MANY people think they’re being kind giving their dog freedom to bounce around the car, but actually dogs will feel much safer secured in a travel kennel, wearing a harness, on the floor of the car, or behind a dog guard.
The National Canine Defence League urge dog owners to give the same attention they would give a small child when they travel, and always make sure that the dog is restrained in the rear of the car.
Dogs must get used to travelling in vehicles, so it’s best to get them used to it when they’re young. Don’t hold puppies on your lap, this trains the puppy that this is the place to travel. As it gets bigger and is put in the back of the car it won’t like the idea. This results in barking and jumping and in turn owners shouting and turning around, thus being unattentive to their driving.
Many owners think it’s okay to let dogs hang their heads out of the window. This is dangerous and can cause health problems to the eyes and nose. Also, many dogs have jumped out of a travelling car through the window, resulting in death. In parts of Europe it’s an offence for dogs to be loose or unsecured and fines can be costly.
A dog should not be left in a car during hot weather for more than a few minutes. Park in shaded areas but keep in mind the sun moves. Even with open windows the temperature can reach 35 degrees in a few minutes. Dogs can suffer heatstroke in less than 10 minutes.
From a training point of view make dogs sit before allowing them into the car. When opening a car door dogs should be trained to stay, so there’s no chance of them jumping out onto a road and causing an accident or killing themselves.
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