Best Car Accessories for Dogs
If like us, you love to get and about with your dog, chances are they will have to spend a fair amount of time in the car. While some dogs take to car travel like ducks to water, others are less enthusiastic about the process. Regardless of how well your dog travels you need to make sure your dog stays safe, and this may mean investing in dog car accessories.
It’s not just safety you have to consider either, so to help out we’ve taken a look at some of the best car accessories for dogs. They are sure to ensure that you, your dog and any other passengers can enjoy a hassle-free car journey.
It’s important your dog stays secure when travelling in the boot and a dog guard is an ideal way to achieve this. A dog guard allows your dog to enjoy the freedom of the boot but makes sure they stay safe as they are prevented from jumping through to the passenger seating. It will ensure that however unlikely, in the event, you are involved in an accident or a collision, your dog will be prevented from flying through the cabin.
There are a wide range of dog guards available, however, we’d recommend a fixed dog guard, which the dog can’t push past. You are also best looking for a dog guard that has been specifically designed for your vehicle to ensure the best possible fit.
You may also like to take a look at our available boot liners and trays; these provide a great base for when your dog is travelling in the boot and are easy to clean.
A step up from a dog guard is a full dog cage for your boot. Dog cages are a great option for nervous travellers as they give the dog an extra sense of security, and someone they can bed down.
If you only have one dog, a cage is a great way to split the boot so that your dog can travel safely in one half and your luggage is kept separate in the other half.
If you can’t or don’t want to travel your dog in the boot, then you need to invest in a restraint device or seatbelt to help secure your dog on the rear seats. Travelling with a dog loose in the car can result in a £5,000 fine and up to nine points on your licence if you’re deemed to be driving carelessly, or a £1,000 fine for driving without proper control if your dog distracts you. It can also invalidate your insurance in the event of an accident, leaving you considerably out of pocket. So a dog seatbelt is a fairly essential piece of kit.
The dog seatbelt can be as simple as a clip device which you thread through the seatbelt and then attach to your dog’s collar or a full harness which offers a bit more security.
Car Seat Cover
Another essential if your hound will be travelling in the cabin area is a car seat cover. This will help to ensure that your car seats continue to look their best, even if your dog is a regular passenger. There are a variety of different car seat covers to choose from, including covers that fit snugly around the seats and hammock like covers which transform the rear seating into a cocooning safe and secure environment. It’s a good idea to look out for waterproof covers as they will protect your seats even if your dog gets wet on their walk.
Tri-Fold Car Ramp
Got an older dog who struggles to get in and out of the car? Or is your dog struggling to get in and out of your high-riding SUV? The answer is simple, a dog ramp. It gives your much-loved four-legged friend a safe way to get in and out of the vehicle, without causing unnecessary jarring on their joints. Plus if you’ve been lugging your dog in and out of your vehicle, it will help save your joints too!
A tri-fold ramp is a good idea as it can be folded down so that it doesn’t take up too much room in the car when not in use. Look for a strong, sturdy ramp with a non-slip surface so that your dog won’t be at risk of slipping.
Portable Water Bowl
A portable water bowl is essential when you are heading out and about in the car. It gives you the opportunity to make sure your dog stays hydrated wherever your adventures take you.
Arguably one of the best portable dog bowls is the Road Refresher water bowl which allows you to provide water while travelling. The unique floating plate ensures there is just enough water for the dog to drink, but not enough that water will splash. So even when accelerating, cornering or braking you can be sure there will be no spills. The water bowl even comes with a handy bracket so you can mount the bowl in a permanent position so that it doesn’t get knocked over.
Pet Hair Remover
What is it with pet hair and car carpets? Even getting a small amount of pet hair in your carpet can mean you spend ages trying to hoover it all out. That’s where a pet hair remover comes in really handy, it will make light work of getting rid of the worst of the pet hair, and then a quick vacuum will do the rest.
Top Tip: A rubber glove is a cheap and effective pet hair remover, simply wet the outer side of the glove slightly and then get to work removing the hair. You’ll be amazed at the result.
Let’s face it, none of us wants our car to smell like wet dog, so if you love getting out and about with your pooch, you really should invest in a car air freshener. At Car Accessories Plus we stock a range of specialist air fresheners from Citroen, Vauxhall and Peugeot.