Skoda reveals doggy seat belt

Skoda has developed a range of accessories designed to keep dogs safe and secure on the move.

The range, developed using Skoda's 'Simply Clever' philosophy, combines the latest in canine-cosy materials with high-tech structures to protect even the most boisterous of hounds. Available through Skoda retailers, the Dog Safety Belt offers the simplest solution for a hound that likes to go walkies on the move. With a simple clunk-click of this specially-developed belt (which also clicks into a lead for seamless car-to-walk manoeuvres) even the most unruly of mutts will be restrained for when the roads get twisty. The doggy seat belt comes in four sizes - from S to XL - meaning that everything from a Chihuahua to a Great Dane benefit. Prices start from £50 for the small version, with medium, large and XL costing £65, £75 and £85 respectively.

As millions of owners will testify, dogs are experts in embedding hair and mud in a car interior. Which is why Skoda has developed a Backseat Protector designed to minimise the impact of malting, muddy hounds. The Skoda Backseat Protector (£30) does exactly what the name suggests. By attaching to the front and rear headrests, the protector forms a cosy hammock area. The material is water-resistant and has a non-slip surface to further increase safety on the move.

For those who like to treat their dogs to their own private grounds at the back of their estate, the Skoda dog guard is available for Fabia, Octavia and Superb estate models, with the grille 'light and easy to install' says Skoda, and allows the driver a clear view of the road behind. Prices start at £105.50.

Other accessories designed to keep owners and hounds happy include a range of tailor-fitted protective mats and inserts. The rubber boot mat is moulded exactly to the shape of the boot-floor and fits snugly, while the accessories range also includes a robust Plastic Protective Liner for the boot.