Pet owners warned over unrestrained dogs in cars

A dog charity is warning pet owners they could be breaking the law if their dogs are left unrestrained in the car.

Research by the Dogs Trust shows 14% of dog owners regularly travel with their dog unrestrained in the passenger seat and 9% even reach into the backseat to interact with their dog whilst at the wheel.

Their survey also found:

  • 90% of dogs have no formal training on how to behave in the car

  • 82% of people believe that having a dog in the car is dangerous

  • 85% believe their dog enjoys car journeys

82% of people believe that having a dog in the car is dangerous Credit: The Dogs Trust

The charity is now launching, 'The Houndway Code' to help raise awareness of safety while pets are in the car.