Driving around with an unrestrained dog in your vehicle could potentially be dangerous, making a dog car seat an all-important safety feature for those who allow their dog to sit in their car rather than in the boot.
According to a study by Volvo USA, motorists who didn’t restrain their dogs on car journeys were considerably more likely to lose concentration as a result of their pet’s behaviour. They became stressed keeping an eye on what their pet was doing, and the dogs were also stressed as they couldn’t stay still and secure.
While you can buy dog car crates and dog car harnesses, for smaller dogs a dog car seat may actually be the best option. But knowing you need a dog car seat, and figuring out what you actually need to purchase, are two very different things.
Many dog car seats simply keep your dog in one place to prevent them from distracting you on the road. So, ensuring you have a car seat that can actually offer some form of protection for your pooch is vital. You need to look for high sides, cushioned bases for comfort and harness clips.
Also, think about how the seat attaches to the car. Most have a handle that a car seatbelt can pass through, but others require you to pass straps around car headrests.
To help you find exactly what you’re looking for, we’ve trawled through the market to find a range of car seats that offer tether and harness options, meaning they can provide actual safety support for medium to small-sized dogs.
So no need to cancel that road trip, because your doggy driving solution is finally here!