7 Dog Car Seats to Keep Fido Safe and Comfortable
One of the biggest joys that come with having a dog is going on joint adventures. When you hop in the car to head to the park or the lake, you’re sure to buckle up, and for safety’s sake, Fido should be doing the same.
Most normal car seats are not conducive to buckling your canine companion in, but luckily there are options out there that make the back seat safer. A bonus, a lot of these car seats make travel time more comfortable for your furry friends and make them more likely to be well-rested and calm when you reach your destination.
Readers will notice that most of the booster seats on our list include a security leashes that keeps harnessed dogs in place. We don’t recommend clipping these security leashes directly to your dog’s collar because it could be a strangling hazard. If you don’t have a harness, here are a few we recommend.
Best for Small Dogs
Recommended for dogs up to 30 pounds, the Kurgo Skybox keeps your doggo safe and sound during car rides. The bucket seat design easily installs in both the front and back seats and comes with an attachment for your dog’s harness to prevent escape.
It also acts as a booster seat, ensuring your pup can peek out the window whenever he pleases. The Skybox has metal supports for top-notch structural integrity and is collapsible so it takes up minimal space when not in use. It has a side pocket for stashing treats and leashes. Additionally, its liner is machine washable and super cozy!
Best for Dogs That Love to Snuggle
Don’t you just want to curl up in this cozy-looking car seat?
The Snoozer Lookout 2 has a synthetic lamb’s wool interior, creating a comfy booster seat for doggies. The seat has a slot for a seat belt, so it can literally be buckled in. It also has a tray hidden underneath the bucket for toys, treats, and accessories.
The Lookout 2 is made from molded foam, ensuring your pet is supported, and gives her a boost so she can see where you’re going. The manufacturer states that it may even help alleviate motion sickness, if that is something that bothers your dog.
Best for Medium Dogs
A lot of the bucket seats out there are meant for teeny tiny pups, but why should they have all the fun?! The Solvit Taglong Pet Booster Seat is available in three sizes, Large (holds dogs up to 18 pounds), Extra Large (up to 25 pounds), and Jumbo (up to 30 pounds).
It elevates doggos 9 inches above the existing car seat for a better view of the road and has a safety tether that clips onto spots harness to ensure she stays where she’s supposed to. The seat’s internal liner is easily removable and can be tossed in the washing machine in the case of dirt or accidents. Reviewers like that this seat is easy to install and makes doggies extra safe during car trips.
Best Car Seat/Carrier Combo
This seat is perfect for people who do a lot of traveling with their doggies and need to transport them safely from Point A to Point B without letting them out on a leash. The carrier/car seat is designed with mesh panels that allow airflow and keep pets cool and comfortable.
The carrier is made from a durable nylon and is softly padded for comfort, and it’s carry strap is adjustable, ensuring that the humans transporting the bag have a good grip. Inside the carrier is a tether that prevents your pet from escaping if you open the top of the bag. It’s also collapsible for easy storage when not in use. The Pettom Pet Car Seat Carrier is available in two sizes, small, for pets up to 15 pounds, and large, for pets up to 20 pounds.
Best Car Seat for Two Doggos
Available in two sizes, this low-maintenance booster seat comes with two adjustable security leashes, making it ideal for pet owners who regularly travel with more than one pupper.
It simply buckles into your front or back seat and is contoured to ensure a snug fit. The Bucket Booster’s interior has a 3-inch foam cushion that elevates dogs that want to get a good view. The lining is made from quilted, soft fleece and is removable and washable in case of accidents. Additionally, reviewers love this booster seat. It has more than 1,100 reviews and a 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Best Convertible Dog Car Seat
Ok, this carrier is kinda super cool. It can be folded into a bucket car seat that keeps your dog contained, but can also be laid flat as a protective layer between your dog and your car. It comes with a pet safety belt that hooks to your dog’s harness so he doesn’t wander all over the car.
This seat cover/car seat is made from a high quality quilted oxford material with PVC lamination, making it resistant against water, pet hair, and mud. It’s back is non-slip, so it doesn’t slide all over your car if you take a sharp turn. This convertible dog seat is recommended for pups under 30 pounds.
Best Car Seat That Isn’t Really a Car Seat
Ok, this isn’t really a car seat, but if you have a bigger dog that doesn’t fit in the one of the car seats we’ve previously mentioned, this is a good option.
The convertible BarksBar seat cover can be used as bench cover for your back seat, as well as a hammock if you don’t want your doggos on the floor. It’s made from durable waterproof polyester with built-in openings for seatbelts and seat anchors to prevent it from sliding around when you take a turn. Basically, this baby protects your back seat from dog-related dirt, spills, scratches and fur, and it’s machine washable in case it does take a beating. This seat cover comes in two sizes, one that fits standard sedans and one for larger trucks and SUVs. It also comes with pockets for storing treats, grooming supplies, and other doggie necessities.
A Harness for Doggies with Massive Domes
This is the harness for dogs whose massive domes might not fit in the EcoBark harness mentioned above.
The Rabbitgoo harness comes in four sizes and has adjustable slide straps for creating a custom fit. It has two metal leash attachment points, one on the back and one on the chest, and is designed to prevent pulling and choking. Additionally, the straps are reflective for safety.
A Harness for Most Pups
A good dog harness is comfortable and secure. The EcoBark harness is made of an ultra soft and highly durable eco-friendly material and has a no-choke design that is great for dogs who might be prone to pulling when you’re out for a walk.
This harness comes in seven different sizes, from XS to XXL. The only downside is that this harness does not have an adjustable neck hole, which means you need to measure your pet to ensure the harness will fit over their head before purchasing.
While the larger sizes of the two other harnesses on this list would probably fit most big dogs, sometimes owners of the big guys want gear specifically designed for their pups.
The Big Dog harness comes in three sizes and features an extra handle for easy control of a dog that may be a teensy bit stronger than you. The harness is padded and reflective so it is both comfortable and safe.