traveling dog 2If you have decided to take your car, you have undoubtedly made the wisest choice for your four-legged companion. The car is a simple and safe means of transport for a dog, not stressful because it is possible to stop to let him go out, to walk, to play, to do his needs (do not forget the small bags for picking up his feces …) or drink a little water.

Moreover, most dogs love to ride and drive, provided they have been accustomed from an early age. It is important, whether it is a small or a large journey, to avoid-one cannot repeat too much because the dog jumps continuously from one seat to another or barks all the way time. This behavior could be dangerous or annoying to the driver or other passengers.

Is it safe for dogs to travel in the back of a truck? This is a common question, and the answer depends on if they are properly crated. Dogs should not be free in the back, as it can be dangerous. A good crate can solve this issue.

Precautions to be taken

So it is sometimes better and more convenient to put it in a dog crate. The animal thus keeps quiet and runs less risk of being ill. The bag or cage should be positioned vertically to reduce vibrations and securely attached to the rear seat so that they do not fall or move.

It is also possible to prevent the dog from moving by simply attaching it, with a short leash, but without a muzzle that would not allow it to breathe properly. It is preferable, however, if it is the vehicle used by the whole family, to install it at the rear, separated from the other occupants by a net or a grid.

Under no circumstances should it be put in the trunk where it could suffer from claustrophobia or perish asphyxiated by the exhaust gases.

To prevent the dog from vomiting in a car, it is best not to feed him two or three hours before departure. It is not advisable to carefully protect the seats with plastic, especially during the first journeys made by the animal.

Why not leave a dog alone in the car?

traveling dog 1Heat and dehydration are two important factors to consider essential when traveling by car with a dog. Do not leave a dog alone in a car, even for a relatively short time and although it is not very hot. A car can indeed turn into a real oven within minutes. Beyond 30 ° C, your dog may fall into a state of shock, suffer from heart problems and even die: it is called heat stroke.

In case of very short absence, to go to the toilet, for example, you have to park the car in the shade and leave the windows half open, enough for the air to circulate but not enough for the animal to be able to leave the head.

When driving, it is also important to ensure that the dog does not pass the head through the door, as this often causes otitis, conjunctivitis, coldness, and irritation due to dust entering the eyes, nostrils or ears.
It is also necessary for summer to be wary of traffic jams if the car does not have air conditioning, because here again the dog can catch an insolation, fall in shock or die due to heat and lack of heat, air. If the cork threatens to last, choose to stop and walk or play with your dog until traffic improves.

A Reminder of the rules to respect in a car:
– Every two hours, take a break for you and for him, always on a dog leash.
– Do not let your head run through the window to avoid eye and ear problems.
– Put the animal comfortably in the back of the vehicle. Small pets can be left in their cart. For large dogs, provide a grid or a separating net.
– When you open the door, be careful that it does not run away.
– Never leave your pet in your vehicle in the sun, even windows open. The temperature can quickly reach more than 50 ° C: you risk heat stroke which can be fatal! From the first symptoms (the animal drools, pants, its tongue becomes violet), quickly consult a veterinarian.

Advice for traveling by car with your dog

1) For your safety and that of your dog, do not leave your dog free in the vehicle. In fact, your dog may be injured or even cause an accident in the event of sudden braking. In a transport cage, with a seat belt system or a mesh screen depending on the size of your companion, protect it, protect yourself!
2) Gradually train him to the car, making short trips and congratulating him warmly. Be careful, your dog feels your stress.
3) Once the car is stopped, at each pause, put the collar down firmly and hold the leash so that it does not escape and is saved on the road.
4) Never leave your dog alone in the car, even the window open, and even in the shade. It risks a fatal heat stroke!
In conclusion: a trip by car with his dog, it is possible! Do not let it wander in the car, make short trips at the start. And most importantly, never leave it alone in your car!