In the December 2010 issue of Whole Dog Journal, Susan Sarubin (CPDT-KA), wrote a great article about buckling up dogs (buckling up as in doggie seatbelts). Did you know that according to AAA, “more than 30,000 accidents a year are caused by dogs riding in the front seat of a vehicle?” And that number represents only dog owners insured by AAA, so the number is undoubtedly much higher.

Please, for the safety of your dog, use a seatbelt or a crate for your dog when you have them in the vehicle with you. These two options are best for two reasons: They help protect your dog in the event of an accident, and they also prevent your dog from escaping in the event of an accident . . . think about it.