Harnessing in the car

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LouiseJB
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Harnessing in the car

Post by LouiseJB » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:43 am

Does anyone know if it is a legal requirement in the UK to have your dog harnessed in the car or are they allowed to sit freely in the back?

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Mattie
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Re: Harnessing in the car

Post by Mattie » Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:54 am

No it is not a legal requirement at the moment but it may be eventually.

For your dog's sake you do need to have them contained in a car, either with a harness clipped to a seatbelt, in a crate or with 2 dog guards, one to stop them getting into the back seat and another to stop them jumping out of the car if the rear door is opened.

I have seen a dog go through the windscreen, I hope I never see it again, there was 2 of them, one was killed outright the other had to be pts at the scene.

If you have a dog that is jumping round the car while you are driving, the police can stop you and prosecute, I have heard of someone who's dog was on the parcel shelf sued because the dog was in a dangerous position, if they had to do an emergency stop the dog flying forward would have killed them.
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Re: Harnessing in the car

Post by OHenry » Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:19 pm

We bought a short lead especially for the car. One end clips to your own harness and the other buckles into a standard seat belt. It looks like this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 602_304652

There are lots of other types of designs but this was simple and effective for us.

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