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Tips & Tricks with Sylvia Wes: Vehicle Safety

Updated: May 30, 2021

Credits: Luisiana Lin, James Daniel⁣⁣⁣⁣, Sylvia Wes


Did you know only 8 states have vehicle restraint laws? Whether you have a small pup at 11 pounds or big dog at 80 pounds, that is 80lbs projectile moving through a vehicle unrestrained.

Check out the Center for Pet Safety on up to date crash test passing equipment

For the smaller dogs: Gen7Pets Commuter Pet Carrier which passed the Center for Pet Safety crash test with flying colors.

With the carrier, again desensitize your pup to make this carrier a safe space at home first. At home, leave the carrier open to allow your dog to explore and even leave some treats inside. After they’ve gone in voluntarily a few times, close/zip the door behind them when they go in, allowing them to hang out and drop some treats in!

Sleepy Pod Harness:

Crash tested safety harnesses, the Sleepy Pod Harness will require positive reinforcement training because your dog will not be able to move since they’re fastened in by the seat belt. So create a fun party with someone in the backseat with them while the car is moving offering treats and rewards while remaining calm in the seat belt. Ease them into this by keeping the first rides short between 5-15 minutes around the block.

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