The last time we talked about the dog car travel tips, we mentioned the importance of taking care of things like:
- Leashes, Collars, ID Tags
- Food And Water
- Blankets And Baggies
- Old Washcloths…
This time we are dedicating the whole article to crates and restraints.
However, this isn’t always a good idea.
Your pooch shouldn’t be allowed to roam free within the confines of your car as this can be dangerous and oftentimes even fatal in the case of an accident.
Plus, an unrestrained canine can also be the very cause of an accident.
This is why a dog crate should be a must for dog car travel (provided the size of your dog isn’t a limiting factor).
Choosing A Crate
When buying a crate for your four-legged friend, there are certain factors that you need think about first:
- The crate should be just the right size – your dog must be able to stand up completely inside a crate and turn around. However, there shouldn’t be too much room as you don’t want Fido to slide around inside in response to the car’s movements.
- The crate should be well-ventilated.
- It should be well-structured and sound.
Once the right crate have been chosen, it is crucial to securely fasten it in place. If a crate is loose, the crate won’t be of much help in case of an accident.
On the other hand, if a crate isn’t the right solution for your pooch, you might want to consider getting:
Harness Or Barriers
A harness is also a great option. It is fastened to a seat safety belt and it provides your canine friend some freedom, while managing to restrain the dog in an accident.
If you are driving a van, a wagon or an SUV, you might want to consider getting a barrier. Barriers are also rather effective restraints, especially for securing a dog in a bigger vehicle.