Don’t Hold That Dog!
I feel the need to write a post on dogs and traveling in the car. I see so many dogs hanging out the driver’s window and that is CRAZY! I understand that you love your dog and want them to be happy, but think of the risk you are putting your self in, other people and even your beloved dog when you don’t have them (dog) properly contained.
This is what I hear all the time “Oh, my dog is like my kid, I love them so much” then why do you not buckle your dog in? You would never let your toddler ride in a car not buckled in a car seat. Seriously some of you keep your kids in a booster/car seat until they’re 6 or 7 years old but you still want to let your dog roam free as you drive?!
There are lots of options for you to use in keeping your dog contained or secure while you are driving. I personally use two different things depending on what dog I have with me, or their level of training.
The first is basically a leash that clips into the seat belt latch of your car, and then clips to the dog’s collar or harness, I use this for better behaved dogs, that will just lay on the seat and already know about staying in one place for an extended amount of time.
The second thing I use is a crate, there are many sizes and designs you can try. I use a basic plastic hard sided crate strapped down in the back of my truck. Or a smaller one inside the cab in the back seat. These work well for dogs that get car sick as it’s easier to remove and clean then trying to clean the upholstery in your car.
Either option you choose is going to be better than letting your dog roam free as you drive. There are many stories out there of dogs in car accidents that are thrown from the car and either killed or run off never to be found again. Let’s keep our beloved pets safe and protected as we drive down the road.
If you need any help teaching your dog to ride safely in the car please contact me and I would be happy to work with you and your dog. Please fell free to leave me a comment or suggestion. Thank you again for reading my blog.