When traveling by plane with a pet, most likely you’ll be renting a car at some point. Which brings us to the next question:
Do you seat belt your dog?
Should we do it?
Agreed, it would help protect a dog if there was an accident, or if the brakes were slammed suddenly. It also keeps them in one location so you aren’t distracted while driving (many drivers admit to being very distracted when their dog is wallowing around poking their head out the window or sitting in their lap).
Legislators are even getting on board. In Rhode Island, Dem. Rep. Peter Palumbo has proposed legislation to make driving with a dog on your lap a violation–a “distracted-driving” citation. New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona, Connecticut, and Maine all have variations of the “distracted-while-dog-in-lap” violation.
There’s also a website: http://www.canineauto.com. CLICK HERE for information about how to protect your dog when driving. They advocate crates, safety seats, or dog restraints that can clip into the car’s seat belt. Supporters also state your dog should be in the back seat, NEVER the front seat.
Or, is this just another marketing scam?
If we really need legislators to focus on “Dog Transport” when there are MUCH more important items, for (ahem) people, that need covered, a part of me thinks we’ve lost our minds and common sense has just flung itself right out the window. (That being said, we’re the first to admit we’re part of that Super Dog Loving group!)
Send us your thoughts!
(Note: The above commentary was inspired by reading an article in USA Today by Jim Walsh, Phil Dunn, and Alesha Williams Boyd.)