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Driving With Your Dog – Tips For Safer Traveling

Driving With Your Dog – Tips For Safer Traveling

Driving Safely With Your DogAnimal Behavior College believes pet owners benefit from as much information as possible on proper care for dogs.  Safety while driving is not only a topic for vet training programs or those in animal jobs.  It is for all individuals who love their dogs and want to ensure optimal safety standards when transporting their animal.

Alarming Statistics

While humans think nothing now days of wearing seat belts themselves, it is also important to minimize risk of the family dog.  Since most car accidents resulting in serious trauma for humans is the result of not wearing a seatbelt (64%), it is important to value the life of your dog in the same manner.  Thrown against a window, door, or even you as the driver, your dog can experience similar trauma if unrestrained. A 20 pound involved in an crash at 50 miles per hour will become a projectile able to exert 1000 pounds of force against what ever it hits. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) estimates that unrestrained pets cause more than 30,000 accidents per year. That is why Animal Behavior College stresses restraining your dog while driving.

Solutions for Safer Driving with Your Pet

There are several systems that keep your dog restrained/contained while driving.  The most common type is a fixed and secured crate with your pooch safely inside. When trained to ride in this manner, your dog can enjoy hours on a family trip or even a short jaunt to the vet’s office without being an unsafe distraction to the driver.

Another system recently developed is the Roadie by Ruff Rider Corp. which can protect up to 5,000 pounds of force, whether your dog weighs seven pounds or 160. Animal Behavior College advises pet owners to ask their professional dog trainer to suggest the most appropriate product for your dog’s breed and size.

Whether your pet is in a carrier or strapped with a harness, it is always recommended that dogs ride in the back seat of a vehicle. A relatively small fender bender that causes an airbag to deploy can cause a lot of harm to a dog in the front passenger’s seat. The force of an inflating airbag is strong enough to crush a pet carrier.

Driving Tip – Start with Shorter Trips First

Also, once installed in your vehicle, your trainer can teach you and your dog how to be comfortable and get used to the restraint system with short trips initially, which will then progress into longer trips.

All in all, pet owners know, as do all professionals in animal jobs, that protecting the family dog is as important on the road as off it.  You’ll both be happier as you travel.

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