Dog Car Safety Tips

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Are you inspired to take your dog on more adventures? Heading out into the world and exploring together can be fun for both of you. Before you head out, it’s important to think about the comfort and safety of your dog first—especially dog car safety.

How to keep your dog safe in the car

There are a lot of options to help keep your dog safe while on a road trip. Here are some devices to consider using that can keep you and your dog safe while in the car:

  • a dog seat belt
  • a dog car harness
  • a harnessed dog booster
  • a plastic crate
  • a wire kennel
  • a mesh car barrier
  • a metal car barrier
  • a dog hammock

Buckle up: dog seat belts

If you’ll be traveling by car, a dog seat belt or harness is a good idea any time you’re mobile. This will help keep your dog safe if you have to make a sudden stop, and help prevent him from distracting you while you’re driving.

What is a dog car harness?

You can buy travel harnesses that come across your dog’s chest and clip on to a safety belt. Start off with a short ride to get your dog used to his dog car harness.

Time your feeding

One way to help prevent motion sickness is to not feed your dog too close to departure time. Like humans, a full stomach might be uncomfortable for your dog during travel so try to plan ahead and him at least an hour before you hit the road.

What to bring

It’s always a good idea to bring some essentials to make your dog feel more at home while in the car. Here’s a list of must-have items to make your road trip go smoothly:

  • dog food bowls
  • spill-proof water bowl
  • food
  • a leash
  • collar
  • any medications your dog may need
  • a crate or dog car harness
  • hollow toy to stuff with treats
  • a dog bed or blanket
  • grooming items if needed

Staying in a hotel

Keeping your dog safe in the car is just one part of your travel plans. If you’ll be staying overnight, check out hotels that allow pets. Most will charge a small fee of $10 to $50 per pet—but is well worth it to have your buddy by your side.

Dog car safety: taking your dog along for the ride

Traveling with your dog can be fun, fulfilling and adventurous! So, when you can, bring your dog with you! As long as you’re taking the right precautions, travel is a great opportunity to bond with your dog on a whole new level.

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