Every pet owner will at some time want to take their dog or cat in the car for a quick road trip or a weekend getaway. Traveling with you pet can be a great bonding experience and when you keep safety in mind your trip will run smoothly. At My Dog Collars we want owners and pets to have safe and fun trips on planes, trains and cars so we offer a few helpful tips that will make the traveling easy.
Know your Pet – Before you go planning a cross country road trip that will include your dog or cat ask yourself if they have the right temperament for a long trip. Cats are well known for not liking traveling at all and rare is the feline that will look forward to be caged up and put on a plane. An airline or train experience can be traumatic for pet and if you know your dog or cat is a classic homebody, think twice before bringing them along on planes or long road trips.
Prepare in Advance – Whether it's a day trip to the beach or a weekend jaunt to the country you need to prepare for pet travels. Most dogs and cats are not used to traveling so expect them to be antsy and anxious when you start driving. Regardless of how long the trip is it is always a good idea to bring along pet treats, chew toys and water so you can keep your little buddy full and happy. Summer rides can be very hot and you want to be careful that you don't dehydrate your pet. Bring along your pet's dog collar and dog leash in case you need to stop along the way. Letting a pet dog run out of car near busy roadways is extremely dangerous and you also need to be mindful of other people in the area who may not be pet friendly.
Using Crates & Carriers – When pet dogs and cats are in a car their curiosity knows no bounds. To ensure you can stay focused on the road it is recommended that you place your pet in a crate or carrier that will keep them comfortable and will reduce the chance of them distracting you while driving. Some states are now passing laws making it illegal to drive with a pet in your lap and it's is for both your safety and the wellness of your pet that these measures are in place. A split second is all it takes for an accident to occur and if your pet is not harnesses or in a crate the consequences can be severe.