Thursday, October 25, 2012

Buckle Up!

When we first brought Badger home as a tiny puppy, he rode curled up in the passenger foot well at L's feet. That became Badger's spot in the car, since at just over 40 lbs, he still fits in the foot well if he curls up tightly. But in the back of my mind, I was concerned that his head was right at airbag-level if he sat up.

He also kept changing the radio station

Mushroom has always ridden in the back seat of the car while wearing a seat belt harness. We bought a seat belt harness for Badger too -- we just made a lot of excuses (he might chew the seat belt, he might try to play with Mushroom) and never used it. Until this weekend. And guess what? He was perfectly well-behaved!

Or eating out of the seat back pocket

Mushroom is an old pro -- and the perfect size for bucket seats

How do your dogs ride? Do they wear seat belts? Do you use a crate? Something else?


  1. My dogs ride in the back. No seatbelts because they are very still in the car anyways. Norman often sits facing backwards with his head resting on top the the seat, it is so weird!

    When Kaya was a puppy she really hated the car and she would lie on the floor behind the driver's seat, so sad!

  2. We have a car harness for Athena....but.....we are horrible dog parents and never make her wear it! She did fantastic when we used to make her wear it though!

    Now she have full reign over the backseat (on special occasions she gets to sit in the front seat) where she roams around (not allowed), sits and stares out the window, or curls up for a good nap.

    We take Athena in the car A LOT and she totally loves it! Maybe someday we will make her wear the car harness again...

  3. Hi! I found your blog through the Rufus Way. Cabana sits in the way back of our Rav4, where she has a big comfy couch (bolster bed). I saw your post about unleashed dogs coming at your dogs. I had that problem a lot when Cabana was a puppy. She just wanted to play with every dog that passed by, lunging and choking herself to get over to them, when I was supposed to be training her to ignore other dogs. So we did a lot of walking near busy roads, where people would be less likely to walk their dogs off-leash (you'd think). Walking early in the morning and on rainy days also helped. I also learned to get really verbal (in a friendly but proactive manner)--if there's a human present, tell them, "You need to leash your dog right now."