Tips for Traveling With Your dog
Dogs really are our companions and best friends, and their social nature means they want to do everything and go everywhere with us, including wherever we’re headed off to in our vehicles. With spring and summer road trips coming up, these are some good tips to make it a little easier, safer and more fun for everyone involved (including the dog).
--Be prepared. Whether it’s a trip across town or a several-hour journey, you’ll need to think of everything your dog might need. That includes treats or kibble, water, toys, his collar and tags (with your current phone number and address) and some doggie bags for when he has to answer nature’s call. If the trip is a longer one, be sure to account for time for roadside breaks and bear in mind that puppies can’t exactly “hold it” for very long. Once the excitement wears off, dogs get bored in cars. After awhile, they need a little stimulation in the form of new smells, sights, and sounds wherever they happen to be for a potty break.
--Keep him safe. That means he should stay the backseat as much as possible, where he can’t interfere with your driving. There are several seatbelt arrangements on the market for dogs of all sizes, and it’s highly advisable that a dog be belted in just like humans, in case something happens. And of course dogs love to hang their heads out the window, but you should try to keep that to a minimum. The wind and grit can irritate eyes and nasal passages.
--Crate him. It might not sound like very much fun, but if your dog is comfortable in a crate at home, he’s likely to be more comfortable in a crate in your vehicle (especially if you have the roominess of a wagon, minivan or SUV). Dogs feel safe in a crate; it helps him stay calm and not get too excitable, and it’s likely that once he gets bored he’s just going to fall asleep and take a nap in that crate anyway.
Wherever you’re going this spring and summer, dog or no dog, make an appointment with us at Town Tire Pros and let us make sure your vehicle’s road-ready. And wherever you’re going and whatever you have planned…have fun!