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Steps to Preparing for a Road Trip With Your Dog

Windows down, head out the window and a tongue blowing in the wind. Dogs love a good care ride. They love the feeling of freedom and most importantly being with you. Though we love to have our dogs feel carefree and happy, we also have to think about their safety. How can you keep your dog safe on your next road trip?

Car Belts

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No one plans for an accident, but we can be prepared in case of one. One of the biggest means of protection in a car is the seat belt. Often, a seat belt can make a great difference between a big injury and a minor one. Although you might not be familiar with it, a car seat belt for dog is a real thing. With the help of it, your dog can be secure and in place for the whole ride.

When picking a car seat belt for your dog, you must think of his size and weight. You can find an adjustable dog car restraint that simply attaches one end to your dog’s harness and attach to the anchors that are the same for child car seats.

There is also a type of a car seat belt for dog called zero shock retraining which is designed to absorb any sudden movements. To install it, you attach one end to your dog’s harness and ‘click’ the buckle into the seat belt socket in your car. This still allows your precious pup to have some restraint while also allowing them freedom.

Another unique dog seat belt type is a driving harness. This travel accessory makes use of the regular seat belt in a car. To use it, you have to get the seat belt through both webbing handles on the top of the harness, click the buckle into the seatbelt of your car and you’re ready. They can come custom fit and include padding with durable materials.

What’s the Safest Place in the Car for Dogs?

The best place for a dog to ride is in the rear of a car. Dogs love car rides and feeling like they are going places. The most dangerous thing when driving are distractions, such as using a phone or even eating. Dogs are not aware of the dangers that can cause running around in a car. While your dog is riding in the back in his car seat belt, he’s safe. In the backseat, should an accident occur, his harness or belt will keep him in place.

How Long Can a Dog Be Safe Alone in a Car?

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Have you ever seen a dog panting at a car window trying to escape? It truly is a disturbing sight. If it’s summer time, we fear it’s too hot. If it’s winter, we fear it’s too cold. If the car is left running with the windows up, we fear how will he get oxygen. Dogs are living and breathing. Though most of the time we don’t want to leave them in the car, however, some establishments don’t allow dogs. That’s why we have to plan accordingly.

No one can really tell you how long can you leave your dog unattended. Temperatures inside a car are doubled from those outside. Heatstroke and dehydration are very quick dangers for dogs in cars. The RSPCA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) says it takes just 6 minutes for a critical situation to arise for your dog. So in all, avoid as much as you can leaving your dog in the car.

How to Prepare Your Dog For a Long Car Ride?

Your dog is probably wagging his tail the moment he hears your key jingle. Yet, he can’t pack himself. Along with picking a great seat belt for your dog, you need some other things. A collapsible bowl is ideal for quick drinks and laying out his meal. Be sure to bring his favourite treats. Also, dogs sleep a lot. Be sure to pack your dog a fluffy bed for him to rest comfortably.

Other Ways to Travel

If you are moving near or far you may not be able to travel with your furry friend at your side. But, still, you want to make sure they are safe and arrive to you. There is a carrier service to transport your precious pets. When you are researching these companies, be sure to check their ratings so you can see what kind of feedback they have received from customers.

Be sure to make a list of what you want your dog to have. Some of these can be: Do they have a place for him to sleep? How often do they let them potty? How many other animals will be there? Your dog can’t speak for himself and you have to be his voice.

Safe Travels

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The fact that you read this article shows how important your dog is to you. Most of us view our dogs as family, whether you have one or four, keeping them safe and alive is a priority. By making use of the tips, your pet will be safe and arrive at the final destination happy.