Doggy style and safety
So, keeping the dog safe is not as easy as popping on a seatbelt.
But there’s lots more to pet accessories on the move than harnesses.
Seat protectors, ramps and water bowls are all part of the hundreds of accessories you can grab to pamper your pooch on a road trip.
Water bowls with a broader, double-lipped rim minimise the chances of spills while allowing your dog to remain hydrated.
Beds and supports to extend the seat area can also be handy, if potentially OTT.
Or you can buy protectors to protect the seats or insides of the doors from sharp claws.
Nissan even created a Dog Pack with a range of branded accessories including a ramp, cargo barrier, boot lid protector, lead, waste bag holder, cargo organiser, dog bed and a travel bowl.
The kit retails from $339 to $1215 depending on the size of your dog and whether you want the basics or the whole outfit.
Most brands also offer cargo barriers designed to fit that car without affecting its airbag coverage.
One advantage with choosing the manufacturer option is you know it will be tailored to your car.
You can also potentially bundle it in with finance or a lease when negotiating the purchase, meaning less money out of your pocket in the short term.
Many accessories supplied by vehicle manufacturers will also be covered by the same warranty covering the rest of the car. That could mean five years’ peace of mind, which will almost certainly surpass a cheap-and-cheerful product bought elsewhere.
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