High-quality Harness or Containment Device
If you’re driving a long distance, this item shouldn’t be a surprise, but you might be surprised to know how few devices actually do the job.
At Wolko’s Center for Pet Safety, she and her colleagues perform scientific tests on products already on the market. They’re looking for something that can truly keep your pet safe in the event of a crash, and you’ll be shocked to learn how many devices have earned their certification.
“Five,” she says. “Many pet parents just assume that products like this have some sort of approval process to go through before they get to market, but the truth is that there’s virtually no oversight, meaning many products won’t do what you need them to in the event of an emergency.”
Before you buy, look for the “CPS” certification, and spend at least a few weeks getting your pet accustomed to whatever device you choose. “Make the car feel like home however you can – toys, blankets, familiar smells all do the trick,” Wolko says. “He’ll ride calmly, and you’ll drive more safely.”