This month marks Responsible Dog Ownership Month, a time to reflect on what being a responsible dog owner truly entails. An important aspect of your dog’s safety is how you transport him or her in the car, which, if not done correctly, can be hazardous not only for the dog but for the driver and passengers.
Here are some ideas to keep your dog safe in the car, every time you drive:
- Consider keeping your dog in a crate while driving, which is an incredibly effective way to reduce injury in the event of a collision.
- If you’re taking long trips, be sure to pause at rest stops to give your dog a break, letting it stretch its legs and enjoy some fresh water.
- Lock your windows, so that your dog doesn’t accidentally open one.
- Never – ever – leave your dog locked in the car on a warm day. The interior temperature of your vehicle can become deadly alarmingly fast.
- Know your dog! Some dogs are more anxious than others, and you have to respect your dog’s specific needs for a happy trip.
Do you have any other dog safety car tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments or visit Randall Mitsubishi!