It seems most dogs love to go for rides in the car. It’s exciting to them to have the wind blowing in their face, as they smell the scents that fly by.
Dogs like to explore and having them loose in the car allows them to move around which can be a distraction for the driver. Some dogs will just lay down and go to sleep but an overly excited dog who thinks there’s an adventure on the horizon may pace, want to stand on your lap, or get underfoot if they are small and could get between you and the brake or gas pedal.
1: Keep Fido in the back seat:
Keeping your dog in the back also protects them for the harm of an airbag opening and hurting them. Airbags open with a force of about 200 miles an hour, which could severely injure your pet. For the safety of your pet and you, remember to use a safety harness and keep your dog in the backseat. Car harnesses can be purchased at your local pet store. They look very similar to a regular walking harness but have a strap where the seat belt fits through. Your dog can sit, stand, and stretch out in the backseat comfortably and you can concentrate on the road.
2: Use a crate:
If you are going on a long trip, you may want to use a carrier or dog crate in the back hatch area of your car. If you have a large car or SUV, a mid-size dog crate fits in the back with plenty of room for your luggage. Your dog can lie down, have a bowl of water, and some food. It also will keep your dog from losing his/her balance as easily as when standing on the backseat when you make that right or left turn. For long trips, it is best to not feed your dog a regular size meal but many small snacks. It will help prevent motion sickness.
3: Keep Fido IN the car:
Not every dog needs to be restrained. Some dogs are just naturally good passengers and will look out the window for a little bit and then lay down. If you have a dog that doesn’t bounce around the car in a hyper manner, you’re very lucky! However, never let your dog stick its head out the window. It’s not safe and the wind can actually give your dog an ear infection. Dust, debris, and that flying cigarette from the car in front of you could hurt your pup! Opening the window a few inches is enough for your dog to smell the air, enjoy the breeze, and stay safe. Also, you’ll be able to make sure your dog doesn’t accidentally fall out the window or jump if there’s something worth chasing!
If your destination isn’t too far and the weather is perfect, skip the car, put on your best sneakers, and take the walk! Your dog will thank you for it. Remember, a tired dog is a well-behaved dog.