When you take your dog in the car, where does he sit? Do you drive with your dog on your lap, in the front seat or maybe in the back seat?
Is your dog restrained with a car harness? And if you do have a car harness (yay – thank you for loving your pet) did you know that most car harnesses do not restrain your dog in the event of a collision.
So what does that mean? It means that if you crash, even at low speed, an unapproved harness may open and catapult your dog towards the front of the vehicle.
I had the pleasure of making today’s video with Shelley –owner of Paws And Think Dog Training.
Shelley explains the dangers of driving with your dog unrestrained and shares with us her top 3 tips for keeping your pooch safe in the car!
When choosing a car restraint for your dog, its important to ensure that it is an approved harness.
The NRMA conducted tests on the 7 most commonly purchased car harnesses.
The testing was conducted by dropping weighted harnesses at speeds of up to 35km/h. The in-car testing was conducted using a specially modified crash test car at speeds of up to 20km/h. The tests were completed at the NRMA Insurance Research Centre in Sydney.
The test results were as follows:
|Animates ‘Car Safety Harness’||Fail|
|Black Dog ‘Car Harness’||Fail|
|Masterpet ‘2 in 1 Car Harness’||Fail|
|Rudducks ‘Car Harness’||Fail|
* Based on Pure Profile research conducted in October 2013
** Rule 297 (1A), Road Rules 2008 (NSW)