Getting ready to go for a long drive with your furry friend? First, think about how best to keep him safe. No matter the distance, take adequate precautions when you are hitting the road with your dog.
Many dog owners like to let their dogs go wherever they like in the car. But is it safe for him? Letting him roam around in the front seat or back seat could pose risks both to the dog and the driver.
- Buckle up: This idea might not sound too good to your dog, but there are dog safety harnesses designed to be used with a seatbelt.
- Crate or kennel: Many dogs are now crate trained as puppies, which can help them feel comfortable in the crate. Before you hit the road, let your dog snuggle up inside the crate, to soothe his nerves and him off of yours.
- Gate the backseat: Dogs aren’t too fond of leaving their owner alone. When driving, it becomes pretty difficult to handle. Backseat barriers are available at many pet stores to keep your dog from crossing into the front of the car.
- Give your dog a break: Like for humans, a long journey can be tiring for dogs as well. Everyone needs to get out of the car to stretch their legs and get their bearings. Remember to offer food, water, and a place to do his business on a leash.
- Never leave your dog inside the car: During a summer day, the temperature inside the car can go well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. As hard as this can be on a human, dogs can’t sweat to cool off, making heat even more dangerous. Plan ahead to ensure you won’t have to leave your dog in the car.
Your dog will shower you with unconditional love, the least you can do is take care of him in the best possible way. If your travel plans would be really hard on your dog, the best option is a reputable dog boarding center near you. When you return you will find your furry friend safe and happy.