The high boot which they have to jump out of could be an issue for our furry friends


A new study has suggested that dogs jumping out of high SUVs could be at risk of injury.

According to researchers, there’s more stress placed on a dogs’ front legs when jumping out of a high SUV boot which could cause long-term harm to your furry friend.

A total of 15 dogs were used to as part of the research to find out what impact jumping out of different heights would have on their legs, with the pooches having to jump from platforms set to three different height levels.

The authors of the study discovered that “allowing dogs to repeatedly jump clear from vehicles with high boot compartments may be inadvisable.”

The high boot which they have to jump out of could be an issue for our furry friends

New study suggests dogs at risk of injury when jumping out of SUVs – © Crown Copyright 2014


The three platform levels were set at 0.55, 0.65 and 0.75 metres which all represent the most common height of a car boot.

The results of the study were published in Vet Record, which claims that the stresses put on a dogs front legs worsened progressively as the height of the platform increased.

The research found that there was around a 25% increase in peak ground force pressure between the lowest platform and the highest.

Following the research, Dr Alison Wills who was part of the team and a senior lecturer in animal science at Hartpury University, warned that “allowing dogs to jump from bigger cars with a higher boot sill may result in augmented levels of loading on anatomical structures,” also adding: “Dogs jumping from a vehicle may have undergone an extended period of rest meaning they lack the warm up that is essential for injury prevention.”

To protect our furry friends from injury the best thing we can do as both drivers and pet owners is to provide a ramp for them to walk up and down when they need to get in or out of an SUV with a higher boot.


For more information regarding our business/personal car leasing services and fantastic offers please click here, or call us NOW on 01904 55 75 44.

0 thoughts on “New study suggests dogs at risk of injury when jumping out of SUVs”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts


Does parking in the UK cost too much?

Looking at what combined council’s will make in profit this year it suggests so!   Does parking in the UK cost motorists too much? Looking at what combined council’s are set to make in profit Read more...


Did you know that having your pet loose in the car could invalidate your insurance policy…

and could cost you a £5,000 fine if caught?   Many motorists in the UK are driving around with their unsecured pet in the car, unaware that if caught, they could receive a hefty fine Read more...


Almost half of young drivers claim to have been in a car with someone not buckled up

Wearing a seatbelt is mandatory in the UK and has been since 31 January 1983   According to the road safety charity Brake, almost half of young drivers in the UK have been in a Read more...