Traveling With a Crated Dog
It is recommended to crate your dog when you travel in a car
. There are a number of reasons for this, above and beyond the fact that it is comfortable for your dog
. The most important reason, however, is the safety of your dog and yourself
. A loose dog can be very distracting. Additionally, unless your dog is properly strapped in, they could become a projectile if you have to brake hard or are involved in an accident. Needless to say, this could actually injure you and your dog.
“Dogs are hard-wired by their genetic history to be den animals. A den is a small, safe, well-defined space. It is a place in which dogs feel instinctively safe. It is also a place that they instinctively avoid soiling.”
Driving With a Dog
But what if you have a vehicle in which a crate doesn’t fit, or perhaps you need the crating area to keep your luggage, or you may have big pups like ours that simply will not fit in a crate in the car. In this case, you will need to have your dog in another area of your vehicle and ensure it is safe. One of the options you have is to attach a custom seat belt.
“Many dogs ride comfortably and calmly secured in their seats with a belt designed for just that purpose. To avoid the potential for serious injury to his neck, though, be sure to select one that attaches to a harness, not your dog’s regular collar.”
Remember that airbags can be very dangerous. Keep this in mind before traveling with your dog in the front seat. Always make sure that the harness is the right size for your dog.
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