Whether you only take Fido for a ride to necessary veterinary appointments or you bring him with you everywhere you go, he should be restrained in the back seat for your safety and his. Dogs can be very distracting to drivers, and they could also become a dangerous projectile in the event of an accident. Car seats, like the Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat, keep your pooch safe and comfortable.
You can also use doggy seat belts or travel crates to keep your dog safe while traveling, but car seats can offer some unique benefits that these products don't. Many dog car seats lift your pet up so that he can see out the window. Being able to see his surroundings will keep your pet entertained and may help curb car sickness.
A canine car seat also gives your dog his own little space in the vehicle. The right seat will allow him to stand up, sit or lie down in comfort. Think of it as a really safe travel bed. Plus, most seats come with a safety strap that prevents your dog from climbing out.
The Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat is made specifically for small and extra-small breeds. If you have a small dog, this could be a very affordable option. Is it right for your pet? Does it offer a good value for the price? Let's take a look at the details.
If you're looking for a car seat for a larger dog or one that offers a different style, check out some of the other reviews I've done on similar products:
- Devoted Doggy Dog Booster Seat Review
- Fido Rido Dog Car Seat Review
- Snoozer Luxury Lookout Dog Car Seat Review
Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat Review
This seat is really easy to install. As you can see in my video review, there are two simple, adjustable straps that secure it to your car's seat. One strap wraps around the back of the seat and one goes around the headrest.
You can use the Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat in the front or back seat as long as the seat has a headrest. If you don't have bucket seats in the back of your car, you can just use the strap that goes around the headrest. The drawback to this is that the seat may slide from side to side if you take a sharp corner.
As I mentioned, the biggest drawback to this seat is that it is only available in one size and holds dogs weighing up to 12 pounds.
The basket dimensions are 13″W X 11.5″D X 8″H. As you can see in the photo above, our little Molly is way too big to sit comfortably in this seat.
Also, the sides are made of mesh, which is great for breathability, but the mesh could get torn easily by sharp dog nails. If your dog is a nester, he may accidentally tear the mesh when he's trying to get comfortable.
The Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat has a small storage pocket on the front. It can't hold much, but you could store a leash, collar, small toys or a bag of treats in there. It also comes with a safety leash, which you can see in my video review. This leash attaches to your dog's harness and prevents him from climbing out of the seat while your car is moving.
The leash is also beneficial to keep your dog from jumping out quickly as soon as you open the door of the car. This could be especially dangerous if you're in a crowded parking lot. If your dog is restrained in his car seat, you won't have to worry about him jumping out and getting lost or getting run over by a passing car.
Excuse the messy car seats in the photo above. In this picture, you can see that the Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat can be adjusted to boost your pet up so he can see out the window. It does not have to rest flat on the seat like many other doggy car seat models.
Molly prefers a booster-style car seat, because she enjoys looking out the window. I like how easy it is to adjust the straps of this seat. There is a simple plastic buckle that you can slide one way or the other to adjust the seat up and down.
The only thing I don't like about the headrest strap is that it doesn't have a clasping buckle, so you have to loosen the strap to slide it up and over the headrest when you're installing the seat. When you want to take the seat out of your car, you have to loosen the strap again to remove the seat. You can see what I'm talking about in my video review.
It's not a deal breaker, but it is annoying to have to readjust the straps each time to you take the Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat out of the vehicle. While it doesn't offer the convenience and added features found in some other canine car seats, this model is affordable for pet owners on any budget.
At the time of this review, you can purchase the Travel Hound Dog Booster Seat on Amazon for about $27. The cheaper price is expected, do to the small size and limited features.