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Pet Travel Safety

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. 

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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.

Pet Travel Safety

Travel Products for Dogs

The number of owners traveling with their pets in the car has doubled in the past decade. As younger generations are increasingly becoming pet owners, they are taking their pets everywhere with them. Before departure, you should always determine the right accommodations for your pet and if there are any pet laws in the area you’re traveling in to which you should abide.

In some states, it is illegal for your pet to ride in the car without being restrained. Not only can pets distract you while driving, they also can become a projectile during an accident. Only 28% of dog owners use some type of restraint to secure their dog in the car.

The most common restraint is a harness. Dog auto harnesses are easy to put on, comfortable and still allow your pet to see out the windows. A tether can also be used with harnesses to allow more comfort and convenience. Tethers are also adjustable to control the mobility of your pet. Some harnesses, like the Easy Rider® Car Harness, double as a walking harness. This is an easy way to travel safely and quickly start walking your dog upon arrival.

Dog Booster seats are also great for containing your dog in the car. Bergan® offers the Comfort Hanging Booster and Sitting Booster. The hanging booster is adjustable for different heights and hangs from the seat while the sitting booster has an elevated base that sits on the seat. They both offer storage pockets for travel accessories such as poo bags, water bowls and leashes.

Just like dog owners, taking a cat along in the car is more common among younger generations. Bergan® Comfort Carriers™ are great for small dogs and cats. They are often used for everyday errands or vet visits and are airline compatible. These soft-sided carriers feature mesh panels for maximum breathability and a washable fleece travel bed for convenience.  Some also come with wheels for easy mobility.

Don’t forget to give your pet plenty of water if you are traveling to the park or in the car for long periods of time. Collapsible bowls are easy to carry and store to keep pets hydrated.

Traveling safely with your pets, whether going to the park or on vacation, will make all trips more enjoyable. Learn more information at Coastal Pet’s Pet Travel Safety education center.