Are there laws where you are regarding restraining dogs in cars?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Deejayelle:  I honestly have no idea. Like you, I just think it’s common sense to buckle a dog in. My dog’s harness has an area for a seatbelt. No sense risking him getting hurt, us getting hurt, oir just the annoyance of a dog running all around a vehicle when you’re trying to drive. 

Post # 4
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I don’t think so.  You don’t even have to wear a motocycle helmet here :/  

This is the state where most vehicles are trucks, and most trucks have a dog or three riding in the back of them!

Post # 5
1050 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We have restraint laws where I live, but our german shepherd has always worn a seat belt in the car regardless of where we go.

She has something like this:

in every car she rides in and we have a couple spares.

I think the laws were originally written because unrestrained dogs cause accidents, they weren’t even focusing on the safety of the dog. You can get a hefty fine and it’s a big problem here because everyone drives with their little dogs on their laps, stepping all over the steering wheel and distracting their owners.

Post # 6
4138 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I don’t think there are laws here, but I have a padded harness thing that attaches to the seatbelt in the car so my dog it restrained. If there was an accident, he would fly into the seat or door if he wasn’t restrained and probably be badly injured. It also keeps him from moving around the car and distracting me while I’m driving. I think having your dog properly restrained is just a good idea… 

Post # 7
3588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

There’s only one state I’ve ever heard of requiring dogs to be restrained, and I think it was Arizona.  

Florida doesn’t require dogs to be restrained as far as I know, but mine all have harnesses that loop around the seat belt.  I want them to be safe when they’re riding in the car.  

Post # 8
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Interesting… I have never heard of such laws. I did however, recently see a full-size pickup pull into a gas station just off the interstate south of Salt Lake City with, oh yes, A DOG RIDING ON TOP OF THE CAB!!!!!!!!!! A large breed dog was just standing, unsecured on the top of the truck. Um, I definitely think THAT should be illegal!

Post # 9
15019 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m pretty sure we don’t have laws like that and I’ve never buckled a dog in nor have I ever seen it. There might be a law in the city about them being in the back of trucks but not outside it.

Post # 10
10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I have no idea. My cat usually wanders the car which I know is bad, but he won’t stay calm in a carrier. We only travel with him once or twice a year. I’m going to get him one of those seatbelt harnesses though. I’d hate myself if he ever got injured. 

Post # 11
1734 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

We have no laws on in-car animal restraints.

I’ll give you one better: my state has no laws regarding animals unrestrained in truck beds, either. I discovered this a few years ago when I was traveling on the freeway, and someone had their dog wandering in the truck bed. It was pacing quickly in circles and…you know how there’s like an elevated storage compartment in truck beds, at their back windshield? It kept leaping onto that, teetering, then jumping back down into the truck bed.

Seeing potential for it to jump out/fall out and cause an accident, I called 911 to report it. I was told it’s not illegal in my state.


I ended up writing to some people in the state government, but I don’t think anything ever came of it. Such bullshit.


Post # 12
7664 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I don’t think it’s illegal here (I would seriously doubt it), although many people do use harnesses which clip into the back seat belt clips.

Post # 13
1666 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@Deejayelle:  No clue. I told FI that I want to get a carrier or something when we get our first dog (we like Pugs) because puppy would probably be safer there than running around the car. We aren’t getting a dog anytime soon, so we have time to look into different options.

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