10 Tips For Driving With Dogs

May 21st, 2016

Regardless of whether you're going on a quick trip across town or a family road trip across the country, there are measures you can take to make sure your best pal is comfortable and safe. Here are 10 tips for driving with your furry friend.

  1. DO buckle up
    • Don't let your dog ride loose in your vehicle - it's best to restrain your dog with a harness, which functions like a seatbelt for your dog
      • You can also install a guard or gate between the backseat and the storage area.
  2. DON'T let your furry friend ride shotgun
    • It's best for your dog to be in the backseat or storage area of the vehicle, especially if the car is equipped with airbags.
  3. DO practice mini trips
    • Begin by making short trips to places the dog enjoys
      • You want these car trips to be fun so make sure your first trip isn't to the vet!
    • These short trips are also a great opportunity to get your dog familiar with the vehicle restraint you will be using.
  4. DON'T let your dog put its head out the window
    • Debris or litter can fly up and hit them in the head and the airflow can damage their respiratory system.
  5. DON'T feed your furry friend in a moving vehicle
    • To help avoid motion sickness, keep feeding to a minimum during travel and provide a light meal two to three hours before you leave. But make sure you provide fresh water throughout the trip when you stop.
    • It's also a good idea to resist giving them some of your fast food burger or fries
  6. DON'T leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle
    • The temperature in your vehicle can rise very high in just minutes, even with the windows slightly open.
  7. DO be sure you have pet ID
    • Attach a temporary ID tag to your pet's collar in addition to their permanent tag. Include the address and phone number of where you'll be staying along with your cell phone number.
    • It's also a great idea to have your dog microchipped
  8. DON'T let dogs ride loose in pickup truck beds
    • Dogs can fall out or be hit by road debris.
    • The hot metal can burn a dog's paws and the dog could accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied or the dog could jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase.
  9. DO make lots of pit stops
    • Stop often for quick stretches and bathroom breaks
  10. DO bring a complete traveling kit
    • Travel papers — Including medical records in case of a medical emergency while traveling
    • Food — Make sure you have lots of food
    • Water — Bottle water or tap water stored in plastic jugs is best because drinking water from an area your dog is not used to could result in an upset stomach
    • Bowl
    • Plastic bags
    • Medications
    • Pet first aid kit
    • Favorite toy or bed

We hope these tips help make traveling with your pet a safe and fun experience!

Before your next vacation check out our blog post on getting your vehicle road trip ready! And if your car needs any maintenance before hitting the road, visit your local Dekalb Tire and Automotive Service. We are your neighborhood one-stop shop for all of your automotive needs.

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