An uncontained pet can quickly become a source of distraction when traveling, so be aware of the situations you might find yourself in if you choose to take Fido along with you. Your dog will also be safer if you choose a dog crate for his or her traveling arrangements, and you don’t have to worry about extra issues in the case of an accident. Here are some useful tips for traveling with your pet.
Never let your pooch ride shotgun
At first glance, you might think that it’s a great idea to have your dog in front with you. But, as a responsible dog parent, you should know that this is the opposite of a great idea. Your dog should be in the back seat. Remember that your dog does not have the advantage of wearing a safety belt.
In the case of a crash, your dog may end up being injured by the deployment of the airbag on his or her side. Instead of worrying about such things regularly, just let your furry friend travel in the back.
Opt for a crate or a travel box
Your dog will be safe from harm if you use a crate or a travel box. It may look like this type of containment does not allow your dog enough freedom, but the truth is that this is the surest way to ensure that your pooch does not get severely injured in the case of an accident.
A safety harness is another solution to consider. Such devices are specially made for dogs, and they are not the same as the harnesses used for human passengers.
Never let your windows down completely
Any dog parent knows how happy such a pet could be when sticking his or her head out the car window, just to feel the air in the face, but this little joyful experience can quickly turn into a painful one. Make sure to let the window down only a little bit, to allow the dog to stick the head out, but without the danger of flying through, if the driver hits the brakes too hard.
Offer your dog the proper means to relax
A long car trip can be a not-so-happy experience for your dog. Since you will not be able to focus on his or her needs, the dog will start getting bored or even a bit anxious. You can alleviate such problems, by offering your dog a few stress relief items to have around.
For instance, if there is a blanket he or she loves, bring that one along. The familiar smell will soothe the pet’s fears, and you will not have to deal with a whiny dog. Also, bring a few toys along to give him or her something to do.
Take breaks often
It is healthy for your dog, and also for you, to take breaks often. Every hour or so, pull over and stretch your legs for a bit while allowing your dog to do the same thing. You will both have a more enjoyable car trip this way.