Every time I see a dog hang their head out a car window I know they are living its best life at the moment, but is it legal?

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My dogs love hanging their heads out my car window, but we always make sure they are leased and my girls have a pretty good grip so that 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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In digging deeper to see if there were any laws in Missouri that have to do with dog car safety, I found that there are only three states that 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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