9 Things Your Dog Should Never Do in the Car

9 Things Your Dog Should Never Do in the Car
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Our dogs love car travel regardless if it is a short trip to the mart or a 6-hour car ride. But safety should be your top priority when taking them out on a trip. Are you sure you have done a good job of keeping your pet safe? Here are the things you should never do when traveling with your pet in the car.

Riding Unrestrained

In case of a sudden stop, an unrestrained dog will become a projectile. Your dog will hit everything in its path and potentially injuring your pet. Secure your pet in the car with the use of a dog harness or best if you put them in crates.

Sit in the Passenger Seat

Riding in the front seat of the car is not safe. In an event of an accident and the airbags deploy your pet could get injured. Your pet could also be a distraction in the front seat particularly if they are not restrained. Some cars have weight sensors or off switch to prevent the airbags from being deployed. If your vehicle has none, don't risk letting your pet sit on the front seat.

Ride in Your Lap

Riding with your dog in your lap could not only cause accidents. It could also be a huge distraction while you're riding. For example, when you need to maneuver , your dog being on your lap can prevent you from doing that. If you hit a hard bump, your pet could be crushed when the airbag deploys by accident.

Using a Low-Quality Harness

Nowadays you can buy a dog harness in every pet stores. Unfortunately, not all of these harnesses are made to keep you secured in case of a crash. When looking for a dog harness, the product should be approved by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS). This means that the harness has been crash-tested and it meets the standards for dog safety in the car. Products who met the CPS certification will usually have logos on the harness.

Letting Your Dog Run Loose on the Truck's Flatbed

Traveling with your dog untethered at the back of your pickup truck is simply an accident waiting to happen. When you let your pet loose, you endanger your pet and the motorists behind you. A sudden turn, abrupt stop or hit a bump on the road can possibly catapult your pet into traffic. Injuring them or even killing your furry friend in the process. If they do survive, expect a huge medical bill to get your pet well again.

Ignoring your Dog's Problems when Riding a Car

Don't ignore the fact that if your dog has car sickness you can't take them out with you on