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Holding My Dog Down: Installing Your Dog’s Car Seat

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Dogs make for wonderful companions, so much so that some people want to make it a point to have them go with them wherever they go. And while this is not a bad idea at all, especially since it’s a chance for you to bond with your dog more, you have to make sure that they’re safe too. 

This is especially true when you take them with you on drives. Just like how you need a seat belt to keep you safe from any untoward accidents, your dogs also need their own safety equipment. That’s why you have to make sure that you find the best dog car seats for your pet’s safety while traveling.

Of course, finding the right car seat for your dog is only half the battle. You also have to know how to install it in your car properly. After all, what use is the seat if you aren’t using it properly or securing it right? To maximize your dog’s safety, you have to make sure you’ve put it on correctly and in the most secure way possible. But, how would you go about that?

Knowing Your Car Seat

Before you go about installing your dog’s car seat, you have to know what kind of seat it is. By understanding the type of seat you have for your dog, you’ll know how to go about its installation. Given that there are several kinds of dog seats in the market, it’s essential that you install it the way it’s meant to be installed to ensure that it does the job.

Installing The Seat

Once you already have your seat and know what kind it is, you can begin installing it. In this article, we’ll be talking about some of the more common dog seats, as well as harnesses, that pet owners get for their canine companions. While these may already come with instructions, it can never help to get more help. You can never have too much information, after all.

The Booster Seat

There may be other names for this kind of seat, but the booster seat is a box-type of dog seat. It’s usually cushioned and made for smaller to medium-sized dogs and is typically elevated to give your dog a view while they’re traveling with you. 

While there may be different kinds of these booster seats in the market, these types of seats usually require you to strap them onto the headrest, around the car seat, and onto the seat belt.

First, you need to ensure that the seat belt of the seat of your choosing is buckled up. You then put the headrest strap on the seat’s headrest. After this, loop the straps that are meant to go on the seat belt. Finally, fasten the booster seat strap that’s meant to wrap around the entire car seat. Once that’s done, you’re good to go!

 It’s best to use this type of seat with a dog harness to maximize your dog’s safety and security.

The Seatbelt Harness

As the name implies, this is a harness that makes use of your car’s seat belt. This kind is usually for those dogs that are more well-behaved during car rides.

Installing this in your car seat is pretty simple. All you need to do is find an appropriately-sized car harness for your dog. When it’s time for you to travel, put on your dog’s harness, and then slip the seatbelt through the loop found on the back of the harness and buckle it in. After that, all you need to do is make sure your dog is comfortable, and then you’re ready to head out.

The Zipline Harness

The zipline harness is similar to a regular seat belt harness, except this one allows your dog to move a little bit more. This harness is perfect for those dogs that won’t stay still.

To use this, you’ll need to make sure your dog also has a regular seat belt harness. The way this kind works is you have a tether that attaches to either the seatbelts on your back seat or the handles on your car’s ceiling. Once this tether is secured, you can then attach your dog’s harness to the tether, securing your dog and while still allowing them some freedom of movement.

The Hammock

This kind of dog seat is more suited for those dogs that just prefer to lie down during car rides. If you plan on getting this kind, it’s best to make sure that it has a non-slip surface to ensure it stays secure in your car.

If you have this kind of seat, all you need to do to secure it would be to attach the hammock’s fasteners to the headrests of the front and back seats of your car. Then, you can set your dog down on the hammock and be on your way!

Traveling with your dog can be a great experience for you both, one that your dog will definitely love, given that they’ll be able to spend more time with you. But, just like how you need to make sure you’re safe when you travel, you have to make sure your dog is just as safe. It’s only right to show your dog the utmost care and concern about their safety, after all. 

That’s why you should make sure that you get them a suitable harness or car seat to keep them as safe as they can be when they travel with you.


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