​4 Tips for Driving Safely with a Small Dog

4 Tips for Driving Safely with a Small Dog

Posted by Andie Missert on 8th March 2018


Dogs,
small or large, are great travel companions for short trips around town or
longer, more adventurous road-trips. No matter the size of your dog, it is
important to consider travel safety gear that works for both dog and owner.
While larger dogs can use certain restraint systems in the back seat and cargo,
items like tethers and dog seatbelts might not be as effective for small dogs.
For dogs that are 30 lbs. or less, there are safer methods for keeping your dog
protected while driving. Here are four travel tips for driving safely with your
small dog.


For dogs that weigh 30 lbs. or less, a Booster Seat, also known as a
dog car seat, is a great travel option. Keeping your small dog in your lap
while driving is not safe for dog or owner. While this may seem cute or convenient,
it can serve as a major distraction for the driver, and the dog could be
injured while trying to roam about in a moving vehicle. A Booster Seat provides
a higher position so small dogs have the ability to see out the window and give
them their own cozy spot where they are safely contained.

This safety product is installed over a single bucket seat or the
smaller side of a split bench seat that folds down. The booster seat hangs over and is secured
around a vehicle’s seat by a system of straps. Watch the video below to better
understand how the Kurgo Booster Seat is installed:


 


Increase Protection
with a Harness


Harnesses are a must for dogs that frequently travel,
regardless of size. For small dogs who are riding in Booster Seats, a harness
is essential to be able to keep your dog contained within it.
Pick a harness with an attachment at the back that can be easily attached to
the carabiner clip on the tether included with booster seats. The safest way
for a dog to travel in the Booster Seat is wearing a crash-tested harness that
is connected to a vehicle’s seat belt. We recommend the
Enhanced Strength Tru-Fit Dog Car Harness
that comes in size extra-small for dogs
weighing 5-10 lbs. and small for dogs 10-25 lbs. You will want to attach the
harness to the tether and carabiner, which is shown in the
Kurgo Booster Seat Installation video.


Use a 3-in-1 Carrier


For dog owners who bring their small pups everywhere – on
road trips, to work, out to lunch, etc. – a 3-in-1 carrier might be the optimal
travel solution. Kurgo’s carriers, including the
K9 Courier,
serve as a carrier, dog car seat, and travel bed. Note that these are only for
dogs up to 15 lbs. and are not crash tested. To attach a Kurgo carrier as a
booster seat, you would use the strap to attach around the passenger seat. If
you’re bringing your dog to work, not only will the carrier transport your dog,
but it will be a safe and comfortable travel bed for him or her to spend the
day, while you work away.

Explorer Carrier


Keep Toys Close


Other than being the safest option for small dogs in the
car, booster seats and carriers can be very comfortable. Kurgo Booster Seats
have soft liners that can be conveniently removed for washing. They provide a
safe and cozy place for your dog to lay down and sleep or sit and pay attention
to what is happening around her or him. To add even more comfort to road trips
and decrease driving distractions from your dog, add a small toy or two to the
dog car seat during rides. Something like the
Mini Wapple Ball is the
perfect option.


Are you ready to hit the road together? For more tips on
traveling with your dog, visit our
Dog Travel Tips informational
page.

Andie Missert is a
Marketing Specialist at Kurgo
. Amongst other things, she manages the Kurgo blog and enjoys
reading about unique adventures that dog owners go on with their pups. 

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