Everyone knows that dogs love to stick their faces out of car windows. That's true anytime, and especially during nice weather when you're more likely to head for the dog park or another outing with your pooch.
Unfortunately, while it's fun for dogs to feel the wind on their cheeks, it's not exactly safe. If you get in a crash, an unrestrained dog can escape into traffic. Your canine companion could even cause an accident by getting excited and running over you while you're trying to stay on the road.
New Jersey recently became the first state to require dogs in cars to "buckle up." Other states may follow, but even if they don't, it's good policy to use a product like the Petco Premium Seat Belt Harness to keep your doggy passenger safe.
An Easy Way To Keep Your Dog In His Seat
The Petco Premium Seat Belt Harness gives you a simple way to keep your dog sitting in his seat rather than roaming all over the car. It fits on your dog and snaps onto your car's existing seat belt to keep the animal safely restrained.
Putting the Petco Premium Seat Belt Harness on a dog is nearly as simple as putting on a harness to go for a walk. These harnesses come in three sizes to accommodate dogs up to 80 pounds. The small harness fits toy breeds and smaller dogs between 10 and 25 pounds. Medium fits dogs between 25 and 50 pounds, while large works for 50 to 80 pound canines.
You can buy the seat belt harness online or in Petco stores. If you're not sure about the size, look at the product in the store and read the measurements on the package. Each size also lists the neck size and chest girth on which it fits comfortably. For example, the large size, which is the one I tested, fits a dog with an 18 to 30 inch neck and a 24 to 34 inch chest girth.
The Petco Premium Seat Belt Harness is very sturdy, with strong metal buckles that ensure your dog stays in place. This increases safety during regular driving and also in case of an accident, as it keeps your canine in the car. Most of the time, that's much safer in an emergency than being outside the vehicle on a dangerous road in a strange place.
Works Well For Cooperative Dogs
My two canine test subjects for the Petco Premium Seat Belt Harness were both dogs who enjoy riding in the car and who are well behaved while doing so. They both accepted the harness easily, and it took only minutes to put on. We did relatively short drives for the test run, but both dogs (55 pounds and 65 pounds) were comfortable in the harness.
It's possible you would have some problems if you have a fidgety dog or one that doesn't like to be restrained. The harness keeps your pet from moving around in the car and changing seats, so a high-strung dog that's used to doing that might struggle and get upset.
Some dogs have a hard time with car travel in general, so they might also have problems being harnessed. For example, one of my neighbor's dogs gets very nervous, and sometimes even car sick, when traveling in a vehicle, although using a Thundershirt alleviates much of the problem.
If your dog doesn't travel well in general, it might take some time to get her used to the Petco Premium Seat Belt Harness and the whole concept of being restrained on car rides. It takes some patience and training, but it's worth it to increase your dog's safety.
The Petco Premium Seat Belt Harness costs between $20 and $25, depending on the size you choose. That's a reasonable price, given the product's quality and the fact that it will last you a long time.
If you live in New Jersey, you'll definitely want to take a look at this product since you have to use some sort of restraint or face a costly ticket. If you're in a different state or outside of the United States, doggy seat belts might not be mandatory but it's still worth considering. You'll make the trip much safer for your pet in a simple but effective way.