for dog owners who take dogs with them in the car
Old 01-09-2020, 06:54 PM
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Which I assume is basically everyone. But maybe not. (I tend to bring my dog with me a lot of places)

Anyway! If you have your dog in the car, do you have him strapped in? Like via a harness? I have never had a car harness for any of my dogs. They have free range in the car (though my current dog, Cassidy, is pretty stationary, whereas my previous dog went from window to window.)

A friend was expressing concern today that her son did not strap his dog in on the long ride back to college. She was surprised when I said I never strap my dogs in. Just wondering how common it is. I mean, I get the idea behind it, but I think the dog would hate it.

I just got a Jeep Wrangler, though, and in the summer, when we take the roof and/or doors off, I will get a harness. That is a different situation, though (I don't want him bouncing out of the car).


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Old 01-09-2020, 06:59 PM
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My Pom is on a leash . She stays pretty much on her side of the car .
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:03 PM
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Yes we do. When we had training classes for our previous lab, the trainer recommended getting a harness for the car. The reason was that labs are over 85 pounds and can injure or kill a person in a crash. My ds were younger and I was afraid of them getting hurt. We also use a harness with our dog now. It’s also a law in NJ that dogs and cats need to be restrained in vehicles.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:06 PM
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Our Boston tends to lay down and sleep. When we go on road trips I prefer to have her strapped in. For everyday driving around town, she isn't generally harnessed.
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I don't strap Winston in.
Old 01-09-2020, 07:08 PM
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He usually lys down in the back seat and goes to sleep.


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Old 01-09-2020, 07:09 PM
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I have a safety harness that my dog wears which attaches to the seat belt. An unsecured dog can suffer the same injuries and be ejected from the vehicle just like a human who does not wear a seatbelt. The dog could also cause injury to passengers if not restrained. Also, a dog should not ride in the front seat. Airbags can seriously hurt your pet.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:18 PM
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My dog wears a harness that is hooked to a special seatbelt strap. I got it on Amazon. I have heard about people who were in accidents and their dog got out and ran away.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:18 PM
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I have seatbelts for my dogs when they are in the car. It keeps them in their place. Plus, it will keep them safer if I have an accident. Iíd hate myself if my dogs flew through the windshield in an accident since they were not safely tethered. I have heard of many dogs lost when the car they are in has an accident and the dogs get loose.

Iíd rather be safe than sad.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:21 PM
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Mine just sits in the passenger seat if we are headed to the vet or groomer. If he goes on vacation with me he is in a kennel inside the car.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:35 PM
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I wish my dog would let me kennel in her in the car, but she just howls. This "car seat" has been great. There's a short strap that attaches to her harness, and she settles right down for a nap. My sister has a big black lab, and she uses a seat belt thing that connects to the harness. I'd feel terrible if I was in a crash with my dog and she got hurt - I don't need that kind of guilt.


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Old 01-09-2020, 07:36 PM
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They have doggie seat belts.

1. I donít want them flying out the windshield in the event of an accident.

2. I donít want them running away in the event of an accident.

3. I donít want them guarding me in the event of an accident.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:36 PM
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I donít. I have an Escape and put the second seat down. I canít imagine trying to get the Greys to sit with a seatbelt.
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Old 01-09-2020, 07:57 PM
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My dogs rode in crates secured to the sides in the car. It's not safe for them or the humans to be loose.

Besides the obvious potential for injury to the dog in a crash, they can become projectiles in a crash, they're unpredictable (even the calmest most well-behaved) and can cause accidents, and they can get loose and uncatchable in an accident.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:30 PM
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I used seat belt devices along with harnesses for my dogs . I have a cat now and she rides in a soft sided kennel with a seat belt harness.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:50 PM
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Size of dog and type of dog and drivers comfort are all a factor.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:57 PM
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Yes, I do use a harness and strap that connects to the Latch car seat connectors. 1. For her safety in case of an accident or sudden stop. 2. Because she would literally be in my lap without it.
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Old 01-09-2020, 09:25 PM
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Hey Tammy

We don't take the dog in the car too much anymore, but we never did the harness thing We used to have a gate thing and the dog would be in the back (Ford Explorer type of car). We tried that in the minivan but our current dog is tricky. She usually lays on the floor next to the minivan seats. I know that's not the safest bet. I'm not sure the last time we had her in the car, though. The boarding place, her vet, and all the places we take her are all within walking distance.
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Old 01-09-2020, 09:35 PM
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Always use a harness. I Would worry about the safety of a loose dog during a crash.
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Old 01-09-2020, 10:30 PM
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It's definitely safer to have something so the dog isn't totally loose in the car. When I had my small/medium size dog, I had a car seat for him, so he can sit comfortably and high up to look out.
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Old 01-10-2020, 03:53 AM
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We have a car harness. Maybe research them. Supposedly some are not safe for larger dogs because in an accident the force is on the wrong parts of the body. I don't want to look like I'm trying to make sales for this company claiming their product is better, but I will share the company name to anyone that private messages me, and you can find the company on the internet. I believe their claims but haven't been able to convince my husband that this is important enough to buy this company's product.
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Old 01-10-2020, 06:40 AM
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and her DH strap their dog in. He's a blue tick coon hound. They have some sort of hammock system in the back seat for him.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:30 AM
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I don't - guess I'm a bad doggie mom.

He will sit in the back seat and look out the window. I should look into something for him though. I doubt he'd sit in a "bed" type car seat though.
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Old 01-10-2020, 07:31 AM
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Never strap in dogs but we also dont let them in our front seat. They have learned that they always sit in the back or a crate if we drive the truck. Dogs can learn this with enough training.
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Old 01-10-2020, 09:48 AM
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We have seatbelts for our 2 French Brittanys. Isabelle (avatar) wants to just about sit in my lap, and I felt unsafe driving while she was inching her way closer. The seatbelts work great - allow them enough ability to move but not enough to cause problems. The risk of injury or escape during a car accident was also a factor.

Since they are bird dogs, they are used to being in a kennel when we hunt. We have a special one that straps into the bed of our pickup.
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Old 01-10-2020, 11:42 AM
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We a similar car seat that PDX shows. The car’s seatbelt fastens across the back of it and there is an extension that slips over buckled belt and attaches to her halter. It has a removable cover that can be washed. There is also a drawer that holds a bit much of dog accessories, including proof of shots.

It is called Lookout 2. We have had it for over 12 years.
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Old 01-10-2020, 04:10 PM
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It's the law here to have your dogs harnessed in while they are in the car. Big fines if caught with your dog untethered.I wouldn't trust my dog to sit safely anyway.
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Old 01-11-2020, 09:15 AM
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We have never strapped our dogs in the car!

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Old 01-12-2020, 06:00 PM
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You absolutely should have your dog restrained in the car. In case of an accident, not only will the dog be injured, but he will be a projectile and potentially injure humans as well.
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