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Keeping your dogs safe when they're in the car with you

Posted on: March 05, 2018

Keeping your dogs safe when they're in the car with you

Who doesn't enjoy taking their dog for a drive? The look on a dog's face as you cruise down the streets is just priceless. It's easy to forget that your dog – just like you – is another passenger when in the car.

What does this mean? Well, for starters your dog needs to wear a seat belt. Alternatively, they need to be placed securely inside a carrier crate. It may seem overprotective, but when it comes down to the safety of a beloved pet, why risk it?

Whether it's a quick drive down the road or you're about to embark on a long journey, it's essential to make the ride as comfortable for your dog as it is for yourself. Here are the do’s and don’ts when taking your dog out for a drive.

Do's

  • Use a well-ventilated carrier crate;
  • Condition your dog to enjoy car trips (don’t only drive your dog to the vets or other places they don’t like);
  • Build up their confidence by taking them on short trips and gradually increase the time spent driving;
  • Limit your dog’s food intake prior to travelling (a full tummy and motor sickness is a bad combination);
  • Stop regularly (once every two hours) for toileting and drink breaks;
  • If you decide to place your dog in a carrier crate, choose one that is well suited to their size and lets them lie down and turn around comfortably;
  • If you can, place a passenger in the back seat to keep your dog company;
  • If your dog is not in a carrier crate, cover the seats to prevent stains.

Dont's

  • Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle…. EVER;
  • If a dog is not tied down, leave the window closed. A dog sticking its head out of a car can distract other drivers, objects may hit your dog’s face, or worse … your dog may jump out.
  • Keep the noise and music to a sensible level (avoid making your dog anxious).

Looking after your dog is it's own reward. That being said, we don't want them ruining the car. Here is a list of items to take with you when travelling with your dog:

  • Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle…. EVER;
  • If a dog is tied down, leave the window closed. A dog sticking its head out of a car can distract other drivers, objects may hit your dog’s face, or worse … your dog may jump out.
  • Keep the noise and music to a sensible level (avoid making your dog anxious).

Owning a car offers freedom through transport for not only yourself but for your dog as well. Where are you taking your dog on your next road trip?

The beach? The local park? A farm?

Safe travels!



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