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How To Secure A Dog In The Boot Safley (Trunk)? 

Yaniv Oxenhandler
Yaniv Oxenhandler
I'm a content writer and researcher. But bottom line, I loveee animals. I had my first animal which was a guinea pig at age 8. Later had a bunny, dog and a lot, a lot of fish. Writing about what I know about pets will allow me to share my knowledge and love for them with everyone else. Dealing with dogs my entire life, I know a lot.

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Securing Your Dog In The Boot (Trunk)

Securing Your Dog in the Boot Safely is important. Dogs move around in the car a lot. Especially when it comes to placing them in the trunk.

Keep reading to learn more about how to secure your dog safely in a car so they don’t accidentally hurt themselves. 

Why It’s Important To Secure a Dog Safely In the Trunk? 

Dogs don’t see the car as a surface to walk on, they see it as a piece of furniture. You need to protect them against things that could potentially injure or hurt them. Dogs are curious which we all know. If you put a dog into a trunk with no security measures in place to protect them you’re placing them openly in harm’s way. While the car is moving your dog can suddenly move as well. How about if you make a sudden brake? Your dog will go flying and most likely hit its head.

See why it’s that important? Now let’s get into how to secure them properly. 

Is It Safe To Put Your Dog In The Boot? 

There are several factors that determine if it is safe to put your dog in the boot of your car.

First and foremost, only place dogs in the boot that can fit. If they are too big, they may struggle to get out and may injure themselves. They also need to be comfortable in the confined space. If they are too stressed out, they can injure themselves or cause other issues in the car. If your dog can fit safely in the boot and they aren’t too stressed out or stressed by the boot, the answer to this question is yes

Top 3 Ways To Secure Dogs In The Boot 

Many people will keep their dog in the back seat or in the trunk without securing them. This is not recommended and is dangerous. This is not only dangerous for the dog, but it is also dangerous for other people in the car. If your dog gets out of the car and starts panicking, it can cause issues for other people as well. If your dog gets out of the car and starts panicking, you want to make sure they don’t cause other problems like tripping over the seatbelt and getting injured. To keep your dog safe, you want to make sure they are securely fastened in the car.

Here are a three tips to safely secure your dog in the trunk

1. Get seatbelt, harness or a tether 

Before you place your dog in the trunk, you may want to first secure them in the car with a seatbelt, harness or tether. These options are a great way and in our opinion the best way to keep your dog safe while they are in the car. A seatbelt like a leash will help keep your dog in the car and help keep them safe. It will also help keep other people in the car safe if your dog tries to jump out or get out of the car on their own. A harness will also keep your dog safely in the car. It will keep them from getting loose and help reinforce the idea that they are part of the car.

A tether is a great way to keep your dog in the car and make sure they don’t get loose. Simply attach the tether to the inside of your car door. 

dog with seatbelt harness

2. Use a Crate 

Another great way to safely transport your dog in the car is to use a crate. Crates are great alternatives to small dog cages. They are also perfect if you don’t have a backseat that can fit a dog in the back comfortably. When using a crate, you want to make sure it is a safe crate. Make sure it is large enough for your dog to comfortably stand up, turn around and lie down in. You also want to make sure it has a locking lid. If you don’t have a crate, you can also use a cardboard box (Vets suggest against this). Simply make sure it is large enough for your dog to stand up and turn around in. Alternatively, you can also use a pet carrier or bag.

3. Many Safety Precautions 

  • Use a Pet Backpack – This is an excellent way to transport your dog safely in the trunk. You can find them online and in pet stores. These backpacks have multiple pockets that you can use to store food and toys for your dog. They can also be used as a place to rest their head while in the trunk.
  • Use a Seatbelt Harness – This is one way to safely secure your dog in the trunk. This type of harness has a seatbelt strap attached to it. The idea is that you can place the dog in the back of the trunk and then place the harness around their neck. This secures your dog’s head in place and keeps them from moving around.
  • Use a Pet Safety Gate – If your vehicle has a backseat, you can securely secure your dog in the back using a pet gate. This allows them to stay in the back and still allows others to come and go as they please. This is a very useful way to keep your dog safe and out of trouble.

Don’ts

  • Don’t put your dog in the car if you are too tired to drive safely.
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car if it is too hot or too cold.
  • Don’t leave your dog in the car for an extended period of time, especially overnight.
  • Don’t forget to bring your dog when you go grocery shopping. 

Don’t leave dog alone in car 

This one is kind of obvious, but it’s very important not to leave your dog in the car. If you are too tired or you are too busy to take your dog out, don’t leave them in the car. The heat or cold depending on the whether outside increases in the car. Your dogs can possibly faint if left to long in a closed space such as the boot of your car alone. 

Always be prepared for unexpected situations 

When it comes to safely transporting your dog, you want to make sure you are prepared for unexpected situations. This includes having an escape plan in place should your dog get out of the car. To make sure your dog stays safe, you want to make sure they are safely secured. This includes having a lock on their crate, a seatbelt harness or a tether. It also includes having their food and water nearby. To make sure they don’t get out of their restraints, you want to make sure they are securely fastened. 

dog in car trunk open

Conclusion 

Securing your dog in the boot is important. Dogs move around in the car a lot. Especially when it comes to placing them in the trunk. Keep reading to learn more about how to secure your dog safely in a car so they don’t accidentally hurt themselves. Dogs do not see the car as a surface to walk on, they see it as a piece of furniture. You need to protect them against things that could potentially injure or hurt them. 

We mentioned three ways you can do so. Which the best thing overall is to get a car harness for your dog!

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About The Author

I'm a content writer and researcher. But bottom line, I loveee animals. I had my first animal which was a guinea pig at age 8. Later had a bunny, dog and a lot, a lot of fish. Writing about what I know about pets will allow me to share my knowledge and love for them with everyone else. Dealing with dogs my entire life, I know a lot.

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