Taking Your Dog for a Ride?
You always want to ready your furry friend for an outing in the car before taking off on that joy ride!
There are plenty of ways of securing your dog before you take off. This will protect your furry friend and keep him in the place and not in your lap. This helps them have a pleasant, safe trip, but also yourself. Here is a little advice.
First You Need to Train Your Dog for This.
Getting them trained before you just jump in and go is important for risk free car ride. Your dog may be excited about going with you in the car for a ride. But you need to him used to getting in and out of the car, so he does not just run off when have arrived and open the car door.
Get your dog used to all the sounds that are associated with the car, like starting and stopping the engine. How about the horn honking or others honking at you? How about when the windows are rolled down a bit? Also, the opening and closing of the door. Get your pup used to what your expectations are so he knows where his spot is, and he stays there until you release him.
Try around the block a couple of times at first. Do that on the first day, then increase the distance and go a different route where the sights and sounds are different. Also, get them used to properly responding is they see another animal outside of the car. This will save you a lot of problems down the line and can avoid some serious risks.
Secondly, Strap Him Down.
Do your research before deciding on which products will work best for your dog. You are going to find there are a lot of choices. You want to make sure you select the product with a good fit for the size dog you have. I would suggest a dog harness, because this will help keep him safe and you as well, if you must suddenly stop, or God forbid you are in an accident.
You can also bring a dog crate or kennel, depending upon the size of your vehicle and the length of travel.
Third, like a Good Scout, Be Prepared.
It is always good to be prepared in case you are gone longer than expected. Of course, bringing the collar and leash is a given.
You may want to make sure you have some fresh water on hand and a cup or bowl with which to hold the water or food. Bring along his favorite snack or dog food. But I would suggest that he does not travel on a full stomach just in case he gets sick in the car because of the motion.
Maybe tuck in any meds that your dog might need, should this be a longer trip than expected. An extra blanket and a few toys would be a good idea as well. I might keep some extra grooming tools tucked away in case you need to neaten up their coat.
Make this a fun experience for you and your furry friend. Remember, do not leave them in the car when there are extreme temperatures hot or cold, which could be harmful. Enjoy the ride!