I know front-passenger seats know when there's something on them, and even have indicator lights for this. I also know the forces at which they must deploy, and the design of the seatbelt harnesses being very bipedal specific.

It's just that my dog doesn't fly around in front seat when ever we're dealing with acceleration changes (stopping, going, turns, etc.). When he is in the back, for any such acceleration change he has no control and is basically thrown all over the place.

He's a big hardy dog, but I'm started to regret this idea as way of gettin him out of the big city for some state park trips. No injuries, that I can see, but he really does slam around while in the hatchback.

The grocery hooks are way too small to leash him, and even though he wears a harness and not a collar, there's a lot of space to fly before being able to catch him in flight.

Should I just seatbelt him?

  • What means seatbelt? Seatbelt like a human? Or put the fitting adapter of the harness leash into the seatbelt lock? Commented Sep 11, 2021 at 16:56
  • Yes it’s the exact same one for humans and I feel like an idiot and embarrass every time someone sees me putting it on but it’s better than nothing I hope Commented Sep 11, 2021 at 18:08

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You need this kind of leash to plug into the lock of the seatbelt. Then your dog will not "fly through the car" at the backseat. Of course in combination with a harness and not a collar.

To seatbelt a dog in the way a human would do is dangerous because the belts position is fitting the human body structure and would give the pressure of breaking to the wrong points of a dogs body. This would cause serious injuries.

  • Do you happen to remember the name of it. I'll have to o rder online, my local shop said no one has ever asked such a question. I mightjust being asking wrong. Commented Sep 11, 2021 at 17:02
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    I am not sure if every seatbelt lock is the same... This one I found in a German shop. Amazon has it here. There is also a flexible version like a rubber rope Commented Sep 11, 2021 at 17:10
  • you’re a a saint for canines Commented Sep 11, 2021 at 18:06
  • Sure, no worries! Commented Sep 12, 2021 at 18:00

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