It is a fact that One in Four people who travel with their dog break the law by not restraining them according to the RAC. When travelling anywhere with your dog whether it be to the local woods or going on a summer adventure it is IMPORTANT that you retrain the dog so he cannot be a dangerous distraction to a driver. Also like people an unsecured pet can be at greater risk of injuring themselves and other people should the unthinkable happen and you have an accident Whilst it may look cute and the fog may enjoy sticking its head out of the window this should not be allowed as all kinds of injury can happen from stones and debris thrown up by other cars. It can also distract other drivers. Travelling pets should be micro-chipped and fitted with a secure collar and name tag. Engraved tags are preferable to the barrel type which often comes loose.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars!
Every year the despite campaigns by Dog Trust and the RSPCA pets continue to die in hoy cars as they are left alone with the windows closed and no air con. The best advice anyone can give you is please do not leave your dog alone in the car. Remember the UK whether can change very quickly from being overcast one-minute ti subnnny7 the next and a closed car acts like a greenhouse
If you are planning to travel regularly with your pet then consider a large hatchback or a 4 x 4 as the dog can then be left in a crate and the boot or door left open for air
Lunch on the Go
When travelling on a long journey as well as taking food and water for you and the family make sure you take food and water for your pets and spill-proof bowels. It may also be a good idea to pack some ice for everyone especially if the weather is hot If you are very organised, you could even weigh out your dog’s meals and store them in plastic takeaway containers which will save time on the journey or at your destination.
Other important things to take with you on your journey in case of any small accidents are is to ensure you have some pet-safe disinfectant, poo bags, wipes and towels for cleaning up any urine or faeces. Absorbent fleecy bedding is ideal. This is not only comfortable, but any wetness will soak through to the underside. Using shredded paper or cat litter granules underneath any bedding will help further absorb any leakages,