It is an alarming 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 restrain the dog so he cannot be a dangerous distraction. As well as being dangerous the driver can also face a fine up to 5000 pounds.
It is also important to remember that 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. The most common being from stones and debris thrown up by other cars as well as also distract other drivers.
When travelling with a dog or cat they 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. That way if an accident does happen and they panic and bolt at least there is a good chance they will be reunited.
Dogs Die in Hot Cars!
Every year the despite campaigns by Dog Trust and the RSPCA pets continue to die in ho cars as they are left alone with the windows closed (or even slightly open) 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 to sunny the next and a closed car acts like a greenhouse.
If you are planning to travel regularly with your dog 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 with a dog on a long journey as well as taking food and water for you and the family make sure you also take food and water for your pets and spill-proof bowls. 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.
Keeping clean whilst travelling with a dog
Other important things to take with you on your journey when travelling with your dog in case of any small accidents 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.
If you are going for more than just a drive or a day out, then it is important to make sure that a pet-friendly accommodation is available to you while you are travelling to a holiday destination. Holiday accommodation includes farms, cottages and holiday houses. Before you book, closely check in-house rules. Make sure the landlords allow pets. If dogs are allowed at your choice of a cottage, inquire if they are allowed inside or outside only. Also, esquire is there any restricted area for your dog to relax. Also, check if they offer pet care services. There might be occasions or weather might change unusually, and you need their services to leave your pet temporary with them.