Pet Travel: What’s the Best Method for Traveling Safely?

BY MICHAEL D.

Here are a couple of crazy statistics for you. Eighty-eight percent of Americans today own a car, and exactly half of that percentage — give or take a few points here and there — of Americans, at 44%, own dogs. There’s no data available for how many Americans like taking their four-legged companions for a spin, but we’re guessing it’s a moderately high number.

Interestingly, of the people surveyed by AAA Dog Owners, 86% of drivers allow that driving around with a loose canine in the car can be dangerous, but only 16% of drivers ever do anything about this. In this article, we’ll touch on the different options available to you as both a car owner and pet owner. We’ll also introduce you to a few of our best safety products. So, buckle up, listen up and enjoy a less hazardous journey.

LETTING YOUR DOG ROAM LOOSE

There’s such a thing as too much freedom. While your pet may enjoy the liberty to roam at will, stick its head out the window, or attempt to move up-front, this could prove a little hairy — no pun intended — especially when there’s a lot of traffic. In some states, you could even be fined for driving with a loose dog. Arizona, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey and Oregon all have such laws on the books.

Restraining your dog

Using a tether to restrain your pooch restricts its range to the backseat but allows for more mobility. With a tether, it can move from window to window, turn around and lie down. If you’d prefer this kind of product, then the Canine Covers Travel Safe Dog Harness might be what you’re looking for. Securing around your dog’s neck with ample room, over the chest, under the forelegs and coming up just behind the shoulders, this comfortable yoke puts less stress on your pet and is compatible with all seatbelts in all vehicles. The S.A.E. webbing from which they are fashioned surpasses standards for seatbelts and is even vet-approved.

Securing your dog

A crash-tested harness from Kurgo is a surefire way to keep your dog — and you — safe and sound as you travel. Whether such a product is right for your animal, however, comes down to how well you know the dog’s temperament. Some can’t handle the restricted mobility offered by Kurgo harnesses. It’ll keep them safe, to be sure, but if the dog is causing a ruckus, traveling with a harness might be more trouble than it’s worth — and just as risky if you can’t calm your pet down. So, keep that in mind.

It takes just a few seconds of distraction for lives to change — possibly forever — and no one wants that. Of course, your faithful friend doesn’t intend to get in the way or cause even the slightest bit of trouble. But, by investing in the right harness, tether or zipline, you’ll prevent everything from a fender bender to a spilled coffee after that over-eager pooch spots the donut in your hand. Happy shopping, and safe travels to you and Fido.


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