Restraining Dogs While Driving

By Ronak Shah

Dogs have been with humans for thousands of years. Since their wolf-like ancestors were domesticated, they have been constant companions in our society. They have integral roles as guides, sniffer dogs, guards, herders, seeing eye dogs and of course valuable friends – even when travelling in cars. However, before taking man’s best friend in a car, several things need to be considered, like properly Restraining Dogs While Driving.

When humans are in a car they are law bound to wear a seatbelt to protect themselves and others. The rules for canines are no different. The Law requires Restraining Dogs While Driving. When travelling with a dog, the owner also must ensure the animal has all its base needs cared for: food, water, adequate ventilation and a safe spot in the vehicle.

The laws can vary from state to state. In Victoria and NSW there are hefty fines if a dog is not restrained correctly while on the back of a Ute or trailer. In NSW, fines and a potential jail term can apply if a dog is hurt because it’s not appropriately restrained.  In WA, dogs cannot be on a person’s lap while in the car. Unrestrained dogs can be classed as an uncovered load, and police and the RSPCA could apply fines.

The specific laws vary, but there are fundamental standards that are true in all states, and of course, a little thing called common sense.

Restraining Dogs While Driving

It is recommended that dogs are kept in the back seat with a restraining device like a doggy car seat or harness. Restraints will stop the dog jumping out and hurting itself or running away. Dogs cannot be transported in a closed car boot; they must be in the main cabin or the tray if it’s a Ute or trailer and they have to be tethered to prevent injury. The leash needs to be long enough to allow them to move, but short enough so they can’t jump off the vehicle. The minimum standard demands that the animal can comfortably lie down, stand up, turn around and otherwise have a full range of motions when Restraining Dogs While Driving.

Unrestrained dogs can cause distractions for the driver and be injured if there is a sudden stop. Dogs should also be discouraged from sticking their heads out the car window because projectiles like dirt, dust or rocks could hurt them.

An unrestrained dog can distract the driver and in the event of an accident hurt both itself and other people. That’s why it’s vital to correctly and humanely Restrain Dogs While Driving and always engage in low risk driving behaviours.

If you, or any of your colleagues, have canine passengers, it is worth investing in quality training so that drivers can handle any unexpected road events.

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