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Does your dog like to explore the vehicle while driving down the road? Your pup probably starts out in the back seat, then meanders to the front seat with you (making sure to whack you in the face with their tail), then wanders to the back and continues this pattern until you reach your destination.
This can be dangerous you and other drivers on the road because you could get distracted by your dog. We know your dog doesn’t mean any harm, they’re just so excited to be on the road with you. So we recommend using a dog barrier for your car.
Dog Travel Statistics: Why Do I Need A Dog Barrier?
To reiterate how very important it is to restrain your dog in the vehicle so you can get to your destination safely, we found these statistics on traveling with dogs from Kurgo. 65% of dog owners admit to driving distracted at least once while driving with their dog.
Of those, 23% use their hands or arms to restrict their dog’s movement or hold the dog in place and 19% use their hands or arms to keep your pup from climbing from the back seat to the front seat. That’s a lot of distracted drivers and a lot of owners trying to hold their dogs back.
Best Dog Barrier For Cars
Now that you know the importance of why you need a dog car barrier, here are our top picks for the best options and the pros and cons for each.
This Bushwacker car dog barrier has metal tubing around it to maintain its barrier shape. Connected to the tubing is a scratch and tear-resistant pet screen.
The barrier attaches to the front seat headrest and either the car seat frame or seat belt mount. It is 56 inches wide and is best for sedans, trucks and large SUVs. To see what your car’s width is, measure the interior of your car just below the headrests. As long as the width is greater than 56 inches, this barrier will work.
However, there is also a 50-inch model available if this is too big.
The MidWest car dog barrier is made of wire mesh and fits most cars, SUVs, vans and hatchbacks. The barrier is adjustable and is capable of covering a large area.
The downside is that some people have spent close to an hour installing this barrier so it’s not as easy to install as the other barriers in this article. Some customers have also used zip ties to secure the barrier and pipe insulation to protect the vehicle’s interior.
The High Road car pet barrier didn’t make our top three because the mesh material doesn’t hold back dogs as well as other barriers. If your dog is generally well-behaved, this may be a good option for you though.
However, dogs who are more rambunctious and don’t mind pushing through things may move this barrier around some. The coverage area is 37″H x 32.5″W.
Other Best Dog Car Barriers
Below is another dog barrier we reviewed that didn’t make our top three list.
Reese Explore’s pet car barrier didn’t rank in our top three because it isn’t as universal as other barriers and it isn’t connected to the headrests, which means it may leave imprints on your vehicle’s interior.
However, it does have padded braces so it shouldn’t scuff your vehicle. It can adjust from 31″ to 45″ high and 39″ to 65″ wide. It fits most SUVs, vans and wagons.
Video: Dog Fails
We like to share funny dog videos whenever possible and this time we found the king of funny dog fails. My favorite “dog fail” is of Lucy who is acting like nothing has happened but obviously got into the trash — Enjoy!
More Tips For Dog Travel
You can choose one of the barriers in this article or take a look at other types of restraints like seatbelts. As long as you’re keeping your dog out of your line of vision on the road that’s all that matters for safety purposes. We also recommend you read our tips for your dog when traveling in a vehicle before you hit the road.
What type of vehicle do you have that you need a dog barrier for?
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