Humans are not the only ones that have to buckle up when traveling. Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you or themselves”.
A Car Harness or a Crate are both suitable ways of restraining your pet whilst traveling and provide a kind and gentle solution to traveling safely with your pet.you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”
If you’re out and about this weekend, make sure both you and dog travel safely :o)
Your dog needs to learn to relax whilst in the car. Since many young dogs associate travel with feeling sick, or with trips to the vet, you will have to start from scratch. Spend time getting your dog comfortable with either the Car Harness or the Crate before you travel anywhere. Offer praise and titbits while your dog is wearing the harness or is in the crate. The next step involves getting your dog used to spending time in the car. Put him in as if you are going to travel but then sit and read or listen to the radio. Offer praise and something tempting to chew on to encourage your dog to settle and begin to associate the car with nice events. A good sign is when your dog can lie down and appears relaxed. The next step is to turn the engine on and repeat the process. Short journeys can then follow; preferably with very exciting destinations so that the car becomes linked with these places. If your dog is also anxious on walks or perhaps around dogs you should arrange for trips to places where he feels safer. You will have to work on overcoming any other anxiety as well as the travel problem. You may find that pheromone therapy helps to reduce your dog’s stress. Ask your vet about this product.
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