Buying a car covers of some description is essential for dog owners. Some dogs are always in the car going for walks and visits and smelly damp dog if not good on your fabric seats. It is worth investing in a cover for even the occasional trip as some dogs are car sick. There is so many dog car covers on the market it is easy to buy the wrong one and waste your money and patience with the an unsuitable cover.
Things to consider when buying a cover
Do you want permanent covers or removable covers?
It depends how often you will need to use them. Car seat covers that are designed to look like car seat fabric usually require quite a bit of adjusting to look right and will need fixing in place. colorful chair covers These are ideal if you only need minimal protection for your car seats or you are covering up old or dirty car seats. These can be universal or more tailored to fit and can transform the look of the inside of your car. They are not really suitable for dogs being in the car a lot and will only provide minimal protection, you may need to use other protection on top of these. Most covers especially made for dogs are designed to be easily removable with simple headrest strips etc or can be kept in the car permanently and can be rolled up or zipped off when the car needs to be used for humans.
Do you need to use the car for passengers too?
Most car owners want to use their car for humans too. There are rear car covers which can be unzipped in half allowing passenger and dog to share the back seat. Most good covers also have access to seatbelts so that even if you don’t remove the cover the seatbelts can still be accessed. For front seats there are covers that can be discreetly rolled up into a cushion.
Is you dog liable to be muddy and/or wet?
If your dog is going for walks or has a tendency to be car sick it would be worth investing in something heavy duty rather than the nylon protective seat covers. The heavy duty covers also protect against dog claws which plain nylon covers may not. If you dog is large or can get very muddy or wet it would be worth getting a hammock rear cover. This is secured on the front headrests and sits hammock like over the back seats. This means that the back of the front seats and the floor are covered too as well as the whole of the rear seat. Most of these covers are waterproof protecting your seats further and help prevent them smelling like damp dog. Not a good smell in your car. Make sure they can be washed too so you can freshen them up in the machine or hand wash them without the covers falling apart.
Is your dog going on the front or rear seat?
You need to decide where in the car the dog is going to be sitting. Whether he should be in the car or confined to the boot in a cage or similar. If you do have the dog in the car you will need to use suitable car restraints for them. Most of these work with the cars seat belts so access to seat belts is an important consideration. Car seat covers made for dogs should have these but it is worth checking to make sure. If it is a front seat cover that you need then the air bags will need to be accommodated. Not all front seats have integral air bags but in a lot of new cars they are inbuilt within the seat. For them to function correctly the seat cover need to be air bag compatible. When buying rear seat covers you may need to out the seats down when the dog is not in the car for access to the boot. Some rear covers can be zipped apart for this purpose. Rear seats wither fold down 50:50 or 60:40 and if you need this function look for a spilt fold cover. When you need access they can be unzipped and the rear seats can be folded down without having to remove the covers.
When these points are considered it should give you an idea exactly what kind of covers you require.
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