Driving With Your Dog – Tips For Safer Traveling
Animal 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.
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.