Keeping your Dog Safe in the Car// Pet Travel Series

Monday, 24 April 2017

As Severus and Lily travel a lot, it means they're in the car for hours at a time. Of course the holiday or trip at the end of it is all worth it, but making sure that your best friend is comfortable, and safe is so important.

From recent research Confused.com have shown that a worrying number (40%) of people aren't restraining their pets properly in the car and 76% aren't aware of the consequences of this, such as a fine for driving without due care and attention. Not only this but 63% aren't aware that travelling with an unrestrained pet can invalidate your car insurance, if an accident does happen.
Keeping your dog safe in the car
From a short trip down the the local park or a lengthy one to take the pooches on holiday, here's a few ways to help keep your pets safe on the journey.

Stop along the way
Take a look at your route and schedule some stops along the way, for a walk and toilet stop. Most service stations have a little patch of grass, but sometimes stopping at parks or researching walks along the way will make it even better.

Bring Water
Water and a bowl while you're travelling with your dogs is really important, and making sure they keep hydrated. It's also great to bring food a long in case you get caught in traffic or get lost along the way.
Sev and Lily always eat their own food, so we bring that along whilst holidaying with them, however having a Guru trip bone at hand is perfect for emergencies. However, it's best not to feed them just before the long car journey.

Travel Safe
If you have room then a dog crate is perfect to stay in your boot and house your dog whilst travelling, it should be big enough for them to stand up and turn around in.
Some cars may not have the room to do so, in this case then using a dog harness seat belt is an excellent alternative. Make sure it's fitted correctly so the dog is safe and secure, it can then be belted in or slipped through the seat belt to keep the furry ones in place.

Fresh Air
Dogs are known to get really warm in the car, make sure fresh air is flowing and can get to them.
When parked up, make sure the car doesn't get too hot inside.
Never leave your dog in a hot car! Although it's something that seems to be drilled into us, 6000 dogs a year are still helped by the RSPCA because they're trapped in a park car.

If you'd like more information on keeping your dog safe in the car head over to confused.com

Thankfully, as the dogs have been travelling in the car and going on road trips from the very start, they're both very used to it and associate it with walkies and play time. It takes about five minutes for them both to be snoozing on the back seat.





This post is in collaboration with confused.com

3 comments:

  1. Some great tips :) I'm always shocked by how many people still leave their pets in the car on sunny days!

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  2. Maya is the same, asleep before we've turned out of our road, charging up her batteries for the excitement to come. Some useful info here and lovely photography as always. xxx

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  3. Fudge (Beagle) absolutely detests car travel but we have always made sure to take the necessary precautions on the odd occasion we have needed to drive her anywhere. She is chilling out a bit now then she is getting on in years (11 to be precise)

    Great tips here and seeing dogs in parked cars on hot days makes my blood boil. I have been known to go into supermarkets and ask them to put a call over the tannoy for the person to return to their "distressed child"

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