|Pet barriers allow you to section off a part
of your truck, SUV/station wagon, or car
for use by your pet. By putting your pet
in this special area, you can reduce driver
distraction and increase pet safety.
Pet barriers differ by type of vehicle. Here
are some tips to help:
- Pickup truck - this restraint keeps your
pet from jumping out of the bed of your pickup.
It is the simplest and generally the least
expensive. The restraint utilizes the existing
eyebolts or tie-down rings on the sides of
the truck bed. The restraint is normally
composed of 3 adjustable straps joined by
an "O" ring. Two straps attach
to the sides of the truck bed, the third
strap is attached to a harness worn by the
dog. Each of the straps can be adjusted for
length to accommodate various size pickups
and (more importantly) various size dogs.
Itˇ¦s recommended your pet wear a harness
and not a collar that might cause injury
in a sudden stop.
- SUV or station wagon - pet barriers for these
types of vehicles can be comprised of either
metal tubes or mesh straps. This restraint
keeps your dog penned between the rear seat
and the rear door. They are sized to fit
the dimensions of your vehicle without impeding
visibility. They keep your pet from roaming
about your vehicle and safely away from the
driver and passenger space. These should
be adjustable and padded to fit without damaging
- Passenger car- safety harnesses for cars
are designed to actually act as a restraint.
Most attach directly to installed seat belts,
and provide cushions for comfort as well
as safety. Usually this type restraint is
designed for pets up to 30 pounds. You'll
even find some are designed to allow for
the pet to look out the window while traveling.
Ideally, they should be easy to install like
a childˇ¦s car seat and fold for storage.