NY Times reports on car safety for Dachshunds

Apparently, wieners and other small dogs require special attention:

Ms. Selter, whose organization collects and analyzes pet safety data, said that even when safety restraints were used, they were often used incorrectly.

She recommended that most dogs be secured in harnesses that strapped across their chests and attached to car seat belts, like the PetBuckle harness, which clips onto dogs and into seat belts. For pets that need to move a little bit, there are tethers — like the Bamboo Quick Control Leash, which comes with a seat belt latch — that attaches to the harness and clips onto the car seat belt.

Harnesses are not for really small dogs, Ms. Selter warned. “Wiener dogs should not be in a harness,” she said. “If he falls off the seat, it will snap his back.”

Pet safety advocates also warn that dogs should never be tethered to seat belts by their collars. “If you hook the tether to the pet’s collar, if you have to stop suddenly, you could injure the pet’s neck,” said Thomas James, president of PetTravelCenter.com, a Web site for people who want to take their pets on vacations.

Update: Here’s more on the issue of Dachshunds in cars.

One thought on “NY Times reports on car safety for Dachshunds

  1. Shawna

    Thank you for posting such helpful information! I am just breaking into the rewarding field of therapy dog work with my longhair mini dachshund, Cayman, which requires us to travel by car much more often. I have been looking into various forms of dog “seatbelts” and this info came to me in just the right time. As much as I have to confined him to a carrier, his safety comes first and that appears to be the safest option, not only for him but for me as a driver as well. Thanks again!
    You can read more about Cayman and his therapy work adventures on his very own blog:
    http://doxidoggybloggy.blogspot.com

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