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Did You Say “Car Ride”?
By: Shawna Gallagher - ABCDT ~ 2/20/2015

TritonCarSafety_s.jpgMajority of all dogs just love to go for a ride in the car. Windows down, head out, ears flapping in the wind and all of those wonderful smells! This is just so much fun! But what happens if you are in an accident and your dog is loose in the car? Higher risk of getting injured, running off, or worse death. 

Let’s Talk Safety
Would you put your child in the backseat without a car seat or a seat belt? I seriously doubt it. You do this in order to protect your child in case of an accident, it is just as important to provide the same level of safety for you dog. I personally have known of a couple of dogs that were either injured during a car accident or managed to jump out of the vehicle and injured themselves.   For the safety of your dog and the passengers you should not allow your dog to be loose in the car. 

Safe options for restraining dogs in cars
Crates:
Crating is one of the easiest ways to ensure your dog’s safety. You will want to make sure the crate is secured down with the seatbelt or bungee cord, you want to make sure that the crate won’t slide around. 

Harness restraints:
Harness restraints are a great alternative to the crate. There are lots of different styles for you to choose from. These will help keep your dog safer while riding. 

Training:
As with using anything new with your dog you will want to do some training and practice runs using the new equipment. A dog that is used to freely running loose in the car will need time to adjust to the new way of doing things. 

Bottom line:
It may seem silly at first to buckling up your dog in the same way you would your child. Keeping your pets safe while traveling is important to everyone riding in your car. 

Here’s to keeping our pets safe when traveling!