Using appropriate equipment in the car is important for everyone’s safety.
Unrestrained dogs can not only be distracting as you drive but are also at serious risk of injury to you and themselves in the event of an accident.
Dogs left to free-roam in the car may be more likely to become hyper-stimulated and excessively excited if they move around frequently, reacting to everything they can see. Further, excessive movement in the car may exacerbate any car sickness or anxiety your dog has about travel. We do not recommend that dogs ride in open trays in the back of utes and encourage you to include your dog in the cabin if possible. Dogs riding in open ute-trays must be restrained.
There are two general options for traveling safely with dogs in the car:
For some dogs you may need to experiment with what they prefer, or their preferences may change as they get older. Work with your dog to ensure everyone can enjoy their car travel safely and easily. Spending an extra few minutes in developing a positive association (with treats) for each car ride initially will pay dividends in the future.