Last updated on January 2nd, 2019 at 02:23 pm
All I have to say is “Wanna go for a ride?” and my dog races to the door. A simple, “Go to the car,” and she runs to the back of my jeep and waits for me to open the back so she can jump in. Car rides are the ultimate adventure for some dogs, and because they love it so much, it’s up to us, their owners, to make sure they are safe and comfortable when they join us on our journeys around town.
It’s important to be safe and ensure that your furry passenger doesn’t become a distraction while driving. Depending on the size of your dog, you might opt for a dog seat belt, a crate/carrier, or a car barrier that can be placed between the front and back seats. Dogs should always be in the back seat for safety purposes so they are away from the airbags in the event one deploys in an accident.
Depending on the length of your trip and final destination, think about packing the following items:
- Water – Either bottled water or tap water stored in plastic jugs, and a spill-proof bowl.
- Pre-packaged food – Bring along your pet’s usual food, and pre-pack each meal in a sealed bag or container.
- Biscuits, treats, toys – A favorite toy or two relieves stress.
- Dog towels – Bring along some old towels in case your dog takes a swim or an unexpected mud bath.
- Medications – Don’t forget any pills, ointments, or anything else you give your pet at home.
- Plastic bags – For cleaning up after your pet.
- Cleaning supplies – in case there’s an upset stomach or “accident” on the road.
While on the road, consider these tips for your pet’s safety:
- Stop every couple of hours to let your pet take a break and have some water.
- Never let your pet ride with its head out the window – eye, ear, and head injuries could result.
- Don’t leave a pet in the car unattended without leaving windows a few inches open. Open the sunroof if you have one. And never, ever leave a pet in the car on unbearably hot or extremely cold days.
- Always put your pet on the leash before opening the door or tailgate to let them out.
Taking safety precautions and doing a little extra planning can help keep your dog safe and happy during car rides.