I have a friend who recently adopted a puppy and has found that traveling in the car can be a little bit of an adventure as their puppy climbs around in the back seat, front seat, and will even venture so far as to try for the driver’s seat. For readers who have a similar problem, there are several solutions to make sure that traveling in the car is safe for both your dog and those driving in the car.
Perhaps one of the easiest options is putting a kennel in the trunk or an area in the car that the dog can know is their ‘seat’. A soft crate is ideal as it like the name hints, the sides are soft and will not be a softer landing during stops and turns that the car will make. I’ve also seen several people make their crate an organized area where they can hang leashes, poopie bags, and other travel gear for when they go on adventures with their dogs.
Although crates work for some people, its not the right choice for everyone. Another option that helps to keep the car clean and dog safe are car seat covers. The type that I prefer the most are the blanket type that hook from the head rests of the front seat to the back seat and covers the entire seat. It’s like a canine hammock and helps keep hair, dirt, and mud off the seats while also providing a safe area for your dog in the car. The only drawback is that you have to have enough room to allow for your dog to take up a row of seats.
For those who don’t have the kind of space to fit a kennel or a canine hammock into the car, the next best option is a dog seat belt. Canine seat belts have become more available on the market and can be found in just about any pet store. They act like a harness on the dog but can connect to the main seat belt system in the car to help keep the dog safe and secure in the car while the car is in motion, while also helps prevent fido from climbing all over and distracting the driver.
Although not all dogs are difficult passengers in the car, having a plan for how you will travel with your dog will help keep everyone safe and happy during your fun filled adventures. Safe travels!
This week Circle Tail’s available canine is Jaenelle, an adorable fox terrier mix. She has had some basic training but would love a new home that can continue with her training as she’s got the smarts to make a wonderful companion. She was born 7/19/13 so is past the puppy stage and is now a sophisticated lady. Jaenelle was a stray to a rescue so early history is not known. She is a lovely, higher energy girl who likes to chew bones, play fetch and play with other dogs. She is house trained, crate trained and has her basic obedience as well as a few tricks. She is a fun dog who would make a nice pet for someone who likes a little more energy but a little less size. She is very snuggly and affectionate, a sweet girl looking for her new home! If you’d like more information on Jaenelle check out her page on Circle Tail’s Petfinder site or on our main website under dogs/puppies for adoption.
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