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When you open your heart and home to a dog, everything in your life changes. You may find yourself deeply attached to your dog after just a short time. That could mean that you find yourself wondering if you can bring your dog along when you’re traveling for fun or business.
Far too many people let dogs roam free inside moving vehicles. That can be a source of danger for the dog and everyone else in the car. Thankfully, with a little planning (and a good dog crate), you and your companion animal can arrive safely and happily at your destination after a road trip.
Safety For Everyone Involved Is First Priority
It can be exhilarating to watch a dog frolic around the interior of ride. They make such humorous faces when they stick their snouts out of your vehicle and try to bite the air as you drive. Having your dog close by can make a long trip seem more palatable.
However, letting your dog roam loose in the vehicle is dangerous for you and your pet. If you have to stop suddenly, your dog could be thrown into a seat, the dashboard, or a window. If something hits your vehicle, the air bag intended to save a human life could be fatal for your dog. It is also possible for your dog to jump on your lap, disrupt your grip on the wheel, or even push the pedals that move the vehicle.
It is easy to see how any of those situations could be catastrophic for you and your dog. While it may be nice to be able to stroke your dog in the car, you will both be safer if you commit to keeping your dog restrained, just like you have to have restraints on in the vehicle.
Crates Help Ensure Everyone Arrives Safely
A secure dog crate is a great way to travel with your dog. It helps ensure that your dog doesn’t end up under foot and keeps your pet away from dangerous elements in the vehicle. The crate should be big enough for your dog to stand up comfortably and turn around. After all, your dog will need to frequently a just his or her position for comfort.
Make Sure Your Dog Is Comfortable, Too
Just because you’re traveling with your dog in a crate doesn’t mean your dog needs to be miserable. You can offer blankets, a pillow, or even some of Fido’s favorite toys. For safety sake, do not include any edible toys, such as Rawhide or bones. Eating while driving could result in choking, which could have a tragic outcome.
Make sure you take frequent breaks for your own comfort, as well as your dogs. Your dog will need a chance to stretch its legs and go to the bathroom. You can also use brakes as an opportunity to provide cool water and food.
Remember, if you stop along the way, don’t leave your dog in a hot car for any length of time. You should always put safety first. Provided that you keep your dog confined and the temperatures in the car regulated, you can have a safe and fun trip with your fur baby in tow.