January is Train Your Dog Month. But as anyone who has any experience in the matter knows, training dogs is largely about training yourself on how to understand your dog and what your dog needs, like how to care for your furry friend as he or she rides along in the car. That’s why with a little help from our friends at the Humane Society, we are sharing a few tips on how to travel safely with dogs.
NO ROAMING. A roaming dog in the car can be an enormous distraction to the driver. Dogs are impulsive and without notice, they can interfere with the driver’s ability to operate the car. They should be in a crate that is anchored with a seat belt.
GET IN THE BACK. Air bags can injure a dog if it is sitting in the front seat. Of course, a lot of cars now have side curtain airbags in the rear as well. This is something to research before travelling with your dog.
HEAD INSIDE. No matter how much your canine seems to dig the fresh air, the truth is that he or she can be injured by debris. And remember, they can get sick just like we can, so constant exposure to cold air is not a good idea.
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