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June 3, 2010

 

The Front Seat Pet Car Barrier is made by Outward Hound. It is made from durable canvas with strong straps which wrap around the front seats of your car. There are two straps which wrap around each headrest and two straps which wrap around the bottom of the front seats. The straps buckle together and are easily tightened so that the Front Seat Pet Car Barrier is snug against back of the front seats.

The Front Seat Pet Car Barrier is ideal for small dogs and most medium sized dogs. A large dog or determined medium sized dog, however, may be able to get over the top. By using the Front Seat Pet Car Barrier to keep your dog in the back seat, the driver has less distraction which makes your drive more safe.

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Does your dog try to get into the front seat while you are driving? Do they rest their front paws on the center console only to lose their balance and fall when you have to stop or turn? This can be quite a distraction to the driver. One way to keep your dog in the back seat is to use a dog car safety barrier.

A dog car safety barrier can be of metal, cloth, or netting. But if you have a small car, a metal or netting dog car safety barrier can be rather bulky and unsightly. So consider a cloth dog car safety barrier instead. Outward Hound makes a great cloth dog car safety barrier called the Front Seat Dog Car Safety barrier. This works great in keeping small to medium dogs in the back seat. It can also be a deterrent for large dogs. But just be aware that a determined large dog will be able to climb over this dog car safety barrier.

The Outward Hound Front Seat Dog Car Safety Barrier wraps around the headrests of the front seats at the top. Then wraps around the seat back and seat cushion at the bottom. This makes the Outward Hound Front Seat Dog Car Safety Barrier simple to use, effective for small to medium-sized dogs, and relatively inexpensive.

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extendaseat.jpgIn conjunction with the dog car seat belts, I use the Backseat Bridge in my car whenever Sephi and Maya travel with me. The device worked perfectly when we first used it on a four hour trip from Kansas City to St Louis. Sephi and Maya were much more comfortable on this trip because they had more room to move around or lay down and stretch their legs.

What is a Backseat Bridge? The Backseat Bridge is a sturdy device which attaches around the front car seats and headrests in order to cover the floor of the back seat. The Backseat Bridge by Kurgo is slightly padded and designed for dogs over 30 pounds. Sephi is 55 pounds and Maya is almost 70 pounds and the it has shown no signs of weakness or breakage.

How does the Backseat Bridge protect your dog? The most defining feature of the Backseat Bridge is it keeps your dog off the floor of the car. If you have to make a sudden stop your dog could fly forward and crash onto the floor, possibly spraining or even breaking their leg, hip, or back. But if your dog is wearing a seat belt, how could this happen? True, with some dog car seat belts the dog would not crash onto the floor because those seat belts severely limit your dog’s movement. However, other dog car seat belts have an adjustable strap which gives them more freedom to move and sit, stand, or lay down. The Backseat Bridge provides even more space for your dog to move around which can be very comfortable for those long road trips.

How does the Backseat Bridge protect me? The Backseat Bridge has a flap which provides a visible barrier between the front seats. So if your dog is not wearing a dog car seat belt, this flap may deter them from trying to get into the front seat and distracting you while you are driving. The flap is not a complete deterrent, however. The best way to prevent your dog from getting into the front seat while you are driving is to have your dog wear a dog car seat belt.

Are there any drawbacks to the Backseat Bridge? One feature we have noticed is there is a slight gap around the side edges. So it is not recommended for smaller dogs who may be able to slip between those gaps. The straps can be tightened so that the padded base is flush against the back of the front seats. However, if the back of the front seats are not straight, there may be additional gaps. The back of the front seats of my car are not straight. However, since Sephi and Maya have the dog car seat belts with adjustable straps, I make the straps long enough for them to still move around but short enough so they can’t get their foot caught in the gaps.

Is the Backseat Bridge right for my dog? To find out, ask yourself these questions:
1) Is my dog or are my dogs over 30 pounds each?
2) Do my dogs hate being restrained in the car?
3) Will my dog be using a dog car seat belt with an adjustable strap?

If you answered yes to all three questions, then the Backseat Bridge is perfect for your dog!

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