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The Whippeteer: Whippet Dog News, Issue #0036 - Dog Seat Belts
September 11, 2012

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Dog Seat Belts

My Lola used to be travel sick but a dog seat belt helped her overcome this problem.

Seat belts for dogs will keep your pet safe in the back seat and allow your dog to look from the window and enjoy his car trip.

"Traveling Butch," Saturday Evening Post Cover, July 15, 1944
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Dog Seat Belts - Why You Should Use Them

Dog Seat Belts - Why You Should Use Them
By Corinne Mitchell

Most dogs love to go for a ride in the car and dog owners everywhere bring their dogs along with them when they get into the car for short and long drives. Seat belt laws dictate that humans need to buckle up for safety, but what about your dog? Many dog owners don't give a thought to the necessity of using a dog seat belt to keep their dogs and themselves safe. There are many reasons why dog owners should buckle up their dogs while traveling in a car or truck.

  • In the case of an accident, a quick turn or a sudden stop, your dog can become a missile. Even at a speed of 30 mph, a 60-pound dog can cause an impact of about 1,200 pounds. A canine projectile can kill or severely injure not only the animal, but also the people in the vehicle.
  • If police and other rescue workers are called to the scene of your accident, it is very important that your dog be restrained. Right after an accident, your dog may be injured or in shock and most certainly will be confused. Out of fear, or in protective mode, your dog may attack the very people trying to help you and your dog. Also, your dog could get out of the vehicle and run into traffic and could get hurt or killed, cause another accident, or run away.
  • Having your dog restrained and confined to one area of the car leaves you free to concentrate on driving. Unrestrained dogs can jump in your lap, get under the pedals, distract you or block your vision. All of these actions could lead to an accident.
  • Dogs love hanging their heads out of the window and you may think that there is no way your well behaved canine would ever jump out. But no matter how good you think your dog is, under certain circumstances, unrestrained dogs have been known to jump out of a moving vehicle. I have witnessed this myself more than once. A dog leaping from a moving vehicle can be injured or killed.
  • Even when a dog is left for a short time in your stopped car or truck, they should be using their dog seat belt. An unrestrained anxious or curious dog can dislodge the parking brake causing the car to roll into another car or person.
When you do use a dog seat belt, remember that as with small children, dogs can also be killed or injured by airbags and so should always be placed in a seat that does not have airbags if the bags can't be turned off.
Dog seat belts protect your pet, yourself, and your passengers. So for the safety of your dog, yourself and your passengers, buckle up your dog.

Corinne is an Animal Ambassador for Best Friends Animal Society and is involved with animal rescue and animal educational programs. For more information on dog seat belts and additional tips on dog safety, visit her blog The Dog Seat Belt Blog at

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