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How To Keep Your Dog Safe When In The Car

Updated on December 12, 2012

Non-Restrained Dogs Result in Dog Fatality - And Human Injury

It is estimated that over 100,000 dogs die annually because they are not tied securely into the back of trucks. This number increases greatly if we add in the number of dogs that are killed when thrown hard inside the vehicle cab from where they sit during a vehicle collision because they are not harnessed safely in place.

Keeping this cuddly face safe while driving is up to you. Animal safety is your resposibility!
Keeping this cuddly face safe while driving is up to you. Animal safety is your resposibility! | Source

Humans strap themselves into seat belts, lock doors, and behind air bags to keep safe. But, more often than not, dogs end up tossed in the back of a truck or allowed to move freely about the passenger compartment of our vehicles. This is not a safe environment for you or your dogs. Tethering your dog in the back of your truck or backseat of your vehicle can help keep him safe just as your safety belt keeps you from being thrown forward and potentially out of the car. If we take it one step further, we rarely keep a leash on our K9's when in the car. On top of maintaining their safety with restraints, a leash can be very helpful should your dog get loose during any degree of collision. The leash can be use to keep the dog under control by onlookers preventing him from running frightened into traffic and being hit, or worse, causing another accident.

Be a good dog owner, safe driver and conscientious traveler by restraining your dog while you drive. Even when on a short trip to the local market and especially when you set out on a road trip, restrain your family pet. Preventing Fido from moving around in the car can save your life, protect your dog's life and those who travel on the road around you.


The Dog Safety Tether for your truck has a durable clip that allows limited movement yet still keeps your dog in the safety zone of the truck bed.
The Dog Safety Tether for your truck has a durable clip that allows limited movement yet still keeps your dog in the safety zone of the truck bed.

The Safe Zone for Your Dog (see diagram above)

When driving with your dog in the back of your truck, (tethered safely) the area directly behind the cab (see above diagram) keeps your dog in the safest place. The half-moon shaped area prevents your dog from being struck by debris and bugs, as well as preventing him from being clipped by a close passing vehicle, branch or sign. The diagram above shows you the safest place to keep your dog secured in the back of your truck bed. Never travel anywhere without first securing or tethering your dogs in the safe-zone!

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  • htodd profile image


    9 years ago from United States

    Sometime it might be difficult ..Well,These are safe tips

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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    ajlion1114~ You are correct, strapping your dog in makes a safer travel environment for you, the dog, and those around you in any driving situation! Thank you for your comments, I appreciate your support towards animal safety!



  • ajlion1114 profile image


    10 years ago

    I really appreciate this blog because I think dog safety in cars is not something even good pet owners think enough about. I also want to mention that keeping your dog tethered down is safer for other people on the road. As you mentioned above, a dog running around after a car accident is unsafe to other drivers. Even when not in an accident, dogs can still jump out of cars, so strap your dog down!

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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    kaltopsyd~Thank you for stopping by! I bet your puppy is getting bigger day by day. I really appreciate your comments.


  • kaltopsyd profile image


    10 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

    Nice Hub! I hold my puppy when we travel in the car. I tried to place her securely in the backseat before but she started howling and crying... *sigh* puppies. :D Haha. I guess when she gets a little older and more mature she can 'be safer'. Thanks for the images in this Hub. Very helpful.

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    Nell Rose 

    10 years ago from England

    Hi, this is really great, and the video was really helpful, we always as owners, forget to do something when we take our dogs with us, this has some great ideas, definitely rated up, cheers nell

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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    Maita~Thank you for the comments. You are right, our dogs are kinda like really furry babies and we need to keep them safe when driving. Glad you could stop by for a read!


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    10 years ago from US

    Nice and good to restrain dogs when you are driving, Thanks for a nice advice (dogs are like babies too) and well written notes, Maita

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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    wviera~Thank you so much for your comments. Just the thought of making one person aware of animal safety would bring a smile. A car can exceed 130 degrees F internal temperature in under 14 minutes, even with your windows cracked, during the summer months. Well hotter than it would take to cause a fatality in a pet or a child. Thank you again for stopping by!


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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    Wendy~thank you for the comments. I agree, we are responsible for the welfare of our kids as well as our pets.


  • wvierra profile image


    10 years ago from Collinsville

    You have no idea how many times I see people Leaving there dog unleashed in a back of a truck while driving, it only takes one time for the dog to jump over the rail going 60 + MPH. Same goes with people leaving their pets in a car. Some people think "I'm just going in there for a second" then something ties them up and they totally forget they have a pet couped up in their vehicle. Thanks for writing this article, maybe you just saved some pooches life.

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    Wendy Henderson 

    10 years ago from Cape Coral

    Pets are precious cargo just like kids. These are great products to keep our pets safe.

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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    Wavegirl22~ Wow, seeing your dog fall out must have been really scary. I am very glad he was okay after the fall but so sorry he has passed since then.

    Thank you for taking the time to swing by and read my little hub, and for the kudos on the layout. Makes me do a little dance. I appreciate your valuable opinion.


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    10 years ago from New York, NY

    K9 - such an important thing that most people do not pay attention to. Especially when they are small dogs with their little head trying to get out of the window :) I know this first hand as my little guy (RIP) once went flying . .thankl goodness he was not hurt but I sure was scared.

    Excellent hub and your layout is just gorgeous!

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    India Arnold 

    10 years ago from Northern, California

    Kaie Arwen~LOL! I can picture you and your big dogs traveling around. I am glad you have two good car pooches, it makes all of the difference. Thanks for the comments.


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    Kaie Arwen 

    11 years ago

    Oh oh........... when I travel with my dogs, it's a matter of keeping ME safe. With 450 pounds between them, it can be like having 3 overgrown two year olds, but they're good. They've traveled with me all over the US; they are hotel dogs, and as long as the bunny doesn't run by............ we're good!

    Thanks ~ Kaie

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    India Arnold 

    11 years ago from Northern, California

    Lady_E~ Thank you for stopping by. I know what you mean about dogs having their heads outside the moving car window lapping at the wind. This is however a very dangerous event and has been known to inflict major injury to the dog. Bits of road debris, rocks, and even big bugs can strike your dog in the face and/or head bringing real damage. So, I do advise keeping your dog restrained and fully inside the passenger cab; or tethered safely behind the cab of your truck where he is less likely to incur flying materials.

    I appreciate your comments and am always glad you swing by for a read.


  • Lady_E profile image


    11 years ago from London, UK

    Useful info with diagrams too.

    I've seen quite a few people driving with the dogs head sticking out of the window. It can be a cute sight but definitely not safe. I like your sound advice.


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