Car Travel with Dogs: 6 Tips for Safety & Security
Are you taking your dog on a road trip or driving down with it to the local grocery shop? It’s important to make sure that your canine buddy is securely fastened in its seat before you pull out of the driveway. Unfortunately, most dog owners don’t take such safety measures because they think dogs can take care of themselves.
The truth is that having your dog in your car is similar to traveling with your kids. You must always check that your pet is safely secured in its seat for its and your safety as well. Here’s our tips on how to travel safely and comfortably with your dog.
Make sure to pick a vehicle that’ll keep both you and your pet comfortable and safe during your journey. While it’s easy to travel with small sized dogs and cats, large breed dogs need a little more space.
Small vehicles like convertibles and smart cars are out of the question because you need a spacious back seat or cabin to accommodate your pet comfortably without the possibility of being affected by an airbag.
If you’re going to travel for long distances with your dog, it’s essential to take frequent pitstops along the journey. This lets your pup relieve itself and stretch its legs.
Taking regular stops along the way will also give you a break you need to freshen up and stay awake. Make sure to leave the house early so that you’re comfortable with taking frequent stops along the way to accommodate your pet.
Regular car seats are designed for humans and can be uncomfortable for pets, especially when traveling a long distance. That’s why pet owners are advised to invest in a dedicated dog car seat. This will make it easier for you to secure your dog and keep it comfortable.
Generally, most pet owners are unaware that there are specific pet travel regulations that you need to observe depending on your state or region. That’s why it’s important to do your research on the area that you’ll be traveling to, so that you wouldn’t unknowingly break the law while there. Keep in mind that you must adhere to beach and park access laws as well as leash laws of the region that you’re traveling to.
As you plan for your journey take your dog for a test drive to see what it’s going to be like when you go on the trip. Take your dog on a drive around the block and watch their reaction.
If you see that your pet is jittery and uncomfortable every time you drive them around in the car, a change of plans might be in order. Perhaps you can arrange for a pet sitter or a trusted friend to look after it while you’re away.
Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and water to keep your dog hydrated and satiated during your trip. If you don’t bring enough snacks, you could find yourself dealing with an irritable and prickly pet. Plus, bringing your food will help you avoid potential allergies and other reactions that your dog may have to new and unusual food.
A word of caution, though.
NEVER allow your pet to eat or drink while you’re driving. You should always stop the car first and get comfortable. Then, eat and drink as you would at home so that the food digests properly, and this will help you avoid the possibility of motion sickness as well.