“The best education I have ever received was to travel”. –Lisa Ling
We, humans, love to travel. We love to run, take a walk, go to hidden places for relaxation and travel across countries. We sure do love seeing different scenes. When we also want to go somewhere, one easy way is to go there by driving. Owning a car makes one ready to go anytime, anywhere. That is why driving is one of the most-picked skill that people are eager to learn.
In travelling, we often do it with companions. We travel with friends, family, relatives and our friendly pets, our dogs. Yes, dogs. Have you seen a dog’s head peeping out on a car’s window? I’m sure you’ve seen one. They’re so adorable, aren’t they? They look so cute as the wind brushes up their hair.
However, driving with dogs can also be hard and dangerous. Dogs definitely have high energy which makes it hard for them to stay still in a seat. A lot of dog owners would understand. So to help you, here are 5 easy tips for keeping your dog safe in a car from Daily Treat:
1. Buckle Up
Just like their pet parents, dogs should buckle up on the road! The safest way to transport your pups is to secure them with their very own seat belts. Not only does a seatbelt confine your furry friend, but it keeps them safe in the event of an accident—which could severely injure or kill an unrestrained dog.
2. Crates: A Home for the Road
If your dog is overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of a car ride, or you just want to build them a cozy mobile den, nothing beats a crate.
When crated in the car, your dog can snuggle up safely and ride in comfort. If your dog barks at other dogs or triggers out the window, you can cover the crate up with a blanket to encourage calm and quiet. Your dog will be happy in their familiar place and will adjust to new surroundings faster.
3. Barriers: Keeping Your Dog out of Your Lap
Dogs love riding shotgun. But if you’ve got an excited or anxious pup who wants to climb over onto you, a barrier will help. Depending on the type of car you have, your dog can be secured in the back of your car by a special fence, for example. There are several types of barriers that can be installed into the backs of SUVS, hatchbacks, and vans.
Make sure to order one that fits your car specifically. And when installing, check to ensure your dog can’t slip through a gap and visit you in the front seat.
4. Take Breaks
On a long road trip, your dog needs car snacks, water and potty breaks, just like you do. Make water readily available to your pup to avoid dehydration. Meals, treats, and chew toys are great distractions for a busy dog in the car, too, and a Classic KONG is all of those things at once.
Ensure that you’re stopping every couple of hours so your pet can use the bathroom.
5. Hot Dog
If you have to leave your dog in the car, be sure to first assess the temperature. What feels like a mild day outside won’t feel so mild inside the car. Surprisingly, the temperature inside the car on a 75 degree day can easily reach 100 degrees! Pets can die inside hot cars, even if the windows are cracked.
What’s more, in some places, leaving your dog in the car is illegal. When in doubt and whenever you can, always keep your pup with you!
“Dog love to go for rides. A dog will happily get into any vehicle going anywhere”. –Dave Barry
Are you excited to hit the road with your buddy? Driving with dogs is not always easy. However, the tips mentioned above will help you on having a smooth and joyful ride with your pal!
Spending time with your dog by travelling is unquestionably one of things on the bucket list. Nothing will beat looking at an amazing scenery with him. If you keep your dog safe during a ride, you can look forward on having an epic and fun travel and trip!