Here at 4LegsFriend, we believe dogs are family so we know it’s only natural to want to include them on your next travel adventure. Whether you’re driving 500 or 5 miles away, we have some dog safety tips to keep you, your family, and your pooch safe and happy in the car.
1. Check your list
It’s also a good idea to identify the nearest veterinarian in the event that your pup
becomes sick during your travels. Take your dog for a walk before you depart so they can burn off some energy and rest during the ride. Also, avoid feeding them a big meal to decrease their chance of getting car sick.
2. Secure your animal
Letting your four-legged buddy roam freely throughout the vehicle can be incredibly hazardous and in the event of a crash, could result in serious injury or even death. Like humans should wear a seat-belt, your dog should be secured in a crash-tested car seat, harness, or crate. Also, never let your dog sit on your lap while you drive. Not only is this against the law in some states, but it’ll also interfere with your ability to focus on the road and could cause a crash while your dog could be crushed by a deployed airbag or steering wheel.
3. Take breaks
People nor dogs are meant to travel in the car for several hours at a time without a break. If you’re driving long distance, aim to stop for a break at least every 2-3 hours. This will give both you and your buddy a chance to stretch your legs and get some air. This is a great time to give your dog some water using one of these collapsible bowls, a short walk, or give them their dog rope toy. Also, make sure to never leave your dog unattended in the car, especially on a hot day.
4. Lock the doors and power windows
Especially if your dog isn’t secured by a crate or harness, then ensure that you have locked the doors and power windows so your canine friend can’t accidentally push any buttons with their paw or nose. We all know dogs love to stick their heads out the window but just be cautious as over-excited dogs can jump out of moving vehicles or close the window on their neck.
Putting these practices into place before your next trip in the car will bring peace of mind while keeping everyone in the vehicle and those around you safe. Having fun with our dogs while keeping them safe and healthy is what we know best at 4LegsFriend!