Have you ever heard that there are “two types of people” in this world? Well there are too many different types of dogs to count, and I can characterize a few just by their relationship with cars. Let’s see. We have the dogs who leave the backseat covered in hair, dogs who track dirty paw prints, heavy slobber-ers, window jumpers, front seat jumpers, can’t-sit-still-ers, and my favorite, the lie down and take a nap-ers. Many have the potential to leave your car a little worse for wear, so I’ve rounded up 6 of the best car seat covers to minimize the mess and help keep your dog safe on the road.
Note: Even with barricades to prevent dogs from jumping out windows or leaping into the front seat, you should ALWAYS tether them to your car’s seat belt system with a secure harness. This Kurgo crash-tested harness & tether are arguably the best in the game. Safety first, always.
Now back to our scheduled programming.
First up we have a non-slip hammock by BarksBar, which—like many—is the universal remote of car seat covers. It’s designed to fit all cars, SUVs, and trucks, and is made with a waterproof material that won’t absorb any bodily fluids from your Droolasaurus Rex. I am Well. Versed. in car hammock installation, and it’s really shamefully simple. Each side buckles around your headrests, and anchors stitched beneath the cover get shoved between the seat and backrest to prevent slippage.
In the past, I’ve been content to remove my hammock, vacuum it off with a dust buster, and pop it back inside. With this cover you can forget the hassle and throw it in your washing machine on the gentle cycle. The front flap that buckles to the front seat headrests can also be draped onto the floor should any two-legged guests need a lift, though who wants people in their car when they have dogs as passengers, amirite?
You could get your car cleaned a few times a year and this hammock would still be less expensive. For less than $20 the Go Buddy car seat cover repels water, dirt, and drool, and keeps hair off your seats and floors. You can thread your seat belt buckles through conveniently-placed openings, secure the anchors to the seat itself, adjust the straps to fit snuggly around your headrests, and you’re good to go.
Easily wipe up spills, wipe off stains, or take the easy route and throw the whole thing in the wash (just be sure to let it air dry). Isn’t it such a good feeling to get nice and dirty at the dog park knowing you won’t have to clean your car after? It is. It’s a good feeling.
(Sidenote: I have absolutely no idea why the dog in the above photo is wearing glasses.) It’s always a good idea to keep your pup IN the car, and preferably in the back seat only. This hammock resembles the one I currently have in my car, and I love it because of the ~side flaps~ that zip up AND hook to the safety handle above the doors. That way there’s no way my dogs are scratching up my doors in an effort to hang out the window.
The mesh “viewing window” is also a great feature so that my velcro dog can see me at all times. Luckily, she’s more of a lie-down and take a nap type, but my car is still protected on all four sides (the front seats, back seats, and both back doors) and I feel safer knowing she’s staying put.
I think it’s time for a bit of color change, don’t you? This cover comes in black, gray, or tan to best suit your car’s interior, and it maintains all the good stuff we expect from a quality car seat hammock. The pretty quilted material is sturdy, waterproof, and lined on the underside with a non-slip backing. Velcro closures around the seat belt buckle openings make sure no dirt can sneak underneath, it’s easy to install and is machine washable (!), and there’s a 30-day money back guarantee. You’re welcome.
If you have been blessed with a dog who keeps his butt in the seat where it belongs, perhaps you aren’t in need of a “hammock” version of a car seat cover. This model has a removable front flap that normally attaches to your front headrests, transforming it into a basic seat cover. I much prefer to have the hammock feature so as to prevent a loose dog from toppling to the floor, but hey, you’re using a seat belt tether, right? The front portion also includes a couple of roomy pockets to hold toys, bowls, treats, or anything else you bring on the road with you.
Blankets may slip and slide, but if you’re concerned for your dog’s comfort then this is the best option for you. This cover includes a soft fleece mat that stays put and adds a bit of luxury to your pup’s road trip experience. Also, COLORS. Dog Gone Dog has outdone themselves with beige, black, brown, and gray options. It fits most vehicles, is machine washable, and has a lifetime guarantee.