My dog loves to ride in the car with me, but my wife says it shouldn’t be allowed to move around freely while I’m driving. How can I keep him safe without restraining him?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
Many dogs enjoy a nice car ride, as it gives them extra time with their owners, provides fresh air with the windows rolled down and allows for a view of the world whizzing by. It’s a mini adventure from start to end, with your dog having no idea what’s around the next corner.
Kim Saunders, author of Petfinder.com’s The Adopted Dog Bible, offers these tips to ensure safe travels while your dog is in the car:
- Never permit your dog to sit in the front seat. An air bag, if deployed, can crush some dogs.
- All four of your dog’s paws should be inside of the car. Hanging out of a window is a no-no and can put your dog at risk for ear damage and lung infections.
- The best place for your dog to sit is in the middle of the backseat.
- Make sure your dog goes to the bathroom before the car trip.
- Avoid feeding your dog large meals before heading out. Even if you address the bathroom issues, some dogs can get carsick.
- When you arrive at your destination, put your dog on a leash before opening the car door.
- It is best to use a safety harness or to crate your dog for longer trips.
By taking the above precautions, you can enjoy many more car adventures with your dog.