Maybe it's because car rides mean that they get to be with you instead of staying home alone!
Yes, it's true that some dogs have trouble with a car ride - even a short one. However, the solution to that problem is a topic or a different day.
Today, it's all about planning a safe road trip with your dog - whether you're driving hundreds of miles or just making a quick trip to pick up the kids from school.
Although seat belts are the law for people, and you wouldn't ever dream of holding a child in your lap while driving or letting a toddler ride unrestrained in the front passenger seat while leaning out the open window, there is a disconnect when it comes to dogs in cars.
How many ways could this end badly?
A good plan will account for the worst-case scenario and include preventive measures. It's a fact, not an opinion: All dogs must be safely restrained while riding in your car.
Here are 3 powerful common-sense reasons.
Remember Newton's First Law of Motion?
“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
Here's what happens to an unrestrained dog during an emergency brake or a collision.
The numbers don't lie. An unrestrained dog becomes a projectile, thrown through the windshield or out of the car.
We know distracted driving is dangerous and a loose dog can interfere with your attention even if he's usually well behaved. Did you know that a distraction lasting longer than 2 seconds is more likely to result in a crash?
A loose dog can jump on you, block your line of sight, or demand your attention in other ways.
In an accident, a loose dog can bolt into traffic, run away in panic, or appear to be a threat to emergency responders. An injured dog can escape and be beyond your help. Even if it's just a minor incident with no injuries, a loose dog can panic and run away through a door left open.
A restrained dog is safer from injury, less likely to be a distraction, and more protected in an emergency.
The most common methods of restraint are a travel crate or a secure travel harness.
If your vehicle will accommodate a crate, be sure it's sturdy and secured so that it stays in place if there's a sudden stop.
Travel harnesses should be constructed so that they don't restrict the dog's normal shoulder movement. They can be attached to a seat belt in the back seat of your car. Be sure to use a harness that has been tested to hold up in a crash.