We all love our dogs and we love taking them in the car with us around town or on long trips. Your main job is to keep him safe and make sure he is secure in your car when you take him for a ride.
Here’s how to reach your destination safely and happily with your dog in the car.
Help Keep Your Dog Comfortable in the Car
Be sure to make a comfortable place for your dog to sit or lie in the seat. Use a blanket or buy a seat cover made just for dogs to protect the cars upholstery. If you have an SUV, use a crate for your dog. Giving the dog a nice place to rest and feel safe is important during a long drive.
Keep Rover Confined
You may think it’s more fun for the dog to roam the car while you are driving, but it’s actually much safer to keep the dog confined and tethered by a safety harness. Dogs can be a distraction to drivers and can also be dangerous for both of you in the event of an accident. Just stopping the car too quickly could seriously injure a dog.
Take Frequent Breaks
If you’re on a long trip, be sure to give to yourself extra time when a pet is involved. Stops for potty breaks will need to be made every hour or so and allow for a quick walk for some much needed exercise. The walks will help release nervous energy and keep Rover happier during the trip!
There are dogs that love going for rides and will nap for hours or just be content to be with you in the car. Other dogs get nervous and restless especially on longer rides. Be sure to take your dog’s favorite toy or some bones to chew on while riding in the car to keep them occupied. Just like children, they need things to do to keep them happy on long journeys from home!
NEVER Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car
A car can quickly reach high temps and become a death trap. On a 78-degree day, the temp in a parked car can reach 100 to 120 in just minutes. On a 90-degree day, the inside can reach 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. When the temps get into the 100 degree mark, your dog can sustain brain damage in as little as 15 minutes. Avoid Rover and you any stress from the heat by just leaving him at home on hot days.
After taking your dog on those trips, your car may need a nice cleaning. Call our Mobile Detail & Spa Service at 714-444-3100 and we’ll be right over to clean up after Rover!