My pup Cola loves to ride in the car. Just saying the phrase, “Do you want to go in the car?” will get her ears perked up and her head tilted in a “Yes please!” Cola has never worn a seatbelt in the car, but after reading up on the subject I might buy her one as a stocking-stuffer.
In fact, in the UK, over 60 percent of drivers think restraints for dogs should be compulsory. This article in the Shropshire Star says, “If a motorist is traveling at just 30 miles per hour, in the case of impact, an unrestrained average sized dog weighing approximately 50lbs would be projected forward with a force equal to a baby elephant.”
Here are a few more good reasons to get a restraint for your furry friend this holiday season:
- He can’t distract you while driving. Lots of people think they’re impervious to distractions on the road, but even if you’re a multitasking pro, a dog jumping around, standing up, and barking will get you to take your eyes off the road. It’s safest for everyone in the car if Fido can’t move around at his leisure.
- A restrained pup can’t put his head out the window. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But my dog LOVES putting his head out the window!” Yes, he does, but flying debris is dangerous for your dog’s adorable face. He can enjoy the open window from a distance while avoiding danger. Also, a restraint prevents the possibility of Fido hopping out the window when you drive by that cute Golden Retriever that lives a few blocks away.
- Sudden stops won’t send Fido flying into the seat or dashboard. Even just a quick stop at a yellow light can send your dog flying, and even if his life wouldn’t be in danger, he could bump his sensitive nose on something. That hurts.
- If you get in an accident, your dog can’t flee and get lost. Dogs run when they’re scared, and if you’re in an accident, he’s going to be terrified. [Or worse, get loose on the highway!] Keep your pup close by with a seatbelt so he can’t run off.
- The restraint acts as a means of support for your dog. I know my pup has trouble balancing on the front seat of our van (and she must have the front seat; she playfully battles me for it). With a restraint, your pooch won’t have to worry about bracing himself against the movement of the car.
- Most importantly, if you’re in an accident, your dog deserves the same safety measures you do. A seatbelt is the best way to keep your pup alive in a serious accident – you wouldn’t drive 70 mph on the highway without a seatbelt (we hope!) so don’t let your dog ride unrestrained, either.
Ready to step up your dog’s safety this holiday season? Pick up a harness restraint from Ruff Rider or another retailer – they have the best safe, comfortable harnesses for all sizes of dogs.
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