7 Safety tips for the car ride

29 June, 2011 0 comments Leave a comment

  1. Use a harness, not a collar, everywhere you go. Half of you already have this covered. A collar can damage the delicate neck bones of a small dog -- a harness is a safer option. We recommend Puppia, Gooby, and Lupine. Doggie Seatbelt is designed to clip to the harness your dog already loves.
  2. When traveling by car, buckle up the pooch! A seatbelt restraint system, like Doggie Seatbelt, will help protect your dog from being thrown against the inside of the car in the event of a fast stop or unexpected accident. Your dog should sit comfortably and not be able to stand up.
  3. Check your canine seatbelt system for quality. Be sure your buckling parts are metal, not plastic, and the belt is sewn, not glued. Also check the package for strength testing. A small dog needs at least 350 pounds of seatbelt strength to be safe while traveling at freeway speeds. Doggie Seatbelt is tested at 450 pounds of strength by an independent third party testing service.
  4. Be consistent. Use your Doggie Seatbelt every time you travel, even short trips, and even if your dog resists at first. Your little one will get used to it over time and feel more secure. It helps to install Doggie Seatbelt in each car your dog travels in -- including your pet-sitter’s.
  5. Overcome resistance. If your dog is not happy about being strapped in, or is especially hyper like a miniature pincer or terrier, don’t worry. It takes only 3-5 trips before your dog will relax. For especially anxious dogs, consider using Rescue Remedy Pet, a natural stress reliever, before buckling up your dog the first couple drives while secured.
  6. Make your dog comfortable. This may go without saying, but be aware of seatbelt buckles that your dog might be forced to lean on. A cozy sweatshirt that smells like home will soften any bulky plastic and might also be a calming presence.
  7. Use the backseat only! The safest place for your dog is also the safest place for a baby: backseat, center. If you don’t have a backseat or your dog can’t sit in the center, be aware of where your airbags are located in the car. An airbag deploys with powerful force, and you want to be sure your dog is out of range. 

Do you have more practical safety tips about traveling by car with your small dog? We want to know! Email us at doggieseatbelt@gmail.com or share with us on Facebook.

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