Two immutable rules of being a Good Boy is that your dog wants to be with you whenever possible, and he always wants to see what’s going on. Translating the finer points of appropriate in-car behavior into canine terms is a little harder: if he’s too small to reach the windows, why shouldn’t he try to climb onto the dashboard? If foot snuggles are normally welcome, why should the presence of a brake pedal make a difference?
Don’t yell at him for doing things he can’t understand, get him one of these comfortable, elevated car seats instead. High sides covered with a plush fabric will give him a feeling of safety, while a short leash you can clip to his collar stops him from wandering around.
The removable liner can go in the washing machine and is supposed to trap fur and dander rather than letting it fly loose in the car’s interior. This is held up by a sturdy folding metal frame that attaches to your car seat with straps around the headrest and rear, giving your pet a firm base on which to sit or lie down.
The only real negatives to this design are that it doesn’t double as a pet carrier and doesn’t offer really comprehensive protection in case of an accident. For this, you’ll need to get another of our petcare favorites, the significantly more expensive SleepyPod.
Note that this particular model is meant to hold dogs of up to about 15 pounds (7 kg) in weight. Smaller dogs may enjoy this model, which can be raised higher on the backrest; moreover, it’s also rated for up to 25 lbs of weight.