Archive for August, 2011
Pet travel safety devices are not just for protecting your dog, they can also protect you. In this article, “How Dog Seat Belts or Pet Car Seats Provide Pet Travel Safety“, it explains that a dog who is not secured in the car can cause a distraction to the driver of the car. An unrestrained dog can also cause harm to the driver or passengers in the event of a car accident by becoming a dangerous projectile.
This article about pet travel safety also gives information on the types of products besides dog car harnesses that can be used to provide pet travel safety for you and your pet.
For more extensive information on pet travel safety devises, check out “How Dog Seat Belts or Pet Car Seats Provide Pet Travel Safety“.
Visit ASPCA.org for some great pet car travel tips. They advise several safety features for your dog including securing them in a well-ventilated pet carrier, not letting your dog stick his head out the window, and not leaving your dog unattended in the car. These are lots of great tips for pet car travel, many of which we have also stressed. Two differences:
1) The pet carrier should be secured in the car. Kennel straps from Pet Buckle are a great way to do this. The kennel straps from Pet Buckle have been crash tested.
2) If your dog doesn’t like to ride in a pet carrier, have him wear a dog car harness or ride in a pet car seat. A dog car harness or pet car seat can provide as much safety for your dog as a pet carrier that has been secured in the car.
Visit the ASPCA.org for great pet car travel tips and other great advise on pet care. Feel free to make a donation to help this non-profit organization fight animal cruelty.
On August 13th, 2011, we participated in a pet event called Tails on the Trails at Ad Astra Park & Pool in Lenexa, Kansas. It was a beautiful Saturday morning and afternoon. There weren’t as many vendors or as many visitors this year as compared to last, but it was still a fun and successful event.
We had a table there to sell our pet auto safety products, but there were lots of other things going on besides pet vendors selling products. The part which my dog Maya liked best was the swimming in the pool. Yep, that’s right, dogs got to swim in the public pool for the day!
At about 11:00, the Tails on the Trails event hosted pet contests. Visitors to the event got to enter their dogs in contests such as biggest dog, smallest dog, best trick, best kisser, and so on. I entered Maya in the best trick contest. She did her little turn-around trick on four legs and the same trick on her two hind legs. I couldn’t get her to do the one on her two hind legs as well as she does it at home (probably the distraction of all the people and dogs), but she did okay and got third place. First and second places went to dogs who did multiple tricks in a row. All the participants did a great job!
At about 12:30 there was a pet parade. The parade consisted of owners and their dogs walking around the park. It wasn’t too exciting but it was good exercise. I let my friend walk Maya in the parade.
After that, the local police officers did a demonstration with their police dogs (see photo above). Their dogs are Belgian Malinois dog breeds and they are super smart and very well-behaved. One dog demonstrated the finding of drugs and another one of the dogs demonstrated taking down a suspect (pictured below).
The very last thing of the day was the dock diving practice for the Lenexa k-9 team. There are national competitions for dock diving dogs and they need to get their practice somewhere. I had to tend my booth so I was unable to watch.
There are all sorts of pet events all over the country. Most benefit a pet organization. If you didn’t make it to this pet event, check your local animal shelter and rescue group organizations for other events.
We are part of another pet event on September 17th at Gage Park in Topeka, Kansas, called the Paws in the Park. And another event on October 8th at Southpark in Lawrence, Kansas, called Dogtoberfest. We hope to see you there!
The Extend-a-Seat from Outward Hound is a simple pet product for your car that covers the floor of your car. Its obvious use is that it gives your dog more room in the back seat. But did you know that it also provides a form of protection?
Have you ever slammed on the brakes and your dog flew forward into the back of your chair? Did he fall on the floor? Someone told me once that their dog had gotten thrown forward in such an awkward way that he broke his leg. And this was because of a fast stop, not a car accident. Imagine an actual car accident where your dog gets thrown on the floor. I was in a wreck once where my seat was pushed back. If there had been a dog back there, he would have been squished.
If your dog won’t wear a dog seatbelt harness or doesn’t do well in a pet carrier, protect your dog in the car by covering the floor with an Extend-a-Seat. My dogs wear a dog seatbelt harness but I also have the Extend-a-Seat. This is because I have the strap of their dog seatbelt harness a little long so that they have more freedom to move around on long trips. Our pets are important to us. Keep them safe and don’t wait for the worst to happen before you consider their safety.
Disclosure – Unless your dog is also wearing a dog seatbelt harness, the Extend-a-Seat may not protect your dog much in an actual car accident. Getting thrown forward out the windshield is still a very real possibility.
***The Extend-a-Seat has been replaced by the Kurgo Backseat Bridge. Both products are essentially the same except Kurgo’s products have a lifetime guarantee and the Backseat Bridge is reversable black or tan.
Since most manufacturers of the pet car barrier do not state which barriers fit into which vehicles, finding the right metal pet car barrier for your can be difficult. This is true for the manufacturer who provides the metal pet car barrier products on our website, Pet Auto Safety.com.
If you are not sure if the metal pet car barrier products on Pet Auto Safety.com are right for you, we welcome you to check out other pet car barrier products on other sites. Amazon.com has a selection of pet car barrier products from various manufacturers. You can visit our Amazon.com a-Store for more metal pet car barrier products to choose from.
* Always be sure to measure the inside of your vehicle to make sure that the pet car barrier you want to purchase will fit within those dimensions.
The manufacturer has discontinued the paw print dog seatbelts. As of the date of this post, we still have all sizes available. However, this could change at any moment.
The paw print dog seatbelts work just the same as our standard dog seatbelts. They have two pieces – the harness piece and the strap piece. The strap piece attaches to the harness on one end and buckles directly into the seat belt receptacle of your car at the other end. The only difference between the paw print dog seatbelts and the standard dog seatbelts, besides the color, is that the paw print dog seatbelts have a little bit of a thicker material due to the sewed on design of paw prints.
Both these dog seatbelts help to protect your dog in the event of a car accident. If the paw print dog seatbelts are gone by the time you read this post, the standard dog seatbelts are just as good though not as fashionable.