Dog Car Accessories
Auto Accessories – What you need to know when taking Fido on the
dog owners take their pets with them when riding in the family vehicle
– even if it’s just a quick trip to the store and back home. In
addition, dog owners are traveling and want their pets included
in a fun outing, a family vacation, or even a mobile lifestyle.
Of course you want to enjoy your dog’s company while driving, and
you want your dog to enjoy the experience as well! But if that is
to happen, then safety must be your first consideration, followed
by attention to protecting your car, and then a way to safeguard
your dog’s well being while doing your best to enhance his enjoyment
a little forethought, planning, careful training, and the use of
some well-chosen products and supplies, car travel with your dog
can be safe, very rewarding, and fun for all.
dog owners will buckle up, but will forget about restraining their
dog. During a quick stop or in an accident, a loose dog becomes
a missile – which is not good for you, and definitely not good for
your dog. You don’t often hear about it, but it’s a sad fact that
unrestrained dogs die in car accidents every year.
your dog to ride with you is another important point to keep in
mind, and something you will want to approach with the same care
as any other kind of training. That is, start slow and proceed gradually.
accustom your dog to the vehicle by sitting in it with the doors
open and the engine off. Be sure to reassure your dog, pet him and
make it a pleasant experience, but try not to get too excited or
make too big a deal of it. You want him to accept the car as just
another place to hang around and be with you. Treats will assure
him that cars are a neat place for snacking. To a dog, cars are
just another area for snoozing or introspective world watching.
If you are quiet and passive the pup will take your lead and learn
speak to your pup. Sit quietly and try to show him that being in
the car is normal and not a place for rope tugging, barking or games.
turn on the engine and go through the same process of just sitting
with the doors open. Next, close the doors. Once he’s happy being
with you in the car with the doors closed and the engine running,
try some motion – but just a little at first. Perhaps drive in and
out of the driveway a time or two. Work up to a drive around the
block, then perhaps to the store. Once that’s accepted, you might
try leaving him for a minute or two at the store, while you stay
in sight. By taking it slow and making each step pleasant, within
a few weeks your dog should be a happy traveler.
that what you do now will set the stage for years of happy traveling
course, you should proceed with this training from the very start
by using whatever supplies, restraints and other products you intend
to use on a regular basis, so your dog becomes accustomed to them.
However, even if your dog is a seasoned rider already, the same
gradual approach should allow him to become easily accustomed to
the use of a crate or other restraints or devices. Fortunately,
a large selection of dog auto travel supplies address nearly every
possible need and situation. Your job will be to select those that
will work best for you and your dog.
On The Road with Your Dog!
veterinarians and pet owners believe strongly in restraint for pets
in a car just as you would for a child. There are many types of
restraining devices for dogs that could significantly add to the
safety of travel and you should seriously consider using such a
device to keep your dog in place during a trip and to ensure additional
safety in case of an accident.
very first rule of traveling with your pet is to have an ID tag
or other means of identification securely affixed to the dog. Thousands
of dogs end up in shelters simply because the owners never dreamed
the dog would get loose or become lost while on a trip.
Seat Belt – Seat Belts, Harnesses, Barriers and Restraints
Car Seats – and beds
Car Seat Covers – and liners
Dog Crates – and carriers
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