A Dog Car Seat Is Essential To Keeping Your Pet Safe!

Why run the risk of serious harm to your pet when you can easily avoid it with a dog car seat.

Safety is a priority!

There are many different dog accessories and many owners consider most, luxuries. I mean do dogs really need to sleep in fleecy pyjamas, wear booties or have their own castle? What about dog car seats though? Here, we find out why you should consider using a dog car seat, what the advantages are for you and your canine companion, what you should look for when choosing a booster seat for dogs and review the best dog car seats available.

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Did you know that 44% of dog owners do not restrain their dogs when driving (source DogsTrust)

The advantages of a dog car seat?

There are 2 main reasons pet owners consider purchasing a car seat for dogs;

Safety

While some dogs will sit calmly on the back seat of a vehicle for the duration of a journey, others, mine included, will move around, fidget even try to climb over the seats to be with their owner. This not only causes a distraction to the driver of the car but is extremely dangerous for the dog, even if your four-legged friend is well-behaved on trips an unrestrained dog can be injured or even killed in the event of an accident.

Slamming on the brakes or being involved in a collision, even a small one, could cause serious injury to your pet, they could also potentially be thrown through the window screen which would likely be fatal. Even a small accident in which no-one is harmed can cause your pooch stress, they could run away in fear when the doors open or become afraid to get in the car.

The safety of the driver is also important, especially with experts estimating between 10 and 30% of all road accidents are caused by the driver being distracted.

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Comfort

Another reason for choosing a dog car seat is comfort, yes, you can use dog car seat belts. But, especially for smaller dogs, car seats are a better option, Fido will be able to sit higher than if he were sitting in a regular car seat. Meaning he can watch the world go by and he will also be less likely to slide around, resulting in less car sickness. The best dog car seats have cosy interiors like dog beds meaning your canine companion will happily curl up and have a snooze on long journeys and another benefit is; they will prevent stains, mud and pet hair from damaging the interior of your vehicle.


How to install a dog car seat

Installing a car seat for dogs is not difficult Here are a few things that you need to know;

  1. Thread the car seat belt through the dog car seat, and attach it to the other end, this will hold it in position. Meaning the seat belt will be holding the dog car seat securely in place.
  2. Booster seats are often attached with a strap which goes around the headrest, in fact, some can only be used in cars with a headrest so check the seat is compatible before purchase.
  3. Attach the quick connector to your pet’s harness ring. It is important to use a harness and not a collar as this could choke your pooch if he attempts to get out of the seat or there is an accident. You can make this as loose or tight but remember the tighter it is the more secure your pooch will be although you will want to give them enough leeway that they can lie down and be comfortable.

These are just general guidelines and may only apply to certain models. It is important to fully read the instructions of your chosen doggy car seat before installation.


Colour, fabric, and style

There are lots of options when it comes to choosing a car seat for your four-legged friend although you may be limited by the weight and size of your dog. Some are more like cosy dog beds while others double as carriers, some may sit on the seat itself while booster seats are higher and enable your pet to enjoy the view while travelling. There are also many different fabrics to choose from including, quilting, nylon, even denim, some are lined with waterproof material or faux fur while others combine the luxury of sheepskin.

Shopping online will provide you with way more options compared to shops, although you will find dog car seats at Pets at Home and other pet stores. The most important thing to remember is you are purchasing a pet car seat for the safety of your pooch, not because you like the colour or style so always check whether it complies with regulations and it is advisable to read some online reviews and look around before buying.


Tips for travelling with your dog

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    It is important your pet has identification tags before travelling and it is a good idea even if your pooch is microchipped to add a tag with your mobile number and if you are staying at a hotel their details too. If you become separated, it’s no good someone trying to contact you at home if you are away.
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    Never allow your dog to jump in and out of the car without his leash on, you never know what may happen to make him run off.
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    Bring a bottle of water and a collapsible bowl so Fido can have a drink while travelling. This is especially important during the summer months and if you are travelling long distances.
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    Never let your dog sit in the front seat, without disabling the airbag, if the airbag deploys during an accident it can cause injury and even death to a dog, especially small ones.
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    Take your pooch with you whenever possible, not only do they love being with their owners, but many dogs often fear car rides because they associate them with a visit to the vet or kennels. Start from a young age driving short distances at first. This video may help:

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    Always keep Fido restrained when in a vehicle. Unless you have a large four by four with a huge boot where you can put a crate or use a dog guard the most common products designed for this purpose are dog seat belts and pet car seats. A seat belt will keep your pooch restrained but a doggie car seat offers more benefits, Booster car seats will enable him to look out of the window, a car seat will protect the interior of the car, it will also be more comfortable and prevent him slipping and sliding around If you come to a sudden stop.
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    Never feed your dog before going on a journey as he will be much more likely to suffer from motion sickness, instead feed a small meal, 3-4 hours before starting out
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    If you are travelling a long distance it will be necessary to stop every couple of hours for Fido to stretch his legs and go to the toilet, don’t leave it until the last minute!
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    A dog first aid kit is essential when travelling with your four-legged friend. This should include bandages, scissors, tweezers, antiseptic spray, and gauze. Also, include any medications your dog is taking, including carsickness tablets.

Reviews

Kurgo Skybox Booster Seat

Boasting over 130 5* reviews this collapsible booster seat by Kurgo holds dogs up to 30lbs and has a padded interior that can be removed for washing. It includes a tether compatible with the Kurgo Tru-fit smart harness ensuring a safe and comfortable ride for your pet.

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    Excellent quality
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    Universal Fit
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    Washable

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    N/A

Petsfit Pet Car Booster Seat with Seat Belt Tether

This smart booster seat by Petsfit is made from quality Oxford cloth, it comes in black, pink or grey and can be installed in the front or rear seats. It has 2 handy pockets for storage and comes with a removable plush blanket.

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    Washable liner
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    Handy pockets to store toys or treats
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    Soft and Comfortable

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Solvit Pet Booster Seat Jumbo

This roomy booster seat utilizes a rigid structure and comes with a safety tether which has been crash-tested up to 2000lbs. Easy to install it can take up to 30lb in weight and is perfect for 2 small dogs to travel comfortably and look out of the window.

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    Excellent quality
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    Strong safety tether
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    Safe-T-CoreTM Technology

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    Not suitable for sports or bucket seats

Me & My Pets Car Booster Seat

Transport your pet in style with this booster seat for small dogs by Me and My Pets, it comes in 2 sizes small and medium and has a cosy fleece interior. This booster rests on the seat unlike some which loop around the headrest.

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    Easy to install
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    2 sizes
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    Washable

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    No tether for harness

Car Booster Seat For Dog

This waterproof booster seat by Genorth comes in 2 colours, black, blue and pink and is the perfect way to keep your car seats clean while keeping your pooch secure and able to see out of the window. Suitable for dogs up to 11lbs and compatible with most models of cars.

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    Collapsible for easy storage
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    Keeps your dog cool in the summer
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    Lightweight

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    Not very cosy (you will need a blanket)
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    Flimsy

HDP Car DELUXE Lookout Booster Car Seat

This lightweight booster seat by HDP has a metal frame making it sturdy yet folds to 2.5” for easy storage. It comes in a range of colours and has several handy storage pockets. It can be used for pets up to 20lbs in weight and comes with a safety tether.

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    4 colours; black, red, pink and blue
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    Lightweight
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    Storage pockets

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    Straps are thin
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    The bottom is not solid

Portable Pet Dog Car Booster Seat

Made of quality waterproof 600D fabric this lightweight, breathable, booster seat is easy to clean and install, the handy storage pockets are ideal for treats and the safety tether helps keep your pet safe and secure while travelling.

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    Easy to clean
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    Value for money
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    Safety tether

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    Stitching not very strong
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    No lining so will require blanket

HERITAGE LUXURY CAR SEAT & CARRIER

This luxury car seat by Heritage is also a pet carrier. It comes in 2 colour combinations and has front and side pockets for storage. The adjustable strap fits around the headrest and can also be used as a shoulder strap.

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    Can be used 2 ways
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    Lightweight
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    Stylish

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    Tether not great quality

PawHut Dog Cat Puppy Pet Car Booster Seat

This lightweight booster seat by PawHut is perfect for both long and short journeys providing a safe and comfortable place for your pet to relax. Ideal for pets up to 10 kg it folds flat for compact storage and comes with a 90-day manufacturer’s warranty.

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    Built-in adjustable straps
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    Easy to install
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    Lightweight

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    Soft base
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    No lining

Dog Car Seat, Legendog

This deluxe booster seat for dogs is made from waterproof polyester and comes with a soft wool lining. It collapses for easy storage yet has a sturdy base. Handy storage pockets are ideal for poo bags and treats and it has a safety tether to attach to your pet’s harness.

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    Good quality
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    Soft lining
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    Collapsible

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    Straps are a little short

Conclusion

Dog car seats are great for keeping your pet safe and comfortable while driving. Not only will it restrain your four-legged friend so that they will not distract the driver, they will also be able to feel comfortable and secure and with a booster seat for small dogs will be able to look out of the window.

Choosing the right dog car seat is important and you should always check the dimensions before ordering. I recommend the Solvit pet safety seat, while it is a little more expensive than some of the others, it is excellent quality and has been rigorously tested giving you extra peace of mind.

John Devlin

Owner - Dogsbarn.com

 

Husband, father and avid dog lover. Currently the proud owner of George a pedigree Golden Retriever that barely leaves my side. However, cute this sounds a little break from the dog hairs every now and then would be nice!

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