As a dealership that sells predominantly passenger vehicles, we deal with an abundance of families among our prospective buyers at Elgin VW. Obviously, with so many families coming through our doors, our clientele also frequently counts dog-owners among their numbers. So, if you own a dog, how can you keep your dog from hurting itself? Here are a few tips to keep your dog safe in your car while traveling.
Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe While Traveling
Help Your Dog Get Used to the Car
Virtually no dog is a good traveler from the get-go, so it’s important that you help your dog get used to riding in the car. There are a number of ways to do this, but the best thing to know is that familiarity makes your car more comfortable. Take your dog for several shorter trips before going for longer journeys, and they’ll respond by taking their trip like a champ.
You wouldn’t leave the house without putting together a travel kit for your kids, would you? The same goes for your dog. In a bag of some sort, put the following items together: a leash, food, bowls, medications, and a toy that your dog is familiar with. Also, it might be a good idea to bring a folder with any documentation regarding your dog’s vaccinations.
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Bring a Properly-Sized Kennel
Your dog should ideally be able to stand upright in his or her kennel, which allows your dog to be safe when you hit the brakes unexpectedly. There are times that it’s okay to have your dog moving about the cabin freely, although it’s much safer to have the dog secured in a kennel.
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Give Your Dog Food and Exercise Before Leaving
Three hours prior to leaving the house, it’s a good idea to give your animal the opportunity to get a good meal, and to let it outside to get some exercise. This will allow your dog’s stomach to settle, and will make it more likely to relax once you hit the road.
Keep the Windows Rolled Up
While it’s certainly tempting to let your dog’s ears fly in the wind, this can actually be harmful. Debris can inadvertently get into your dog’s eyes, while the friction of high speeds can be damaging to the animal’s ears as well. So, particularly at high speeds, your windows should remain rolled up.
There are many other tips that can help keep your dog safe in the car, and if you have some of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments below. And, of course, come see us at Elgin VW!