Whether you have a brand new SUV, a saloon car or a used car, it is important to consider how you will transport your beloved dog, both to the vets and when travelling on holiday. First, you should consider the dog’s safety and your own safety in the car above the comfort of the dog.
For safety, consider training your dog to sit in a certain position in the car. Perhaps you could buy a special seat for your pet? This would save the dog getting in the way when in the car and may also help make the dog feel more settled within the car and so less likely to distract you when driving.
For comfort, why not buy a pet blanket? This will save your car seats from being covered in dog hairs and dirt and the dog will remain associated with the blanket and so will know what to expect in the car. Again, this can help make the dog feel settled and less likely to distract you in the car.
You may also decide to get a dog mesh for your boot space. This will ensure that your dog can have some space in the back without climbing in to the front of your vehicle. You can also buy harnesses that can be attached within the car, in order to have full control of your dog in the car and make sure that they don’t move about. You can even buy seat belt restraints for dogs that can be attached to seat belts. You are also able to buy booster seats for small to medium-sized dogs. All of the above accessories can be bought quite cheaply on websites.
When travelling with your dog, you should always make sure that it has access to water. You can buy expandable bowls for ease of use. You should consider keeping a water bottle within your car just for the dog. Please do not forget to take bags and poop scoops for any unfortunate accidents and if you are going to be out for a while, take food for the dog in an appropriate bowl.
Perhaps you are travelling to the vets. If this is the case, taking your dog in a kennel or cage is advisable. Dogs have a sixth sense about these things and will sense if you are taking it to the vets. It may become agitated upon arrival, so carrying the dog to the surgery may be advised. You can buy state of the art boxes and cages to fit your car from many different websites. Just type into a search engine and you are bound to find one.
Above all, it is vital that you do not leave a dog in a hot car. Many dogs have died in hot weather, having been locked in a car with no air and no water. Cruelty to animals is something that is taken extremely seriously by the police and you can be prosecuted should anything happen.