Having a dog hang its head (or sometimes body) out a car window might be fun, but can you legally do this in Missouri?

My dogs love hanging their heads out my car window, but we always ensure they are leased and my girls have a pretty good grip so they don't fall or jump out. In Missouri, there is no particular law that says this is illegal. Florida is working on a ban to have this law put in place. It's a safety issue not only for the dogs but for the dog owner and drivers of other vehicles.

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Do You Have To Buckle up your dog in your Car?

In digging deeper to see if any laws in Missouri have to do with dog car safety, I found that only three states have laws where you have to buckle up your dog. Those states are Rhode Island, Hawaii, and New Jersey.

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We will have to see if the proposed Florida bill passes and watch if other states follow to protect dogs from flying objects and jumping out of cars. I would say as long as you have a handle on a leash or harness where the dog can't jump out let a dog be a dog and have fun.

I have seen dogs where half of their body is out of the car window and that's a bit scary, but if a dog is well trained and you feel comfortable letting them hang their head out the window I say go for it.

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