why use a dog car seat in the first place?
two words: distracted driving. according to the nhtsa, nearly 10% of fatal crashes and 18% of injury crashes involve a distracted driver. Pets are one of the top three driver distractions that cause accidents or near misses, according to a recent survey of drivers.
holding a pet still while applying the brakes or trying to keep your pet from getting in the front seat or on your lap while driving means one or both hands are not on the wheel and their eyes may not be on the highway. it only takes a couple of seconds to swerve into oncoming traffic, run off the road, or into a rear-end vehicle in front of you.
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Just like texting, being distracted by an excited pet can be a dangerous situation. dog car seats can help prevent accidents that could injure or kill both you and your pet.
Not only are they safer for you and your dog, but they offer a cozy place for nervous pets to rest and get small dogs up high enough to look out windows.
snoozer lookout 1 features:
snoozer gazebo i dimensions:
- length small length: 19″x17″x15″
- small product weight: 4.2 lbs.
- medium length: 19″x22″x17″
- average product weight: 5.4 pounds
the lookout i can be used in the front or back seats of a vehicle. Most people had no problem getting the small size to fit in their front seats, but for small cars, it will completely fill the seat. the medium will probably be too bulky for the front seat of a small vehicle, especially if it has bucket seats.
Safety Tip: If you want your dog to ride in the front seat, you should turn off the passenger airbag. pets, such as children under the age of 13, can be injured or killed by an air bag.
will the snoozer lookout fit my dog?
The small size is recommended for pets up to 18 pounds. the medium is for pets up to 25 pounds. however, customers have noted that they use both sizes for various weights. seems to depend more on your dog’s build than weight.
for short, small dogs 20 pounds or less, the small will probably suffice. for dogs over 20 pounds that are longer and taller, the medium will give them more room to stretch out.
for dogs who don’t like being in crates or other tight spaces, you may want to go for the larger size.
how safe is the snoozer lookout i?
The seat raises your dog 7 inches so he can see out the window. some customers noted that they preferred him not to sit as high as they felt the front was too low to secure their dogs.
Several customers have noticed that their previously dizzy dogs no longer became dizzy when riding in this seat. this could be because the seat allows small dogs to see out the window, or the seat prevents the dog from wobbling during the ride.
some reported, however, that the seat was not tight enough with the seat belt, so movement increased motion sickness.
Some people didn’t like that the leash could slide freely along the seat belt, so their dog was able to jump out of the seat. one solution another customer found for this was to use a headrest to tether their dog instead of the one built into the gazebo.
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Please note that this is not waterproof, so any spills can seep through both the cover and the foam.
safety tip: never use a collar just to restrain your dog in the seat. always use a strong dog harness. Otherwise, you risk strangulation and serious neck injuries to your dog if you have an accident.
- Pull on the seat belt and make sure it is locked in place.
- loop restraint strap to lap belt.
- attached the restraint leash to your pet’s harness.
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Overall, we found the snoozer lookout i to be a very comfortable seat for smaller dogs who benefit from being able to look out the window. It’s also a good option to try if you have a pet that gets dizzy a lot.
This pet seat may also be good for cats who enjoy riding and don’t mind wearing a harness. It can even make a good cat or dog bed if you find it doesn’t work in the car.
Those with small cars or bucket seats will likely find the medium size lookout too large, while those with longer or taller dogs under 20 pounds may find the small size too small.
As long as you can firmly secure the lookout with the seat belt and keep your pet strapped in and prevented from jumping out, this pet seat should be a very safe option.
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