Dog Driving in Car

How to Keep Your Dog Safe During a Road Trip

The more we stay couped up at home, the more we long to go to new places. Of course, going on road trips usually involves our furry creatures at home. Despite airplane and hotel limitations, you can still go on small road trips with your best friend. Just remember to keep your dog safe in the long car ride. As much as we love to watch our dogs stick their tongues out of car windows, it is important to put safety first, so we can continue making lasting memories with our families.

Don’t Let Your Dog Ride Like a Free Bird

Depending on your state laws, there may be strict requirements on how to restrain your dog in a car. If you are unsure, it is best to research your state’s laws concerning domestic animals. The only state requiring a restraint inside a car is Rhode Island. Even if your state does not require a dog seatbelt or harness for your dog, it may be safer to buy a containment system for your pet. A dog on your lap or blocking a window could cause an unfortunate accident. If a car crash occurs, a dog weighing more than sixty pounds may slam into a human – causing further problems.

No Dogs In the Cargo Bed

In many countries, both adults and dogs travel in the back of a truck. Even if it looks fun to keep fido in the open air, it is a hindrance to your puppy’s health. Dogs can overheat in extreme desert weather or freeze in the frigid cold. Most states require dogs to be confined to a crate that is secured in the bed of a truck. Even if your state does not require a containment system, it is still important to keep your friend safe. Your best bet is to keep your dog inside a vehicle.

Do Not Leave Your Pooch Alone in the Car

As much as roadside dining sounds tempting, it is best to not leave your pet alone for an extended amount of time. Dogs with separation anxiety may act out if they are left alone for too long. If the climate in your city is over 70 degrees, the climate in your car can continue to heat up and reach over 100 degrees in under 30 minutes.  Keeping a window open does little to change the temperature in a car. Try to limit the time your dog needs to stay alone in a car.

And Just Remember

It is okay if you cannot take your pet everywhere. Sometimes, it is better to keep your precious pet safe than unsecured in a moving vehicle. If you are planning on going on a short road trip with your dog, consider where you are going first and if you can take your pet. A visit to a national park is a better investment for your pet than a visit to a crowded city. If you are ever planning to move your dog across the country, contact us at Animal Transportation Worldwide for all your pet moving needs.

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