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Tips for Safe Travels with Your Dog

What you’ll need for a smooth ride with your pup

Overview

Whether you’re driving a couple of miles or a couple of thousand miles, you probably like bringing your dog along for the ride. But is your precious pooch safe in your car?

Safety is an important part of being a responsible dog parent. But according to a survey by AAA, only 17% of pet parents use some form of pet restraint while driving.

Here are some ways to keep your dog contained while you drive:

Dog safety harness

Designed to help keep your pet in place if you have to come to an abrupt stop, most harnesses clip into the car’s seatbelt system.

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Dog booster seat

A great option for the petite pooch who wants to look out the window — and would otherwise be trying to climb on your lap while you drive to get a better view. Doggie booster seats clip onto the seatbelt and also harness your pet.

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Hard-sided carrier

Held in place with a seatbelt, a sturdy hard-sided carrier can help keep your dog from roaming around your vehicle while you drive.

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Car barrier

Made of metal, plastic or mesh, these dividers block off the front seats, encouraging your canine companion to stay in the back seat.

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