How to Keep Your Dog Safe While Driving

How to Keep Your Dog Safe While Driving

Safety tips when traveling with a dog.  

For most of us, our pets are a huge part of our lives. They’re truly family members, and that means we want to take them with us wherever we go. Most dogs are quite happy jumping in the car and going on new adventures, but that doesn’t mean that certain safety precautions should be ignored. Here are some tips to follow to keep your four-legged friend happy while driving in the car.

Prevent Anxiety

Changes in routine can make a car trip even more challenging when you have a pet along, especially if he or she associates the car with going to the vet. To ease their anxiety, you can:

  • Bring your pet’s favorite toys along.
  • Keep them as close to the normal eating schedule as possible.
  • Stop at regular intervals to stretch and get fresh air.
  • Keep them strapped in or in a crate while driving.

Strap Them In

In general, you shouldn’t let your dog ride loose in the car, let alone in the back of a pickup. You have a couple of options here, either strap them into a harness and attach the seatbelts to the harness or shut them in their crate. A crate may make your dog feel safe and at home, but some dogs will prefer a harness to prevent feeling restrained.

Food and Drink

Keeping your dog’s diet consistent is important – even if you’re just heading into town with him or her. Bring their own food in a storage box or bag and plenty of drinking water with a potable water bottle.

Along with driving safely with your pooch, you’ll want to secure the right auto insurance. To get started on a tailored policy, contact Lloyd S. Berkett Insurance Agency today.

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