12 of the Best Dog Car Harnesses That Will Help Keep Your Furry Friend Safe
With so many dog lovers in the world, it's no wonder we want to take our furry BFF everywhere we go—vacations, trips to the dog park, or even just running errands around town. Our dogs go where we go, and in many cases, this includes rides in the car. It's just as important to prepare safety measures for your pet as it would be for a human passenger. Just think: If seat belts are second nature for us humans, why aren't they for dogs?
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Car safety features are designed for humans, not animals, so there's a real risk for dogs to get serious injuries without the proper protection. Using a dog harness can help to minimize force along the neck in the event of a sudden change of speed (like hard braking or when taking off from a stop). Keeping your dog safely harnessed also prevents them from possibly causing an accident if they get curious and distract you while driving. Keep in mind the harness should never attach at the neck, which could cause the dog to choke. Always attach on the dog's body.
According to a survey sponsored by AAA and Kurgo Pet Products, 65 percent of people have participated in at least one distracting behavior while driving with their dog. This includes petting them, letting them sit on your lap, and giving them food or treats while driving. Each of these behaviors is a distraction from driving and increases the risk of danger, not just for both you and your pup but for others who share the road as well. AAA recommends restraining your dog in the car to protect them, just like you do every time you put on your own seat belt. With the right tools and precautions, your dog can still be the best navigator ever, and you'll have peace of mind while bringing your pup everywhere you go.