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CNET On Cars: Smarter Driver: Tips on keeping your dog safe in the car
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CNET On Cars: Smarter Driver: Tips on keeping your dog safe in the car

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Do you drive with your dog in the car? Most dog owners do, but are you really sure he or she is safe? CNET's Brian Cooley shows you the gear to use.

The first thing -- know about getting your dog or am -- going -- car I want them giving. It's not to do it all of a -- on the day when you go to the better take it somewhere. Isn't this whole idea. With this. I'm used to going in the car in stages. First by not going anywhere at all. Feature -- in the car. -- the house. And short little drives around the neighborhood rewarded the treats of course. Have blankets and -- in the car that they -- -- it became out of the house recognizes now. And later when it really matters and -- freaked out. -- animals get used to -- they don't understand like cars. By recognizing patterns that don't threaten them over time -- got to give them time to get used -- this machine. -- -- Now once you do get your -- used to going around in the car here's why it's important to secure -- in there are sixty -- friend here weighs 2710. When a car comes to a dead stop from as little as 35 miles per hour. That inertia can be very damaging to him to youth and I'm gonna bring down animal in the car after an accident -- if these blues can be -- first responders or running out into traffic getting himself for -- causing another hashish and -- -- -- these sort of barricades that are used in wagons and suvs are fine for. Compartmentalizing. The vehicle. But does this packet up to the task of handling 2700 pounds of August. And absolutely safety harnesses -- got this whole -- sort of chest piece here and it lashes over the back there next. That's underneath the front legs goggles on like this. And this whole thing clipped to a sliding -- that goes onto the shoulder belt portion in the second row away from those front row -- back. -- should always be restrained vehicles even if you're just going -- short journey. But here's the problem a recent study done by the center for -- safety concerns with Subaru goods to their owners love to bring their dogs and their cars. Found little a lot of these harnesses -- crap they -- at eleven of them in a recent survey one of them tested really well. Six of them basically broke on impact didn't work out well at all for that were so bad -- bothered testing them. One with the unlikely name of sleepy -- click get was the only one that held up well in this study. It happens to be among the pricey it -- well -- ninety -- -- hundred bucks but seemingly money well spent. Now when it comes to cats it's kind of like -- and product and -- and it -- -- -- -- -- -- -- always -- it scarier on the road. And then what you -- -- do is use the belts to at least lasted scarier in place against second row away from road airbags. You might also consider putting it down in the well between two rows of sites that really tunnel oxidant. Some -- loathing in little enclosed areas. And authoritarian it's got a places with a belt to sort of -- it doesn't just slip off -- Let's talk about dogs in the backs of pickup trucks up use date and a few additional municipalities have laws against it. Most do not the. Ring me that is actually ask us where friends have introduced legislation to ban that. -- there's dangers with dogs up possibly -- at a vehicle that gets me and I have to stop -- And we introduced that way back in 1983. And it eventually couple decades later became a -- California. Here's what you wanna do is common sense future dog into -- scarier -- rigid carrier in the bed. Then cross tether that -- it's not sliding around for an -- left to right in any kind of maneuver her impact. If that's not -- possibility then. Investing in some kind of harness would be another option. And of course -- you go without saying parked the car. Take the pets like it's incredibly hot car on even a slightly warm day if you're stopping even just for an -- and don't keep them in a -- without an -- please. Keeping your pets safe in the car it pays you -- dividends to double check that you've done it right yeah.

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