Honda is introducing a pet friendly car in their 2010 line up.  

The Honda company press release stated that the  “The Honda Element lineup expands for the 2010 model year with an all-new “Dog Friendly™” pet accommodation system designed to improve safety, comfort and convenience for dogs and their owners alike”.


The new Dog Friendly Element takes that concept to a whole new level with specially designed features for dogs and their owner.

The Dog Friendly equipment is intended to accommodate the secure transportation of a dog in the cargo area within a nylon-webbed car kennel.

In daily operation the car kennel helps prevent a dog from interfering with the driver in traffic by keeping the pet properly restrained and out of reach of the driver. In the event of a frontal collision, the kennel is intended to help restrain the dog behind the rear seats, reducing the chance for the pet to be injured – or to injure human occupants during a crash.

 The Dog Friendly equipment enhances pet comfort by providing a soft floor surface for the dog’s legs and paws along with a dedicated fan and a spill resistant water source.

 Convenience is improved for owners with an integrated ramp, easy to clean surfaces and a full suite of matching Dog Friendly accoutrements.

 The major components of the dog friendly Element include:

  • a soft-sided cargo area car kennel made from seat belt-grade netting;
  • a cushioned pet bed in the cargo area with an elevated platform;
  • a 12V DC rear ventilation fan;
  • second-row seat covers with a dog pattern design (matches the bed fabric);
  • an extendable ramp (stores under the pet bed platform);
  • all-season rubber floor mats with a toy bone pattern;
  • a spill-resistant water bowl; and
  • Dog Friendly exterior emblems (driver’s side and rear).

Features of the Dog friendly Honda element can be found here

This would be the car of choice for a DogSmith Dog Trainers and Pet Care providers  as not only does the car provide all the amenities to provide comfort for the dog but also features some very important safety aspects. The DogSmith key mission is to always do not harm and we emphasize a ‘holistic’ approach to dog training and pet care by attending to the physical, emotional, and environmental well being of pets in our care. DogSmiths are busy collecting and delivering pet dogs from and to their homes having enjoyed a DogSmith Dog Romp, Canine Slumber Party or a DogSmith dog park romp so this car is a fantastic tool for doing just that.