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What have you guys figured out as to having the back seat safe for dogs? After we purchased our 2019 Kia Optima, we didn't even leave the lot before I pushed on the brakes a little to hard "not being used to them", and our four legged son fell between the back seat and the backs of the front seat. He was wedged in tight. I stopped and lifted him back up on the seat. The wife had to sit in the back seat with him, so he would not fall again. Since then, because we take him almost everywhere we go, we drive our Jeep Wrangler 90 percent of the time, because it is dog friendly, due to back seat folding flat. About 8 percent of the time we take our Ford F250 pickup, because he can lay flat in the back seat. Therefore, we are driving our Kia 2 percent of the time, while he stays home. This does not make him a happy camper when he has to stay home. He is 12 years old, and each day that he is with us is precious.
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Sorry to say that's why they have laws that dogs must be restrained, at least in some state.
We have a GoodenDoodle and use a harness around the chest, don't really like to use a neck collar, even on this "larger" dog, and attached to a seat belt pet holder the dog can still move about but restrained from extreme forward motion.
 

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Animals have no business being inside a vehicle, especially a passenger car... If you have a pickup, or suv with plenty of space, sure. But a passenger car is no place for a dog.
 

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Under maneuvers, an unsecured animal is at great risk. It's an unsecured load, and worse, a living unsecured load. For safety's sake, unless transportation is for necessary reasons (Initial move, veterinary visit, etc.), don't take your animals with you everywhere you go.
 

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I decided that some of your responses are because of your ages, so I will suffice to say, when you age a little your opinions will change.
 

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My dog hates car rides, she just hides on the floor anyway. Which, with leather seats, I'm okay with. I have weathertech floor liners and just put a sheet down for her when I take her anywhere.
 

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Hi, New Member here. Just acquired a 2016 SX 2.0L turbo 2 weeks ago. We have a 35 lb dog that occasionally rides in whatever vehicle we have...so just bought this type of seat cover for the back seat of the Optima from Amazon - they had many types available. The dog hasn't been in the car yet, but when she is the seat cover will be in place. Definitely would rather have the cover take the stress out of having her in the back seat. The cover even came with a small 'leash' that can secure the dog to one of the seat belts. Nice option to have, especially if the dog is small enough to fly into the back of the front seats or even into the front area if the car happens to stop suddenly.
I've used these for my pets, and they work great. (safety concerns aside) View attachment 247681
 
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