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It is inevitable that dog owners will, at some point, take their furry friend for a ride in the car, whether it is to the vet, on vacation, or somewhere else. Recently, the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Kurgo, a leading manufacturer of pet travel products, surveyed dog owners about their driving habits while their dog is in the car. The results? Drivers love having their dogs in the car, but in doing so, they often engage in risky behaviors.

In the past year, 56 percent of dog owners have driven with their pooch in the car at least once a month. Many admitted that while driving, they pet their dog (52 percent), hold their dog or allow it to sit in their lap (17 percent), give their dog food or treats (13 percent), and even take pictures of their dog (3 percent).

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