Determining which device is best for your pup depends on the situation, Pezzuto notes. “Crates are great, and usually the easiest, as many dogs already know a crate from their home. You can start with crate training outside the car and then eventually move it into the car,” Pezzuto adds. “Having the familiar space may help some dogs settle down on the ride.”
If you’re pressed for space in the car, a bulky crate might not be your best option. There are many other products on the market that can protect and restrain your dog, such as a car harness that attaches to the seat belt (and has been crash tested), or a car seat/booster seat, for smaller dogs. Make sure you choose one that attaches to a harness, not your dog’s regular collar, to avoid potential neck injury, and that everything is securely attached before starting the engine.