Best Dog Car Seats

Just like a child’s safety seat is made to keep your baby safe while the vehicle is in motion so is the dog seat for your canine friend. This makes it possible for your pet to be in a safe place while still having some freedom of movement. This is a must have dog walking accessory for dog lovers that like to bring their dog on outdoor trips. If are a professional dog walker and use a car this will provide extra confidence in your service along with a valid dog walking insurance certificate.  

Dog car seat advantages

By having a dog booster or car seat. The area where your dog will be located is not a fixed point in the permanent part of the vehicle's interior. The seat can easily be removed and cleaned after an accident by your canine friend if they get motion sickness or just had to go.

The seat is also secured to the interior with sides to contain your dog when the vehicle shifts from side to side or when stopping or starting forward aggressively.  It would be dangerous for both the human occupants of a vehicle and the dog if they lose their balance during a manoeuvre by the vehicle and slam into the door or the back of a seat.

For those pet owners that have a dog that likes to munch and chew, they have access to their seat. This is highly preferable to them munching on the car seat.

Are there any advantages for your dog to being in a booster seat?

Dogs are territorial and by having a special place like a booster seat just for them, they will be more content being there. They know that it is their place so they can just lie down and rest or enjoy the ride.

For smaller breeds, the booster seat can be elevated off the vehicle passenger seat so they can have a view of the world as it passes by.  This will help make your canine friend more content when travelling with you.

How are the dog seats constructed?

Depending on the size of your pet, the seat needs to allow them some movement and enough room for them to lie down and nap.  The seat looks more like a basket with 4 walls and a bottom. For larger dogs, the backside can be extended up the car seat to the headrest so no hair will be deposited on the vehicle’s seat.

The heavier the dog seat is the more stable it will be, but harder to get and out of the vehicle. If the seat will be in the vehicle for long periods of time or semi-permanent get a heavier better constructed one. Make sure the padding and cushions are removable. This makes cleaning them much easier than permanent cushions. Removable covers are also preferred.

Most of the dog seats will have some type of harness to help keep the dog in the seat. Not only does the seat have to be restrained to the vehicle seat, but the dog should also be slightly restrained so they cannot just jump out of the seat when they feel like it.

Note; never have your dog restrained to the seat by the collar. This would be a choking hazard. A harness should be on your pet and that should be anchored to the seat. The following reviews are being presented to show you what is currently available to help keep your canine friend safe and cosy.

This booster seat has removable cushions on all 4 sides and in the bottom to keep your dog comfortable and safe when they are travelling with you. The booster seat is anchored to the vehicle’s seat using the vehicles seat belt. The tether is capable of holding up to 900 Kg of pressure to hold your dog secure so no matter what occurs in your travels, your pet will not become a projectile. This unit assembles in a matter of minutes

  • Made for smaller dogs up to 30 lbs.
  • Inside space is 14” wide by 18” long. The sides are 8” high.
  • The bottom of the boaster interior seat is elevated 14” above the vehicle seat so your dog can see out the window. The base of the boaster is resting on the vehicle seat.
  • The cover is removable and machine washable.
  • Plastic frame that snaps together in minutes and never rusts.
  • Cushions foam padding is thinner than desirable.
  • The colour selection is limited to tan.

This seat doubles as a carrying bag so in or out of the vehicle, your dog’s portable bed can go with them. The strap makes it possible to hang it on the headrest of the seat or your shoulder. The bag minus the dog only weighs 2.6 lbs. There is a metal anchor to help secure the dog in the seat.

  • Made for dogs up to 35 lbs.
  • Inside space is 12.6” wide and 16.7” long. The sides are 8.3” high.
  • The frame is steel.
  • Hardness plank on the bottom to prevent sagging.
  • Foldable construction.
  • The removable cover is dirt and waterproof wool lining for easy cleaning.
  • No structural support on the sides.
  • Colour limited to grey.

This is another booster seat designed to hang on the headrest of the vehicle’s seat. This will fool the on-board computer that no one is in the seat so the airbag will not be deployed in an accident. The level the seats hangs is adjustable for your dog can have a view of the road going forward or on the side.

  • Made for dogs under 20 lbs.
  • Inside space is 12” wide and 16” long. The sides are 8” high.
  • The frame is metal.
  • Machine washable liner.
  • Collapsible.
  • Features metal supports and plank on the bottom.
  • Has an anchor to help keep the dog secure.
  • The only colour is black.
  • Padding very thin.

This is another booster seat designed to hang on the headrest of the vehicle’s seat. This will fool the on-board computer that no one is in the seat so the airbag will not be deployed in an accident. The level the seats hangs is adjustable for your dog can have a view of the road going forward or on the side.

  • Made for dogs under 25 lbs.
  • Inside space is 14” wide and 20” long. The sides are 10” high.
  • Removable quilted micro-suede liner.
  • Adjustable height straps.
  • Comes with 2 anchors to help keep the dog secure.
  • The only colour is Taupe.
  • Padding very thin.

5. 2 in 1 Pet dog thick waterproof car single front pet seat cover

This is the protection your seat has always wanted for those who bring their dogs with them on their travels. This seat cover protects the back, the bottom and even the sides of the seat from dirt, hair and slobbers. You can even zipper up the sides and front to provide your dog with a sense of security so they won’t fear sliding out.

  • Made for any size dog that sits in a seat. If in the front seat make sure you disable the airbag.
  • Inside space is 17.7” wide and 17.7” long. The sides are 9.3” high when zippered into dog carrier seat formation.
  • Made of nylon waterproof cloth and is water-resistant.
  • Is cleaned with a damp cloth.
  • Secured to seat with headrest straps and another at the bottom of the seats back.
  • Has anchor to help keep the dog secure.
  • The only colour is black.
  • Padding very thin.
  • No frame.

This is not only a seat cover, but with wood in the side panels, it is an effective booster seat also. The sides can be zippered up or let down to protect the lower area of the seat’s upholstery. The fabric is both water and scratch-resistant. The bottom is a mesh design to make is skid-proof so your pet can easily stay on the seat when the vehicle is moving.

  • Made for any size dog that sits in a seat. If in the front seat make sure you disable the airbag.
  • Inside sides are 17.7” wide and 17.7” long with the back being 22.8” high. The sides are 7” tall when zippered up.
  • The cover is a polypropylene cotton blend that is not removable, but easy to clean.
  • The only colour is black.
  • Has elastic belt to keep your dog secured.
  • No frame.
  • Padding very thin.

Choosing the right dog seat

Choosing the right seat or cover for your canine friend to join you on your excursions is simple. They are all made of a water restraint barrier so decide if you want it removable or stationary. Next match up the seat to the weight of your dog. For medium and larger dogs, the only real options are the seat covers. For smaller breeds, the style, colour and mounting need to be chosen to meet your dog’s needs. Putting their blanket in the seat will help them acclimate to the seat and they can make it their own.