- A director with the ASPCA explained another issue well: Unrestrained dogs can be thrown with incredible force. In an accident going 35 mph, a 50-pound dog is thrown with the force of a 1,500 pound object. This is enough to severely injure other passengers in the car, and cause devastating injury or death for the dog.
Bottom line, no matter how good of a driver you are, don't think it can't happen to you. And if you would buckle up a child, there should be no question as to whether you would show the same courtesy for your Beagle.
What stops owners?
The biggest concern is that the dog won't be happy. However, with the right canine safety belt, your Beagle can still look out the window; in fact, he can stick his nose out just fine.
And in fact, issues of motion sickness can be greatly decreased. When unrestrained, the dog bounces around with every turn and stop, which can increase feelings of nausea. However, when buckled in, the dog is secure, which can help keep his stomach settled and cut down on dizziness.
In addition, for Beagle puppies, a booster seat will give better line of sight, which is a major factor with car sickness.
What to do:
If you have a Beagle puppy, get him a certified canine car booster seat. Please note , that there is a buckle strap inside the seat; this is to be connected to your pup's harness, not a collar. If you connect this to a collar, it can cause terrible neck injury.
If you have an adult Beagle, opt for a belt restraint. There are 2 great options: 1)
A tether. This is a simple yet effective method. One end clips into your dog's harness clip, the other snaps into the seat belt receptacle of your vehicle. 2)
A harness with tether. If your Beagle does not have his own harness, this is an all-on-one device. It includes the chest harness and the tether which clips into your car's seat belt.