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Do I need to buy a car harness, travel crate or dog guard?


For their own and your safety a dog should travel either in a crate or fixed cage, secured with a car seat harness or in behind a dog guard. If you have space for a crate this can be reassuring for dogs as it gives them their own space, in safety and in comfort. Your dog should not be squashed in the car and surrounded by cases, bags or rubbish, they will find the journey more relaxing, comfortable and enjoyable if they have their own space. Bear in mind that it is possible for dogs to get car sickness so we advise taking your dog on shorter trips first and if your dog does get car sick try to ensure that the crate is secured and not moving around which can make car sickness worse. There are several types of adjustable dog guards that are made to fit many different types of car but there are also ones which are made to fit specific makes and models of car so it is worth considering which type is better suited to you and your dogs needs. Whichever type you decide to go for always follow the safety instructions to ensure that your dog is comfortable and isnt likely to choke or be injured if your vehicle has to stop suddenly or if they start moving around mid-journey. 

It is also worth noting Highway code rule 57:

Rule 57

When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.

Whilst the Highway code is a guideline, rather than a law, driving with an unrestrained pet could lead to you being charged with a number of offences, such as driving without due care and attention, and the code can be used in evidence, in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts, to establish liability. Charges of driving without due care and attention or, more seriously, dangerous driving, caused by being distracted by your dog, could result in a fine of up to £5,000, from three to nine penalty points on your licence, and even disqualification and a custodial sentence.

Failure to comply with the Highway Code’s guidelines are also likely to invalidate your car insurance, and may lead to it becoming difficult to obtain insurance with any other company.

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