Riding in Cars with Dogs can be tricky business. Find out ways to keep yourself and your pet safe when you need to take your dogs in the car with you.

Riding in Cars with Dogs? Stay Safe.

Riding in Cars with Dogs?

Stay Safe

We all love our dogs. And we all need to drive. But when riding in cars with dogs, we often endanger our animals and ourselves.

Driving with a dog in the car poses some problems. Driving is a complex and delicate process in the best of circumstances. Throw a dog into the mix, and things get extra messy. Dogs are sweet creatures, but they can be unpredictable. Dogs bark, jump around, and provide a whole host of surprises that can disrupt your concentration; not transporting your dog responsibly can make you a distracted driver, endangering you, your fellow motorists, and even your precious pooch.

Riding in Cars with Dogs can be tricky business. Find out ways to keep yourself and your pet safe when you need to take your dogs in the car with you.

Kennel Up!

As much as many people don’t like to put their dogs in cages, for many dogs, it’s the only safe option. Your dog may get uncomfortable or irritated but will be prevented from jumping around, barking, or otherwise causing dangerous distractions to you, the driver.

Some dogs can roam free safely in a car. If your dog is one of these, you’re probably okay leaving her or him out. A calm, quiet dog should be a safe companion, and your dog will have a happy ride. You know your dog better than anyone else. Judge carefully.

A rambunctious dog could cause any number of problems. Your driving is your responsibility, and according to Mani, Ellis & Lane, “A driver who operates a vehicle without a reasonable level of concern for the safety of others has acted in a negligent manner.” If you let an excited animal run loose while you steer 3 tons of chrome, flesh, and gasoline down the highway at 65 miles an hour, you’re not a responsible pet owner or driver.

Car Travel Tips for You and Your Dog – To Stay Safe and Enjoy It

Roll Up Your Windows

While dogs love nothing more than to stick their noses out of fast traveling windows, pet owners should think twice before giving their dogs free reign to dangle half of their bodies outside of a moving vehicle.

For a dog, sticking a nose out a car’s window and sniffing the outside world as it passes is like an appetizer sampler. It’s an extraordinary experience for a dog. There’s nothing wrong with allowing your pet to do this. Just be sure that nothing bad will happen. When you lower your window, make sure there’s not enough room for your dog to get much of her or his body outside. Just a nose will do.

What Not to Do

Lots of people do silly things when transporting their dogs from place to place. Some of these tips should go without saying, but dog owners often do goofy things. If you’re driving with a dog in the car, follow these guidelines.

  • Don’t drive with your dog in your lap. This will distract you or could interfere with your steering (or pedal control).
  • Don’t transport your dog outside of your car. Leaving your pet to suffer while in a trailer or other type of external carrier is traumatic for your pet. Keep your dog inside the car.
  • Don’t make your dog wait for bathroom breaks. Let your dog out during long car rides. Doing otherwise will make your pet anxious and rambunctious.

Safe traveling!

Riding in Cars with Dogs? Stay Safe.” was written by Matt Rhoney

Matt RhoneyMatt Rhoney is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in his spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina, you will usually find him catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. He loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.

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Do you bring your dog(s) in the car with you when you go out?
How about a cat or another pet?
(I bring my Bearded Dragon sometimes.)

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4 thoughts on “Riding in Cars with Dogs? Stay Safe.

  1. I do take my Pug and yes, I took my Beardie when I had one and he had a lizard leash. My Pug rides in a pet booster seat so she is safe. And my large pit mix used to want to stick her nose out the window, so I had to roll it up to just above her nose reach. She fell in the floor a couple times when I slammed on brakes so I started using a tether and she couldn’t leave the seat belt area.

    • Hey Jennifer. Thanks for your visit to my blog. I’m glad your Pug likes car rides. I love bringing my dogs along. I’ve had the experience too, where I’ve slammed on the brakes and the dog goes flying. Oops. A tether can be a good idea. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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