Have you ever seen a dog sticking his/her tongue out, taking the wind blast on face, hanging from a car window? Doesn't it look enchanting and exciting? But as much as we love watching them pop their head out of the window, travelling with your own pet can prove to be a real tricky situation. While some dogs really love to ride in a car, it isn't true in the case of all the dogs.
We bring you a list of tips and tricks to travel with your dog in a car and enjoy the journey!
Before you go down and read dos and don'ts of travelling with a dog in the car, you have to keep a very basic point in mind. Your pet is not as intelligent as you are, so it's better to train them while they are young. A good trainer will not only make your dog more comfortable around human environment, but will also ensure your dog is more friendly and accommodating - driving around in a car is a part of which!
1. Stressful Activity
If they are not used to it, travelling with your dog can be a stressful activity for your pet as you are taking them out their normal routine, which happens to be their comfort zone. Give them enough love and reward them time to time with food.
2. Safety Sheet
While the safety of your pet is a priority, it also makes sense to keep your car fabric/upholstery intact. Always keep a sheet or a cloth on the seat and insist your pet to sit on it. This way, you can ensure they don't damage the upholstery.
3. Driving Position
Driving with a dog in the car can be a real hustle if your dog is very active and don't want to travel. Never let the dog sit on your lap while driving as it can prove to be dangerous.
4. Things to carry
- Make sure that your dog is having a collar and a name tag around the neck all the time
- A couple of harness attached with collar
- If you are travelling on a highway, make sure you carry important papers.
- Keep water and food supply in the car if going on a long trip
- A toy would keep your dog busy
- First -aid kit for emergency
- Grooming kit to keep your dog clean
5. Dog Exercise
All dogs need regular exercise and activity and if you are going on a highway trip, they might have an urge to walk. Make sure you walk them after few hours.
6. Locking Dog In Car
You can't carry your dog everywhere, which means you have to lock away dog inside the car. Ensure that your dog isn't locked in the car for long, especially in summers.
7. Standing On Window
Like our opening remarks, dogs do love to stick out their head out of the window and take fresh air. While it's a good sign, make sure the windows aren't rolled down completely.
8. Hair Shedding
All dogs have a common problem of hair shedding, so its better if you keep a portable vacuum cleaner in the car, or get it cleaned time to time.
9. Reward Your Dog
Last but not the least, don't forget to reward your dog with food and love once your journey is completed. This will help them travel with ease in the future.