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How to Safely Transport a Dog in the Car
No matter what your destination--the
store, the park, or the
vet--you want to do all you can to ensure your dog is transported safely
when riding in the car. Being prepared and planning ahead will make car
trips with your canine comfortable and enjoyable for all.
Confine him. Your dog should be restricted to
riding in the back seat. This will stop him from moving around
in the vehicle and possibly causing an accident.
Make him comfortable. Be sure your dog has
enough room to stretch out comfortably. You may want to bring
along a favorite blanket,
toys and treats to eliminate boredom.
Prevent car sickness. Car sickness may be
avoided if your dog can look out the front window. Opening
several windows a few inches can
help maintain balanced air pressure.
Establish parameters. Once your dog has
positioned himself in his "spot" tell him to stay. Repeat the
command whenever he attempts to move. Eventually your dog will
Put safety first. Pet safety harnesses, pet
seats and dog seat belts are available in pet supply stores or
online. Not only will they restrain your dog, they also will
protect him should an accident occur. Smaller dogs
can be placed in carrier bags; larger breeds in crates. Any dog
riding in the back of a pickup should either be in a carrier or
restrained somehow to prevent escape.
Ventilate properly. Keep your car cool when
transporting your dog. Inside your car the temperature can rise
to nearly 20 degrees hotter than outside and cause your dog to
When its time to remove your dog from the
vehicle make sure you have proper ID on your dogs collar and the collar should be
tight enough that your pet can not back out and slip the collar.
We find the best thing to use is a slip leash or slip collar
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