When a family with a dog is going on a trip by car, certain problems arise. Dogs, like people, have their own character and attitude to moving. Therefore, along with the convenience for people, you need to worry about the convenience for the animal.
Regardless of the model of the car – be it a BMW or an Audi Rs6 – the dog must not be kept in the front seat while driving, even if there is no one else in the car besides it and the driver. An animal can distract the driver from driving and create an emergency. Also, with a sharp turn or emergency braking, the dog will not be able to stay on the seat.
As a last resort, any family member should sit in the passenger seat and hold the dog lying on the floor at his feet, closely monitoring her behavior. Small dogs can be carried by hand. If you have to travel a lot with your pet, it is recommended to purchase a special travel box for him. This device is designed for animals of small and medium sizes.
If the dog is large, then it has to be placed in the rear compartment of the car. Very convenient for transporting dogs, even large ones, is the wide rear seat, where the animal can be fixed using specially designed seat belts.
When preparing for a trip with a dog, you need to think about how to keep the interior clean, this problem is especially acute when it comes to long-haired breeds that shed heavily. In this case, it is necessary to put protective covers on the seats.
A dog, like a person, can get motion sickness while driving. Let the veterinarian choose a remedy for motion sickness for him. If your car is not equipped with air conditioning, like the Volkswagen Touareg, open one window, but do not allow the animal to look out of it: a draft can provoke ear infections or conjunctivitis – dogs are susceptible to these diseases. In addition, it is not known what the reaction of a pet will be to cars passing by.
If you have a long journey, you need to stop from time to time for a few minutes and, if possible, get out of the car with the dog. Remember that you can not leave the animal in a car with tightly closed windows for a long time – it can get heat stroke. Don’t forget to bring water, food, medicines and necessary documents with you.
Before the trip, do not overload the dog with food and be sure to walk it for at least an hour. By following these simple rules, you will ensure a pleasant trip for yourself, your family and your four-legged pet.