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    On my way back to work at lunch time today I passed a car with two dogs in it. One looked like a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel sitting/standing on the drivers lap with its head out the fully opened window and on the passenger side was a scruffy looking terrier of some type with it's head out the window.
    The dogs looked like they were enjoying their ride, but isn't this a little irresponsible? If the driver had to brake suddenly the dogs would be thrown around the car, could be injured or end up going through the windscreen!
    I have always used a harness on my dogs and they have always been restrained to the rear seat in case of sudden braking or an accident.
    I also thought there was a law especially in NSW that dogs had to be restrained in the rear of the car/ute/4WD?
    What is your thoughts?

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    I love my babies and will do anything I can to lessen the risk of them being killed in an accident, so like with my children, I buckle them up.

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    I have harnesses. Many though just do not think of it. I was in the chemo chair next to a farmer today. We were talking dogs (he has moved into town though for the duration of his chemo.) He short chains the dog on the back of the ute for safety but never a thought given about in the cab till I said that it is then a moving projectile ability to magorly damage itself and him in the event of accident. I then mentioned the new laws and fines in NSW too. He was not so concerned about the fines but horrified he had not given much thought to his loved dog. He and his wife were going to get a harness after chemo.

    I think education is the key.

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    Woah. I feel bad now, lol.
    I havent ever harnessed Mollie in the car - she LOVES going for rides in the car and she usually sits next to me with her head on my lap. I have never thought about restraining her TBH. I'll have to get her a harness!
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    I must admit I can't harness Ralph these days since he had the tracheostomy as he can't have anything around the throat or upper chest and have not found a suitable harness. What we do do is never travel unless there is two of us, OH drives and I sit in the back with Ralph, we have cross over leads, in front one leg, behind the other going round the body with one and visa versa with the other. I hold onto these as we travel and he is made to lay down on a blanket. I also put one arm round him so he doesn't slide when going around round-abouts and corners. Prior to the tracheostomy he was always in harness in the back with a clip that goes into the seatbelt clip.

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    Well I'm probably going to get flamed for this but I don't use a harness when Taya's in the car. TBH I never even thought about it until it was mentioned on the forum ages ago. I know it's not really any better but I won't let her sit in the front seat.

    I have a major problem with people who drive with dogs on their laps, however.

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    Having dogs that are well behaved is one thing, but this nong having dogs all over the place and on their lap is rediculous!

    Everyone has touched on the safety of the dog, and of course, the driver, but there's also the irrisponsible capacity to kill some other inncoent person out on the road too.

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    I've always secured dogs in my car when I travel, either with a harness or in a crate. In NSW I have heard they are cracking down on unrestrained dogs, and it's a $400 fine and 3 points or so I have been told.

    Glad I do it too, a couple of years ago my van got rear-ended by a semi, I had 2 foxies in the passenger seat I was taking home, their harnesses saved them from any injuries. The impact sent them flying into the passenger footwell, if they'd only been restrained by their collars they could have had some nasty damage to their necks. I always have a few different sized harnesses in the car for when I have to transport dogs, although many of my clients have harnesses already.

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    I use a harness on Floyd & he's strapped into back seat belt. I want him to be safe just like my kids are.

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    When I had my station wagon it was crate in the back. Now we have the sedan (I'm buying a station wagon soon) Batty is also harnessed and strapped into the back seat. He hates being in the back though!

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