My dog jumps at even the mention of the word car. Her tail wags, her tongue spills out, and I can instantly hear her nails prancing their way toward the garage door. Once we are in the car it is no better. She jumps from seat to seat, eagerly shoves her head out the window to smell the breeze, and gives relentless kisses to thank us for the ride. Worst of all, since she is a small dog, she has decided that any passenger’s shoulders are her own personal booster seat to see out the front window. She makes vet visits and general car rides a true driving test.
After two car rides with her it was noticeable that she makes driving nearly impossible and unsafe. Her constant movement is distracting and her choice of booster seat is less than convenient. If you have ever considered your dog a hazard on the road, consider these tips on how to make your car ride more enjoyable for both you and your pet:
- Treat your pet like you would yourself and any other passenger. When you get in the car the first thing you do is buckle up. This should be no different for your pet. Consider an auto harness with a tether so that they are restrained in the event of an accident and are not distracting you while you drive. The Bergan® Dog Auto Harness with Tether is perfect for this scenario as it provides security, confidence and convenience at an affordable price.
- All dogs seem to love looking out the window, but it is more difficult for small dogs. If you have a small dog who loves to look out the window but can barely reach, think about a booster seat. This restrains your dog and acts as a booster so your dog doesn’t have to use your legs as a stepping stool. The Bergan® Comfort Sitting Dog Booster is a great option as it is quick to install, easy to adjust and offers a comfortable interior.
- If your dog is too big to be a lap dog but still enjoys its car rides consider the Bergan® Auto Travel Dog Barrier. This keeps your dog from being able to jump into the front seat by keeping them safely contained in the back seat.
Next time you take your canine companion for a car ride remember to treat them like any other passenger. Buckle them up and/or have them secured to one area of the car so you can focus on the most important thing – arriving to the dog park safely.