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What Every Pet Parent Should Keep in Their Car

If you are like me, most of your weekend or weekday activities include doing something with your dog (As a matter of fact, I took Rooney to a baby shower this past weekend because it was in a park).

Pet Parent Responsibilities When Traveling With Your Dog Examples Include:
  • Your dog accompanying you on road trips
  • Your dog accompanying you on hiking trips
  • Your dog commuting to work with you
  • Your dog attending all family functions
If any of the examples above speak to you, you want to make sure that you are prepared while traveling with your dog in the car. Therefore, I put together the following list:


Whether you are going hiking or just taking your dog to work with you, it's important to keep a water bottle in your car so that your dog stays hydrated even on the hottest days. One of my favorite products of all time is the Gulpy! This is a travel water bottle that I keep with me in the car for Rooney. What I love most about it, is that I can quickly provide him with water while we are still in the car without making a mess. Not to mention, it's convenient and an overall very useful on-the-go water bottle.


Sometimes when I leave the house, I forget to bring treats with me, and I always end up kicking myself for it. Whenever I go anywhere with Rooney, there comes a time when it would be great to encourage him with treats. For example, it would be great to distract him on a hiking trip if we see cattle (Rooney is a little unnerved by cattle and tends to bark at them), or even desensitize him to cattle by providing him treats while near them. I have decided the best way to make sure I don't forget treats when I leave the house is to keep treats in my purse.

4Knines Car Seat Cover

We bought a new car in this year, and we went with light colored seats to hide the dog hair (which there is a lot of). However, Rooney also has a tendency to get very muddy paws, so a car seat cover is a must for travel!

Extra Leashes

It's always a good idea to have an extra leash on you when you are doing anything with your dog. Why? Because, without a leash, you could be caught in some pretty tough situations (i.e. your leash breaks and your dog takes off after wildlife, or a cyclist, or anything). Additionally, you might see a stray dog off leash, and it will be safer for both your dog and the stray dog if you carry an extra leash.


Towels are an essential item for me because Rooney loves mud and dirt. Plus, he is so low to the ground (Corgi) that he picks up extra mud and dirt, so to make sure he doesn't track it everywhere we go, I keep a towel in the car at all times. It also serves as a blanket if he wants to lay down somewhere and there isn't enough grass.

Pet First Aid Kit

A first-aid kit is of particular importance if you are traveling far from your house. Many pet stores carry pre-made first-aid kits, but you can also make one yourself at home.


Last, but certainly not least, your dog should be wearing a seatbelt or be safely secured in a crate. Even a small fender-bender can send your dog flying in the wrong direction and potentially cause your dog serious injury. A few months ago, the Center for Pet Safety completed research to determine the safest pet crates and pet harnesses, and I think those reports are definitely worth checking out. So that's my list! Is there anything you make sure to have in the car? Pet Parent Responsibilities and Burrs and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers
rachel sheppardRachel Sheppard Rachel Sheppard is the author and founder of My Kid Has Paws. She is a Social Media Manager, blogger, corgi mom, animal lover, volunteer, graduate student, and shoe collector. After graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science & Management, she worked as a Veterinary Assistant for 3 years. Her daily interactions with pet parents inspired her to start her blog focused on pet health, pet rescue, and pet products. She has a true enthusiasm for veterinary medicine and animal science, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences with pet parents.


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Cordura seat cover

Great product. Have them on all my seats to protect them from water sand and nails of from all the dogs that travel with me in my camper van to the beach, rivers and woods.



We liked the first cover so much that a few days later we purchased a second one. The cover installs very, very easily, fits and covers the rear seat and the back of the front seats of our Subaru Tribeca perfectly, has flaps that cover the door-side edges of the rear seat, and stays perfectly in place. Spilled or tracked water beads up on the material and can be easily wiped off. At first our dog did tend to slide just a little on the new cover, but he soon learned to stand, sit, and lay just as well as he did before on the uncovered seat. The hammock portion seems like it might provide some little bit of protection in a sudden stop (our guy will chew apart any "doggie seat belt" type of restraint in very short order - so that option is out of the question for us). As to keeping him out of the car front-area - well, our long-legged Standard Poodle has no problem in still looking closely out the front windshield by putting his front feet on the center console - straddling the hammock - with no problem whatsoever. But we did discover that having the hammock in place does allow us to safely keep his water bottle and dish, his leash, and an old towel on the floor under the hammock - where he can no longer get at them (especially the leash and towel) to chew on them. All in all, an excellent seat cover.


My furbabies don't like leather seats!!!! But they love this seat cover!!!

Very hard to find a split bench seat cover at a reasonable price, this one fit the bill. Easy to install, very durable and looks to be easy to clean. Wanted something that would protect the leather seats and was pet friendly (hate it when the material of regular seat covers snags toenails and collars). I don't think I will have to buy another for many years!!!

Jackie Carter

My Doodle approves!

Received on time, fits great and easy to install. Color is a great match. So far, so good. Durability? Time will tell. It appears to be well constructed.

Donald Fish

Fits my 2018 VW Tiguan perfectly

Very happy with our purchase. Fits perfectly, was easy to install and keeps the leather seats in our brand new vehicle perfectly clean.

Chris Campbell

great cover

This is actually a replacement for my original 4 knines cover which was 4 years old. I used it daily (bringing my pup to work with me) and washed it weekly, so the backing finally started to flake apart and come off. This newer version is easier to put over the headrests, great improvement in the strap and closures. Also the best improvement is the side flaps, the old cover didn't have these. These flaps help to catch the dirt from dogs feet when they are jumping up into the car, instead of it going on the side of the seat.

Diane Breland


This is my 2nd seat cover from 4knines and love them both. The product and service were both fantastic.


Repeat customer VERY satisfied.

We have made several purchases from 4Knines and are VERY satisfied with products (cargo liner, back seat cover, bucket front seat cover...). I volunteer at a shelter and take dogs offsite daily. Always a Pleasure doing business with 4Knines. Highly recommend.

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