Most dogs are happy to jump into cars knowing that journey’s end will bring excitement, new terrain and the chance to explore.
Laws have been enacted to safeguard children when travelling in cars, however, no such provision is made for dogs, so here are a few suggestions that may just make your dog’s – and your – journey a little happier and safer.
- Secure your dog into the car with a safety harness, to ensure that he doesn’t become a missile: Sharp braking can project a dog forward, towards or through the windscreen. It will also stabilize him and help to prevent travel sickness.
- A travel cage/kennel is useful to help your dog feel comfortable during transit. An added benefit is that a dog is less likely to bark at other dogs, cyclists or passers-by.
- When going on a long journey, plan to stop regularly to ensure that your dog can be given water and the chance to make himself comfortable. Avoid feeding him before the journey – remember it can take several hours to digest food, more if he’s excited.
- Always allow plenty of ventilation during the journey and also when you stop. Never leave your dog in an unventilated car, even in cold weather – winter sun heats up cars just the same as solar panels.
- Keep the volume of your car radio or music to a modest level – remember your dog’s hearing is much more acute than yours.
- Plan ahead and the journey for you and your dog will be a good experience for you both.