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Have you ever had a problem while traveling with your dog? How to safely travel with your dog in a car ? No worries, we are here to help you with that.
So, obviously, today's blog post is about how to safely travel with a dog in a vehicle. I think it is very interesting and also controversial topic driven by emotions and fueled by main stream media with the spike in January 2016.
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Travel with a dog and recommendations for safe drive
Did you know that nearly one in five respondents to AAA/Kurgo survey from 2011 admit to taking hands off the wheel to keep dogs from climbing in front seat?
2011 survey examines habits of people driving with canine companions and potential distractions
“Drivers should use a pet restraint system for your dog every time their pet is in the vehicle,” said Jennifer Huebner-Davidson, AAA National, Traffic Safety Programs manager. “A restraint like those offered by Kurgo will not only limit distractions, but also protect you, your pet and other passengers in the event of a crash or sudden stop.”
Calm dogs and lack of awareness top reasons for not using a pet restraint.
More than two in five (42 percent) respondents stated they do not use a pet restraint because their dog is calm and they do not think he/she needs a restraint. However, a calm dog will be thrown with the same amount of force as an active dog in the event of a crash or sudden stop—a danger for all passengers as well as the pet.
“An unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert roughly 300 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of pressure. Imagine the devastation that can cause to your pet and anyone in its path,” said Huebner-Davidson.
TIPS HOW TO TRAVEL WITH A DOG IN A CAR
Give your dogs — and Yourself — a Break
Traveling with a dog is a little bit like traveling with a child. Even if you can push yourself to keep going for hours on end to arrive at your destination faster, dogs have different needs. Expect to stop every two or three hours to let them get out, stretch their legs, and do their business. And while you’re at it, enjoy the break. Even if you can keep going, that doesn’t mean you should. People weren’t meant to be driving in a car for 12 hours straight.
Turn off power windows
If you have a car with power windows, it’s quite easy for your dog to accidentally open them with a simple press of their paw. You might think that this is relatively harmless, especially if your pet likes to stick his or her head out in the breeze, but overexcited dogs have been known to jump out of moving vehicles, and simply taking a wrong step could lead to the window being closed on their neck and choking them.
Bring water and a bowl
Dogs need regular access to water. This is vital on a longer road trip, but even if you’re just headed out to the store, it’s smart to bring along. You never know what might happen. The best way to ensure that you always have water on hand is to store a bottle in the car as part of your emergency kit. A bowl is also nice, but in a pinch, letting your dog drink out of your cupped hand is just fine.
Save yourself, and your DOG !
The following information is brought to you by GoPetFriendly. The goal of these states is not to save the lives of our pets … though it will be a nice side effect. The main focus of the legislation is to protect humans lives – the pet owners’ and everyone else on the road. Unrestrained pets can become a distraction. Distractions cause accidents. In a collision at 50 mph, an unrestrained 10-pound dog will hit you with about 500 pounds of force – more than enough to do serious damage to you and the dog. Just imagine the kind of force a dog Buster’s size would inflict! We have laws that require us to wear seat belts and ensure our children are properly restrained in the car. There are laws to protect us from drunk drivers and people who text, apply make-up, or talking on the phone while driving. Is the requirement that we buckle up our pets really too much to ask?
After considering the pluses and minuses, we are in favour of pet restraint legislation. Our mission at GoPetFriendly.com is to encourage you to travel with your pets, and we want you to be safe. You’ve heard our motto, “Seat belt for you. Seat belt for your kids. Seat belt for your pets!” Whether you choose a car harness or a secured carrier, these laws could save your life. They also protect our pets and everyone else on the road – drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and cyclists. The benefits outweigh the imposition.
At least eight states have laws specifically requiring animals to be secured when being transported in an open area of a vehicle. In some cases, the laws apply only to dogs None of the laws require the animal to be restrained or secured if inside an enclosed part of the vehicle.