Protect Your Pooch: Car Safety When Traveling With Dogs

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If you’re planning a road trip this fall, don’t forget your dogs need a vacation, too! It can be super fun to travel with your furry friends, but it can also be a bit stressful trying to keep them safe. However, with these tips and tricks, you can make sure your pup is comfortable, safe, and very happy in your car!

Keep Them Hydrated

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Both humans and canines alike need plenty of hydration to power through long road trips. Be sure to carry extra water bottles so your dog can have a drink. Purchasing a collapsible water dish is an easy way to keep your pup hydrated without making a huge mess in your car.

Buckle Up

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Dogs are curious creatures, and they love to explore every inch of their surroundings. Normally, this wouldn’t even be an issue and is even pretty cute in some instances. However, it can be quite dangerous when they’re in a moving vehicle. To help keep your pooch safe and secure, a car seat harness is a must-have. This device usually hooks up to the seat belt and keeps your dog sitting in its seat.

Take a Seat

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If you’ve got a little fluffball, you might be looking for something even more secure than a seat belt harness. Small dogs fit very well into canine car seats, which keep them contained in their own little area. This is especially great for dogs that aren’t huge fans of car rides, as it can be a comforting space for them.

Relax with a Hammock

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Maybe you’ve got an older dog, or just a really mellow one. If your pup is content to sleep in the back seat for the ride, a car hammock is a good choice. The hammock acts almost like a blanket, protecting your car’s interior from scratches and dog hair while making it harder for your pet to climb into the front seat.

Keep it Cool

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It can never be said too many times: Do not leave your dog alone in a car. If you need to turn the car off while your dog is inside, make sure someone is in the car at all times and that there is airflow available. Even if the temperature outside seems moderate, it will be much warmer inside a closed car than you might realize.

Take a Break

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One way to protect your pup from overheating in a hot car is to take them with you when you stop. After all, if you need to stretch after a drive, so does Fido! Be sure to walk your dog around a bit to give them some exercise and a bathroom break. (Your car’s interior will also thank you for that.)

Traveling with your dog can lead to lots of fun and amazing memories. As long as you keep your pooch’s safety and comfort in mind, everyone can have an enjoyable vacation with minimal stress.

Are you still looking for the best car for you and your pup? Check out our list of the most dog-friendly vehicles! And if you happen to be wondering if your dog is more like a Toyota Corolla or a Kia Soul, we’ve got you covered there too.

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney

Kasey McNerney is a native of Phoenix, Arizona, and inherited her interest in cars from her dad. She previously worked at Phoenix Raceway, where she assisted with communications for NASCAR events. Currently, Kasey writes automotive content for BestRide and works with auto and auto-adjacent businesses to strengthen their social media presence.