Traveling for the holidays? If you’re taking your dog, it’s important that you follow some basic safety rules to keep your pet safe on the road.
First and foremost, restrain your dog whenever the vehicle is in motion. You wouldn’t let your kids ride without being buckled in, so why would you put your dog at the same risk? Crates are a great way to keep your dog contained and out of your way while you’re trying to concentrate on the road, but for long trips, that may seem a little cruel. Another option is to tether your dog with a seatbelt. It keeps the dog out of your personal space and prevents ejections in case of a wreck. Continue reading Vehicle Safety→
The good folks at Orvis have put together a handy infographic, spelling out the current laws in each state concerning how you can transport your dog. Some states like New Jersey and Rhode Island require a harness or crate, while others do not. In some states, there are laws proposed, while others have had their proposals fail in the legislature. Finally, some states have other laws such as those governing distracted driving, that can be used to cite you if you have your dog loose in the car. Do you know what your state requires?
The graphic is too interactive to post it easily here, but you can check it out over on the Orvis site.
There are few things more sickening than driving along with your dog in the car and hearing that horking sound they make when they’re going to throw up. And of course, it never happens where you can pull over quickly and get them out of the car before they make a mess.
According to a recent post on the excellent TripsWithPets.com blog, car sickness usually comes from one of three things: stress, immature ears, or a self-fulfilling prophecy. If your dog got sick on his first car trip, he’s more likely to associate the car with nausea and will get nauseated every time. Continue reading Oops! Dogs and Car Sickness→
Planning a trip with your dog this summer? It’s time for my annual nag about dog seat belts. Studies say only 16% of people use pet harnesses even though 83% of people say it’s dangerous to have an unrestrained dog in the car. Continue reading Keep Your Dog Safe in the Car→
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