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Restraining dogs in cars

Is it a requirement?

jbeardsley
post 31.Jan.2016, 05:24 AM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 30.Jan.2016

Hi all,

Hopefully a quick one. Just wondering if anyone can shed any clarity on the regulations surrounding the restraint of dogs while travelling in cars within Sweden? I have recently moved to Sweden and my dog will be joining me in the coming months. Back in Australia the only requirement is that the dog doesn't interfere or have contact with the driver, there's no legislation stating that they have to be physically restrained or can only travel in the boot. My dog usually travels around on the passenger seat when driving, so I'm just wondering if that's also acceptable here.

Many thanks,
J.
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littleviking
post 31.Jan.2016, 08:29 AM
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Joined: 26.Feb.2014

it is illegal to leave your dog loose in the car. you either have him in the back of a car- trunk in a combi to which you must have visual access at all time or you put him in a cage or the are special stuff which can be attached in the back like a dog seat belt

a couple of link in swedish that you can translate

http://www.jordbruksverket.se/amnesomraden...dc80001498.html

http://www.jordbruksverket.se/amnesomraden...7c80005022.html

http://www.skk.se/om-skk/kampanjer/saker-i-bil/
http://www.skk.se/hundagande/tips-och-rad/...ransport-i-bil/

Most people buy a special seat belt if the dog is not too big, but if you have for example a great dane you might not be allowed to take it in the car with you since all dog require to have space according to the rules that you can see in the link.

In Sweden animals have quite a lot or rules usually more then in other country. Failing to follow the rules will get you fines and possible jail time.
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Hisingen
post 31.Jan.2016, 11:24 AM
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Joined: 5.Jul.2012

Added to the above, having a loose dog is about as safe as having an unbelted person in the event of an accident. It is for your safety as well as that of the animal. That is why the police have their own dogs in cages at the back. The bigger the dog, the bigger the risk. Speaks for itself, really.
Sweden was the home of the seat belt, so in truth it pays to 'belt up' - if you will pardon the expression.

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jbeardsley
post 31.Jan.2016, 11:39 AM
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Location: Dalarna
Joined: 30.Jan.2016

Thanks very much for those links littleviking, that's a massive help. I'll call into a pet store and purchase a dog seatbelt and harness so we can continue travelling around together safely smile.gif
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Hisingen
post 31.Jan.2016, 11:42 AM
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Welcome, and safe journeys for you and your dog!
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