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Infographic: Traveling Safely With a Dog

In any state across the country, traveling with a small child that isn’t properly restrained is illegal – but only New Jersey carries these same laws for pets.

Did you know that 98% of dogs aren’t properly restrained during travel? Not only is this unsafe for you, the driver, but your dog faces injury if not restrained. Check out the infographic below for some safe travel tips – and a few facts that might change some minds about just tossing the dog in the backseat and taking off.

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    • Kim

      Oct 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      I was wrong…not all restraints are bad. But just like child car seats, it’s important to choose the right one.

  2. Anthony

    Oct 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    There is NO pet restraint law in New Jersey. I don’t know where people get their information, but you’re entirely wrong. The law says that it is illegal to inhumanely transport an animal. It says nothing of restraining them. Here is the link that should put that miserable rumor to rest.

  3. Rick

    Aug 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    For travel in the car, I have a special strap that is hooked to my dog’s harness & snaps in where the seatbelt snaps. 100% effective.

    • Kim

      Oct 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Jen is right. Car harnesses and restraints have recently been proven to be very dangerous and are worse than no restraints at all. I was very surprised but they’ve proven it with crash test dog dummies.

  4. Sam Buddy

    Jul 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Great article. It is truly informative. I, myself is a dog lover. i take my dog almost everywhere. And securing his safety is very important when we travel. i highly recommend this site – – you can actually learn a lot in terms of travel care for your pets.

  5. WoodRUFF Pet Resort & Spa

    Mar 26, 2013 at 11:37 am

    This is so true! People take special care of restraining their children in cars, why wouldn’t we do the same for our pets. We’re a huge fan of infographics and this one is great! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Jen

    Mar 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I entirely agree that pet travel safety is important, my dogs go everywhere with me including work. But promoting restraints that have been proven ineffective is misleading at best. The following link gives the detail of the study that found a 100% failure rate for restraint harnesses.

  7. Mark

    Jan 4, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Excellent infographic. I love my dog and I never want anything bad will happen to her specially on our travels. I learned a lot. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  8. Lindsey

    Jun 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    My dog loves to put on his harness. He knows it means “road trip”!

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