Traveling with your dog? Keep your four-legged friend safe!
If you’re getting ready to hit the road with your dog, there are some things you should be considerate of. It’s not always easy to keep dogs safe in the car, even though they make great company for cruising. Whether you’re just going on a short drive or are taking a longer road trip, don’t get these basic safety precautions when taking your dog with you.
Know the Law
In numerous states, it’s illegal for a dog to ride in your lap or loose in the flatbed of a truck. In many states, it’s required that any dog in the car be restrained with a seatbelt hardness or in a cage. Be sure you know your local law before heading out on the road.
The safest way to transport your pups is to secure them with their own seatbelts. Not only does it contain your excited four-legged friend, but it keeps them safe in the event of an accident – which could severely injure or kill an unrestrained dog.
Teach and Train
As soon as you get your dog, take him or her on short and regular car rides to fun places (a.k.a. not the vet!). Keeping him or her familiar with the car as a pleasant experience will help when on longer journeys.
Once you’re in the car, stop every couple of hours to give your dog water and exercise. Ensure that you have the car stocked with their food, water, bowls, treats, chew toys, towels, and any unnecessary medications, too.