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    Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I have an 80 lb dog who insists on trying to sit on my lap while I drive. It is dangerous and frustrating. Besides buying a fence separator between the front and back, is there a way to get her to stop this behavior. (I was recently in an accident, and the behavior started then)

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    The safest place for any dog while traveling in a car is within a crate that has been securely tied down.



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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    They have "seat belts" for dogs...it's basically a padded harness w/ line that is attached to the real seat belts.

    Some examples:
    http://petsafetybelts.com/
    petsmart version

    I haven't owned either one so I can't vouch for quality, but it would keep your dog (and you) safer.

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    If you can't put a crate in your back seat - a barrier for the vehicle will keep the dog in the back seat while you drive.


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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    Seatbelts keep my two safely in the back seat.

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    Seatbelt Harness. Plain and simple. You don't have to buy a partition, you dont' have to crate them, you simply put the seatbelt harness on, get them to sit on the seat, place the seatblet through the seatbelt loop and *tada* they are safely secured. That's how I got my Boxer cross country.
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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    My reservation about seatbelts is - please correct me if I'm wrong - that I feel if there was an accident, the seatbelts would not offer the dog as much protection against being thrown around the inside of the vehicle or against injury from flying objects as a crate would.

    Am I wrong in thinking this?


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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    If you have a nice, well-constructed safety harness with a short lead attachment, then I think the safety harness would be just as safe. The lead has to be short enough to keep them from (a) getting wrapped up in it and (b) not let them fly about if there's a sudden stop. Even in a crate they are going to get knocked around inside the crate...I wouldn't think it's much better. I haven't really looked into travel crates though, so I don't know what's available: my car's too small for one anyway. May help with the flying debris though.

    Here's a safety harness I just found which I think I like better than the earlier ones: www.canineauto.com
    I think I'll get one if I don't find something better, tbh.

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I hate to say it, but in MY opinion - yes. They are going to still be thrown side to side in a crate. They can be turned upside down in a crate. Seatbelt Harnesses secure them and they can still be tossled but remain in the seat, secured. They're not going to be thrown from their seat, as long as the seatbelt doesn't have a malfunction, in which case, whoever was sitting there, dog or human, would have the same issues.

    My boxer would only travel in a harness. He whined way too much if I attempted to put him in a crate, which honestly, sometimes our vehicles don't support a crate. Not everyone drives an SUV. Thus, seatbelt harnesses are great, because you're utilizing what's already there, without having to take up a ton of your backseat space. You can still have 3 passangers + the dog if you use the harness in the middle of the back seat (which in my Elantra is also a shoulder belt, making it just as safe). I couldn't fit a crate big enough for my boxer in my little Elantra. No way, no how!
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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Renoman View Post
    My reservation about seatbelts is - please correct me if I'm wrong - that I feel if there was an accident, the seatbelts would not offer the dog as much protection against being thrown around the inside of the vehicle or against injury from flying objects as a crate would.

    Am I wrong in thinking this?
    No, I'd say that's about right.

    I do not personally care for seat belts myself. Previously I did have one for Dakota that was properly fitted and everything, yet she was able to pull out of it.

    I felt that if she could willingly pull her body out of the harness, there would be nothing stopping the extreme force of an accident.



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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    1. Transport Kennel in back seat. The top can be taken off so it can also be used as a bed. And can be put together in the back seat of the car. http://www.petco.com/product/6227/Pe...e-Kennels.aspx
    2. Doggie Seat Belt.
    3. Reinforce the STAY command. He needs to know what STAY means, even in the car.
    Last edited by Lonewolfblue; 11-12-2007 at 02:15 PM.


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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I'm not sure where I stand on the crate vs. seatbelt being safer - obviously they both have pros and cons. However, I can barely fit my dog's crate in my car when it is disassembled, so putting her in the crate in the car is not currently an option for me.

    I got her a seatbelt harness from ruffrider, and I've been happy with it so far. I like this harness over some of the others I looked at because the seatbelt feeds through a wide band that is directly attatched to the harness as opposed to having a thinner, leash-like attatchment.

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    The Ruffrider is the one I used for my boxer and is pretty much the only one I recommend. I'm getting one this week for Ony because she too, can't seem to comprehend the "stay" command in the car. I dont' take her many places in the car, and in the past I've always had hubby to hold her or to drive as I held her.

    But my Boxer, man, what a brute! The Ruffrider was the best choice I ever made with him.
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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I think most people who use crates in a vehicle have them unsecured or under-secured. So, in the event of an accident, you have a dog and a crate flying around the cabin instead of a dog.

    It's a little like putting a baby in a car seat and then just setting on the bench seat.

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I like the seatbelt idea better. With the size of a crate and me wanting to be closer to my dog I would probably just *forget* to bring the crate into the car and just have the dog be free in the car....(Im saying thats what would happen if I didnt get a seatbelt) so I would want to get a seatbelt. And the ruff one looks great!


    Question: Should the dog be in the front seat or in the back seat (like a child) when wearing a seat belt??
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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    If your car has airbags, I would definitely put the dog in the back.

    One thing about working in the insurance industry: I tend to think in terms of worst-case scenarios.

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    Wow!! That is so dangerous.. having your dog on your lap while you drive.. I can't imagine letting Otis do that.. I'd have a accident for sure! I hope you can find a crate or safety belt for your dog.. better safe then sorry!

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I know this is very bad, but when I drive and Lily comes for a ride, she sits on my lap while I'm driving (I know I know bad bad me!). She enjoys it a lot, as long as she is with me she is as happy as a clam.

    Recently I have gotten mad at myself for being so risky with my baby so I have been putting her in her crate in the back seat with the seatbelt around the crate Lilys fine with it as long as she can see me in the drivers seat from where she is.
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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I have gone back to the seat belt for Kramer since I had the mid life crisis and got a soft top jeep. He just loves it in the summer with the top off but I am able to clip it to the baby car seat hooks. I did have a woman at the post office this summer not get out of her car till I came out because she didn't see that he was buckled in.

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    Re: Dog On MY LAP while Driving

    I think in the event of a severe accident not much will save a pet from injury.

    That said, my dogs ride in the back of my Explorer; My seats are slippery so I don't even let them ride on the back seat, ever. In my previous vehicle, they did. I also never let them ride on the front seat, because even if an accident is minor, they could easily hit the dash board, or go through the windshield if it is broken. My dogs are both over 34 lbs. If they were small dogs, I would safety harness them in the front seat, like I do my Jader cat; he doesn't leave the seat with his safety harness.

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