Is it Illegal to Drive with Your Dog in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, June 25th, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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Although there are no actual laws clearly stating that it is illegal to drive without your dog harnessed in the car, it can still be very dangerous. Dogs are man’s best friend and because of that, they usually want all your attention every chance they get. Dogs don’t understand that distracting you while driving could be fatal to both of you.

Driving with your dog can be enjoyable while also being safe. Keep reading to learn some tips for the next time you drive with your dog in the car.


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Tips for Driving with Your Dog in the Car

Next time you travel with your furry friend, consider these few helpful tips to keep you and your four-legged friend safe and happy!

  • Keep them in the backseat of the vehicle. As much as you want to spend time with your dog, driving is not the time to do it. Many owners will let their dog climb onto their lap when they are driving causing a distraction for the driver and possibly getting in their view of the road.
  • Put them in a harness or crate. Crates and harnesses are the safest way to travel with a dog. It keeps them in one spot and keeps them restrained in the case of a collision or sudden braking so they do not get ejected. Crates are even recommended when a dog is riding in the bed of a truck.
  • Clean out the area that they will be riding in. Check the back of your car first for food, wrappers and anything else you don’t want them getting into before loading up your dog.
  • Take them outside before getting into the car. Giving your pet a few minutes to go to the bathroom outside before getting into the car is the best way to prevent having to clean up any accidents.
  • Take someone else along. If it is your dog’s first-time riding in a vehicle, it can be scary. Bring someone else along that the dog is familiar with so that they can comfort the dog if he or she gets scared.

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