Dog Booster Seats
Booster seats for dogs may well be something that you haven't even heard of before. They are often associated as something you put in the car for small children so that they can sit safely and securely in the chair when you go on a journey. However, they are becoming increasingly popular for dogs as well.
If you have a small dog, you will know that trying to get them to keep still in the car is no easy task. They are very inquisitive and like to look out of the window at their surroundings. Winding the window down for them isn't safe as there is every risk that they will just jump out and injure themselves. However, putting them in their carry case isn't always practical or kind to them, so what can you do?
A booster seat hooks over the back of the car seat and looks almost like a box being suspended in mid-air. Your dog then sits inside the box and has a harness put around him. The harness is secured to the box, ensuring your dog cannot get out. He is then kept secure in the car but does not feel as restricted as he may do in his carry case.
These booster seats are not usually necessary for larger breeds, partly because they are more likely to sit still. One of the main benefits of a booster seat is that your dog is a little bit higher up in the chair. They can then look out of the windows easily and be aware of what is happening. They will feel like they are a part of the journey and this may relax them, reducing the risk of them getting travel sick.
Larger dogs would probably benefit from having a seat cover, as they don't need the boost that a smaller dog does. There are various different designs available, so if you have multiple dogs, you can still easily transport them around. Some booster seats have been designed to fit two dogs and still ensure they are both securely harnessed in place.
Some dogs that suffer from claustrophobia may benefit from a more open type of booster seat. A large cushion that pads out the base of the seat will be used to sit the dog on. You then fit them into the harness as normal so that they cannot walk around everywhere and attach the harness to the seat itself.
This lets your dog see all of his surroundings and makes him feel free but still ensures that he isn't running around the car and causing distractions. It also means he will be safer, should you have an accident because he won't be thrown from the seat as he would be if he wasn't harnessed in. Ultimately, your dog's safety should be paramount and a booster seat could be exactly what you need to keep him secure and happy on both short and long journeys in the car. Once you arrive, you already have the harness attached so you can just clip the lead on and enjoy your walk.