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When’s the last time you took a good old-fashioned road trip? It’s always fun to travel somewhere new, and even better when you get to bring the dog. But before you hit the road together, there are a few things you need to consider.

Make sure you have enough food and water for the trip, that you stop frequently for exercise and bathroom breaks, and that your dog is comfortable riding in the car.

Then, of course, there’s the issue of where your dog will be sitting. Many canine companions love to lounge on the backseat, curl up in your lap, or sit with their heads sticking out the window. But those aren’t the safest options for your pet. After all, what’s the first thing you do when you get in a car? Buckle your seat belt. Doesn’t it make sense to take the same precautions with your pup?

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That’s where Sleepypod comes in. No matter how you choose to keep your dog safe in the car, Sleepypod has a product that will work for you. They have three different types of carriers and two different types of harnesses.

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The Sleepypod carriers (Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed, Sleepypod Air, and Sleepypod Atom) have all the capabilities of a regular carrier, with the added ability to function as a car seat. Similarly, the safety harnesses (Clickit Utility, Clickit Sport, and Clickit Terrain) keep your dog secure and buckled-up in the car, but can also be used as regular harnesses in the park or on a walk. These products are great for just a short trip to the store or a road trip with the family. Your dog will be comfortable, happy, and extremely safe.

Every Sleepypod product meets the highest standards for safety and has been put through the company’s own advanced crash tests. Sleepypod’s newest crash test pet, “DUKE 2.0,” allows engineers to measure the impact of a collision and, therefore, design pet safety restraints that reduce injuries.

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But don’t just take our word for it; hear from Shetland Sheepdog owner, Susan.

Susan and her husband were traveling in the car with their dog, Kohdie, when they hit a deer. Kohdie was wearing a Clickit Sport harness.

“We were on a major highway going 55-60 mph and hit a big deer,” Susan shared. “The car was totaled. The airbags deployed. My husband had minor injuries (e.g. bruises) and we both had some hearing loss. Our dog was in the backseat and was not injured at all. We are so glad he is all right. We have heard about too many accidents where dogs were killed. We will be forever thankful for the harness.”

So, when you hit the road with your dog this fall, buckle him up along with yourself.

This article is intended solely as general guidance, and does not constitute health or other professional advice. Individual situations and applicable laws vary by jurisdiction, and you are encouraged to obtain appropriate advice from qualified professionals in the applicable jurisdictions. We make no representations or warranties concerning any course of action taken by any person following or otherwise using the information offered or provided in this article, including any such information associated with and provided in connection with third-party products, and we will not be liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, special, exemplary or other damages that may result, including but not limited to economic loss, injury, illness or death.
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