What You Need to Know about Keeping Your Dog Safe in the Car
There’s no doubt that bringing along your furry friend to run errands is one of the best ways to keep each other company. Other times, a trip to the vet or groomer’s is required and you must absolutely bring them along for a ride.
There’s no telling when an accident might strike. In order to avoid a tragedy, it’s best to take the necessary measures to keep your pet as safe as possible while they ride in your vehicle. The following are a few tips to follow in order to avoid injury or even loss of a pet while in the car.
Build it up
Just as with other tricks and behavior training, teaching your dog to be comfortable in your car takes time. Start off with shorter drives and slowly build it up so that they get accustomed to sitting in the car. This will help them stay calm and ensure they do not distract you from driving. For longer drives, always remember to take breaks and let your dog run, drink water and take care of their necessities.
Use a crate
Crate training your dog has a number of long-term behavioral benefits. One of them is the ability to calmly sit and stay inside their crate when riding in your car. Using a crate from a reputable company with durable materials is a safe bet to riding with your pet in the car. There are also crash-tested crates on the market that ensure even higher safety measures for your pet. It’s all a matter of finding the right crate for your dog’s size and your budget.
Get a doggy seat belt
There are multiple options out on the market for dog seat belts. Whether it’s a harness seat belt or a plush carry box with a safety attachment, make sure your pet is properly secured in case of emergency braking.
Avoid trips on your lap or peeking outside the window
Two common scenarios, riding with your dog on your lap and letting them peek their head out of the window, are common causes for accidents and pet fatalities. Accidents caused by pets are violations of distracted driving in most states and anxious or excited pets might even jump out of the window. It’s best to set up pets for success by keeping them as safe as possible.
Don’t leave your pet unattended
You wouldn’t leave your child locked in your car on a hot summer day, and the same goes for your pets! Always make sure to bring them out of the car and with you when you run errands, if not, it is otherwise best to leave them at home. Also make sure that the air conditioning is on and that it is set to a comfortable temperature for both you and your furry friend depending on the season.