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Old 02-10-2013, 07:49 PM   #1
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Can a harnessed dog ride in the front seat of a vehicle?

I'm talking about a dog in a harness attatched to a seat belt. Is the air bag dangerous for them like it is for kids or are they fine in the front seats?

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Re: Can a harnessed dog ride in the front seat of a vehicle?

I don't know, but I am guessing it depends on the size of the dog - a small dog is unlikely to set off the airbag. But in general I would guess the backseat is safer. With a baby or small child the dog in the back seat may be a bad idea for other reasons though!
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Wow I didn't even know there were laws on dogs in vehicles. I see all kinds of crazy stuff come to think of it.
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Re: Can a harnessed dog ride in the front seat of a vehicle?

I wouldn't but I seatbelt my dogs or crate them every time they are in the car.
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Re: Can a harnessed dog ride in the front seat of a vehicle?

Air bags are very dangerous for dogs.
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I don't let my big guy ride in the front but only because he tries to climb on me! He's a mastiff. Not gonna happen He rides in the cargo area.
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I don't know, but I am guessing it depends on the size of the dog - a small dog is unlikely to set off the airbag. But in general I would guess the backseat is safer. With a baby or small child the dog in the back seat may be a bad idea for other reasons though!
We don't have kids yet and I have a yorkie and a welsh corgi, the yorkie is 6 pounds and the corgi is 15, I think. Only when I go out by myself would one of the dogs be in the front seat otherwise both are in back. So the airbag only deploys if weight is present? I didn't know that.
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Wow I didn't even know there were laws on dogs in vehicles. I see all kinds of crazy stuff come to think of it.
I don't think we have any laws in my state. My dogs are like kids to me though so I want to protect them.
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Re: Can a harnessed dog ride in the front seat of a vehicle?

I think i'll just keep them in the back seat then even if it is just me and one of the dogs. I'd rather not risk it.
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I didn't realize there were dog harnesses for seatbelts! I really must look into that. My wheaton terrior rides with me daily (for school pickup/drop off). I would LOVE to be able to belt him in.
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