The Car Boot Lead – Car Travel with your dog
Are you looking for a travelling solution for your dog in the car? Look no further. Our Car Boot Lead for dogs is an important factor to consider when travelling with your dog in the car. Many dogs are lost because they were not secured safely and correctly in the boot of a car. It is so much easier to open your boot and see your dog safe and waiting to be unclipped.
Such a brilliant product and really well thought out. It anchors perfectly in the back of the boot, and I’ve adjusted it so my dog is comfortable but secure. Don’t know how we managed without it! [Rachel, January 2017]
Our Car Boot Lead For Dogs is essentially a double ended short adjustable lead and is essential for safe car travel with your dog. Before buying one of our Car Boot Leads, you may have struggled with car safety. Your dog jumping out of the car is a very real risk and the consequences do not bear thinking about.
What is the difference between our Car Leads?
The Car Boot Safety Dog Lead (this page) is used to attach to either the car boot floor (the anchor points) or to the car headrest.
The Carabiner Car Boot Lead has a carabiner on one end, which means it has a wider fitting for larger car boot anchor points.
How to fit the Car Boot Lead
The Car Boot Dog Lead for dogs was originally designed around the very real dilemma of opening doors and boots of cars and your dog jumping out. The reality of dogs being taught to wait is not common practice.
The concept of the design is you attach one end of the car boot dog lead to an anchor point on the cars’ boot floor and the other end to your dogs’ harness. The lead is adjustable and should be fitted so your dog can comfortably sit. It is designed to be short so that your dog cannot move too much, but can still remain comfortable while travelling in the car.
Some cars, however, do not have good anchoring points on the car boot floor, so inspired by a customer, I now have the new design for attaching the boot lead to a head restraint. It should be noted that unless you have a dog guard, your dog may still jump over on to the cars’ back seat.
The lead is short enough to ensure the dog is unable to jump out of your car. We recommend that the car boot lead is fitted to a suitable car harness.
Our leads carry a Lifetime Stitching Guarantee and in practice, they should last well with proper use. Please practice safety and common sense when using any dog lead where risks can be present.
RULE 57 of the Highway Code
When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.
Top Tips for Car Travel with your dog
How to be prepared
I have always been one for having ‘that special bag’ for doggy travels. Here I share my secrets about successful short and long car trips with your dog.
What should you take with you while travelling in the car with your dog?
- Prepare your doggy travel dogs days before.
- Make sure the car is kitted out with their blankets in their travel area.
- Fresh water and sturdy containers to replenish the water.
- Bowls, preferably the fold flat ones. Even small dogs can benefit from the small fold flat bowls.
- A good quality car harness or a car lead, plus spares.
- Any medications that your dog might be on.
- Emergency telephone numbers for the vet. Leave numbers at home for anyone that might be caring for your pets that have had to stay home.
- Plan the route so you know where you can safely stop.
- Make sure there is two of you so one can take care of the dogs while the other take toilet breaks, gets food etc to avoid leaving them alone in the car.
- Poop bags, don’t leave without your poop bags! Be sure to take plenty plus a spare sturdy bag in case you can’t bin them straight away.
- A spare collar and leash, one for each dog.
- Copies of vaccination cards, even if on your phone.
- Grooming kit, to include a tick remover.
- Small medical kit including bandages and vet wrap.
- A suitably sized soft fold flat cage.
- Bedding and/or blankets.
- Personal items such as a favourite toy.
- A bag or a tub for all of the above items to be stored in.
- ID photos of your dog in the event of the unthinkable.
- Make sure their microchips are checked for location (on the dogs’ body) and that the details are up to date.
- Try not to feed large amounts immediately before you travel with your dog.
Whilst on the road with your dog
- Plan ahead for toilet and food breaks.
- Never allow your dog to sit on a car seat without a restraint, they could jump on you or get under the pedals, and god forbid there is an accident, your dog could escape.
- Plan ahead for breathers to just get out of the car and take a break to stretch kegs etc.
- Be aware that your dog cannot ask to go out for a potty break like they would at home.
- Be aware of nearby vet clinics.
- Never ever ever ever leave your dog unattended in a car and certainly never leave them in a hot car.
- keep windows closed or open a safe amount so they cannot jump out.
- When stopping in strange places always have your dog tethered in the car so they cannot escape when you open doors or the car boot, even better use a crate for our dog.
- Be aware of their needs whilst travelling as it will be strange for them and not all dogs like travelling in cars.
Design Application Number: 6023644 15 December 2017.
This Car Boot Lead was designed by Sarah Gleave in 2009 and registered as above.