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Tips for Safe Travels with Your Dog

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


Whether you’re driving a couple of miles or a couple of thousand, you probably like bringing your dog along for the ride. But is your precious pooch secure 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. (Almost half of the states in America currently have laws that make it is inadvisable or illegal to drive with an unrestrained dog in your vehicle.)

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 attach to 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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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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Hard-sided carrier

Plastic crates that serve as a den for your dog at home are lightweight but strong enough for comfy transport and provide safety when secured with a seat belt. Make sure to use one big enough for your dog to turn around in and line the crate with a pad to make it soft and cozy.

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