Dog Seat Belts, Harnesses, Barriers, and Restraints
Seat Belts, Harnesses, Barriers, and Restraints
The type of vehicle you drive will largely determine the type of
restraint you choose, with barriers being more suited to vans, SUVs
and station wagons, while seat belts and harnesses work better with
sedan-type vehicles and pickup trucks.
These go together because of course you don’t actually put a car
seat belt on a dog. Rather there are a variety of devices used,
some with their own straps that attach to the ’round bar’ or permanent
fixation point in your car in much the same way as a child safety
seat does, and some that use your car’s existing seat belts. These
devices consist of some sort of harness or vest worn by your dog,
which is then fastened securely to the vehicle by the use of straps.
Some are designed specifically for use in a vehicle, while others
are multi-purpose and can be used to walk or tie your dog as well.
There are a variety of configurations to suit every possible size
and shape of dog.
These devices fit behind the last row of seats and keep your dog
confined to the back part of your vehicle, separated from the passenger
compartment. They are constructed of a variety of materials, the
most common of which are steel or aluminum tubing, and wire mesh.
Some combine a wooden frame with wire mesh, and still others are
made of a sturdy nylon netting. They are bolted or otherwise fastened
securely to the vehicle so that your dog cannot knock them down
up Truck Restraint
This is very similar to the seat belt/harness arrangement, except
that it requires the installation of sturdy steel hardware to the
bed of the truck, and the restraint is then fastened to that. Some
systems are as simple as a tie down point for the dog’s leash, which
of course must be kept short enough that the dog cannot fly out
of the truck bed and be strangled by his collar, but long enough
that he has room to stand and move about freely. Others also incorporate
a type of harness arrangement with straps or seat belts that could
be used inside the vehicle as well.