By Nancy Cope
The safest way for your dog to travel in your car is inside a crate.
This may seem restrictive, but it ensures he won’t get tossed around in the car, get under your feet, or get seriously hurt in the case of an accident.
The next best option is to confine the dog using a doggy gate, but the really only works well in large vehicles. There are some definite no-no’s while riding with your dog.
Don’t leave the window rolled all the way down, he just may jump out (yes, I have experienced this). Also, don’t drive with an unrestrained dog in the back of a truck, he could very easily fall or jump out and be hurt.
Your dog can’t stop at a fast food joint and ask for a milkshake when he gets thirsty, instead he relies on you. Make sure you have a clean source of water for your pooch; the puddle on the side of the road won’t cut it. Sufficient water ensures your dog won’t suffer from dehydration and potentially ruin your road trip.
Bring Toys and a Leash
Hours in the car can be pretty boring, and you certainly don’t want a bored dog bouncing around your vehicle. Bring toys or chewy treats for your dog to occupy himself with when you’re on the road.
Also, don’t forget to bring your dog’s leash. He’ll need it to go potty and run around during breaks. Most rest stops do require dogs to be on a leash, so this is crucial to remember.
The best way to get your dog used to the car is to travel with him often. Part of being a dog owner is including your dog in all aspects of your life. After a while he’ll be so used to the car, he’ll simply curl up and sleep when you are on the road. As a bonus you will have the benefit of a roadside companion who loves nothing more than to travel with you.
Nancy Cope is the owner of four rescue dogs and Pampered Dog Gifts.