|Nolte (Retired Guide Dog)|
Guide dog work- is a joyous- thing!
|Barked: Thu Dec 29, '05 4:04pm PST |
|I'd say switch the harnesses, personally. Usually when I'm riding in a car I don't leave Nolte's working harness on... unless it's a quick trip. But something longer then a half hour, I leave his harness off until we get where we're going.
There's a discussion going on on one of my guide dog lists right now about car accidents and the safest place for a dog to be in a car. The guide dog schools recommend keeping our dogs on the floor of the back seat. The lower they are in the vehicle, the lesslikely they are to become "flying projectiles" in a crash.
Also, it's very dangerous to have your dog in the front (on the seat or on the floor) as the airbag deploying can cause serious or fatal injuries for a dog. When you think about it, children under a certain weight are not allowed to ride in the front of a vehicle, so it makes perfect sense that a dog wouldn't be safe either.
When I and my mom were in our accident in October, Nolte was on the back seat and I was in the front passenger seat. He was thrown against the back of my seat and to the floor. Thankfully he wasn't injured, and I learned an important lesson about where to keep him from now on... and it's not on the seat. LOL.
We have a minivan now, and he rides on the floor. Thankfully he never even tries to climb on the seat at all. I wish that vehicles being manufactured today would incorporate some form of seatbelt system for dogs to secure them safely to the floor while riding.