Riding in the car is a challenge for a dog. Getting used to the unpredictable movement as well as the constant starting and stopping is difficult, especially when you're standing on four legs. Car-DEK has created the PetDek to provide a level surface for your dog in the backseat of your vehicle.
Don't be upset if your dog doesn't enjoy riding in the car. Even though most dogs enjoy a vehicular adventure, some get anxiety while riding. With a little patience and some training, you may be able to soothe your dog's anxiety.
There are many products available on the market to help dogs feel comfortable in the car. From car seats to dog beds made specifically for vehicles, you have a variety of options. But, the PetDek Car Seat is unlike any other piece of canine travel supplies I have ever seen.
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The PetDek is definitely a unique product. It's a platform that extends across the length of your vehicle's backseat. There are two extending legs that adjust to reach the floor of the car, which you can see in my video review above. The legs lock into place once you get them adjusted.
The PetDek can be installed in just a few seconds. You just have to lay it across the seat, adjust the legs and lock them into place.
You can see the removable carpet covering in my photos. It has a no-slip rubber backing, and it's machine washable. The carpet is also just a few inches longer than the PetDek, so you can wrap it around and tuck it underneath the sides of the base to secure it.
The platform doesn't block any of the vents in my car, and it doesn't technically block any of the seat belt buckles either. However, it does make it more difficult to access the buckles. In the photo on the right, you can see just how little space is left between the PetDek and the back rest of the seat.
The PetDek platform is is made of plastic, so you can easily spray it off with the hose or wipe it down with a wet cloth if it gets dirty. The company claims that it fits virtually any 4-door vehicle, but there may be some minor gaps depending on your vehicle's model.
It fits our 2016 Nissan Pathfinder perfectly. The backseat of our vehicle is adjustable. If I slide the backseat all the way forward, I can slide the passenger seat back to lock the PetDek in place.
If the platform doesn't fit securely in your backseat, the company recommends using rolled up blankets or pillows to fill the gaps. I think that would be a bit inconvenient, especially if you had to take the platform in and out of your vehicle regularly.
When it's set up, the platform measures 23″W x 48″L x 2″H. It provides 8 square feet of level space and can support up to 200 pounds. Even better, the entire thing folds in half for easy storage in the trunk and only weighs 12 pounds!
If you travel with your dog all the time, the PetDek may be worth the cost for you. It currently sells for $134.95 on Amazon. If you only travel with your pet once a month or less, you may not find this backseat platform to be a good value for the price tag.
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