French Bulldog Car Riding Guide: Sickness, Harnesses, And The Law

As a dog owner, you will form time to time want to take your French Bulldog to a faraway place using your car. You hence have to know just about everything concerning the attainment of this feat. In this article, we are going to peek into these three major points.

We shall examine and look into the issues of sicknesses, harnesses, and the law. What does the law say about the transportation of these dogs in the car? What about the harnesses? Are they mandatory or do they have some lurking side effects? Spare some of your time to know more about them here below.

A. Sickness

Even though you have the leeway to transport your dog using a car, you are highly advised to tone down on this. The reason here is that these dogs tend to get car sick when carried using cars. This sickness is largely brought about by the anxiety that arises whenever the car sets out in motion.

You hence have to adopt a slow and steady approach when acquainting your dog with the car. Take the first few steps and slowly make the dog travel longer for a more intense duration of time. That will water down the fears that the dogs sustain while at the same time make it easily familiar with the car.

As you do all these, try and observe the observations of the dog. Be sure to note any anomalies that may require urgent attention or proper handling. Do not hesitate to remedy these issues if and when they arise. With time, of course, the anxiety will water down and your dog will in fact love the motions.

On the whole, the younger French Bulldogs will tend to suffer from this anxiety than their elderly counterparts. That is because their balance and auditory faculties are largely underdeveloped. Be slower, more compassionate, and tenderer to prevent the issues from spilling over excessively.

B. Harnesses

A typical route is ordinarily prone to bumpy rides and some discomforts that come along. To water down the impacts of these discomforts, you have to harness your dog. A harness to a dog is what a seat belt is to you. It basically fastens the dog to prevent it from shaking or fidgeting excessively while in transit.

Particularly, it prevents your dog from having to hit its body on the glass windows or the metallic parts of your body whenever the car stops suddenly. That is because it holds your dog firmly and securely on the seat or any other interior structure of the car.

Most harnesses are simpler to make use of. All you have to do is pull the same over the heads of the dogs. Then, you will fasten the same on the seats or other metallic support structures that be in the car. Take care that you tighten the straps to prevent the same from loosening when the car is in progress.

While seeking the right kind of a harness for your dog, do factor its physical size, weight, and overall body configuration. Be sure to settle on that harness which is compatible with all the above metrics of your dog. It is only that way that you will guarantee proper functioning and strapping.

C. Law

Each jurisdiction has its own laws and regulations that govern the transportation of the dogs from one place to another one. It is important that you familiarize yourself with them before you set out for a travel with your dog. That is to avoid ruffling feathers with the relevant authorities while on the go.

In many cases, these laws touch on the following areas:

Circumstances of Travels

Many states in the United States limit the circumstances under which you may have to travel with your French Bulldog in your car. Many limit it purely to recreational matters, not for long-distance or moving travels. Some however are liberal in this regard and will largely leave it to your discretion to determine when to do so.


In many states of the US, you are only allowed to travel with your dog in the car when in a park or any other designated recreational amenity. These include the waterfronts, gardens, or your neighborhoods. In some states, however, you may even have the leeway to walk the dog in a busy street in the downtown areas.


As part of enforcing the laid down laws and to also prevent the breaking of the laws, many jurisdictions will impose some fines. The exact amount of the fines vary considerably. That also goes to the accepted modes of payments. They may range from hundreds of dollars to even thousands of dollars.


Even the times when these dogs may be transported via the cars are subjected to scrutiny and regulation by the various law enforcement agencies. There is no universal metric or guideline that governs these times. You have to take time to seek the opinion and clarification of your city or municipality as a way forward.


Not everyone may handle and transport these dogs. In many places, there are limits as to who exactly can handle the dogs and transport them from one place to another one. Generally, small children are prohibited from ever doing so. Some states go beyond that to even demand the issuance of permits to those who may handle these dogs.

Just to reiterate an earlier point, there are no universal set of laws that govern the handling of these dogs. The metrics we have delineated and explained above are hence only to be used as mere guidelines. Use them as the basis of your further research and particularly to fill the blank spaces.

As a possible way of getting around this, we suggest that you pay a visit to your city’s animal department and seek their input and clarification of the parameters we have discussed above. Then, make appropriate arrangements to alter your operational regimes to line up with those guidelines.

Additionally, you should also take care when attempting to cross borders from one state or city boundary to another one. That is due to the ever-changing rules that govern the handling of these dogs. What may be permissible in one jurisdiction may completely be impermissible in another.


Alright, we now round up our examination of the safety, harness, and legal regimes that govern the transportation of the French Bulldogs. Having done our part, we now leave you to take over from where we have left. That obviously cannot mean anything else save for you implementing the insights we have freely relished.

Start by accessing the website of the city or the municipality where you are or plan to move into. Then, find out what their laws say about the issues we have highlighted above. Round it up by putting in place the necessary strategies to have you conform to those requirements.

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