Tarzan Mama of Two
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: The land down under!
After watching a documentary on what can happen when in an accident if the animal isn't strapped into the car, mine always wear their harnesses (which has a loop for the seat belt to go through) when in the car, even if we're just going down the street.
The dog can hit the back of your seat (if riding in the back) and break their neck, and your back if the dog is big enough, if in the front seat and small, they can hit the dashboard and die of a broken neck and back, if the dog is in the middle seat in the back, they can either come through and hit themselves on the dahsborad, and then land on you (killing you both if the dog is large, but doesn't have to be super large), or go straight through the windscreen. You could have a minor accident and incidently kill your dog (or cat, the cat gets strapped in the car too cause he doesn't have a carry cage just yet). It's just not worth it for me.
They are trying to make it law in Aus that no dog can travel without a harness and being strapped into the car, for these reasons. If they feel strong enough to make a law about it there has to be a good reason for it.
Aside from all those reasons, just breaking suddenly without hitting anything, the dog can still fall and hurt themselves, with the harness on they can lie down, sit or stand, but can't go too far forward.
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