Are you prepared to travel with your dog this holiday season? Before packing up the car, make sure you have everything you need to keep you and your pup safe. Many states have laws on traveling with pets, for example New Jersey police can stop and fine anyone they determine to be incorrectly transporting a pet in a car and the fine is not cheap! Fines start at $250 and go as high as $1,000.
Distracted Driving: Almost every state, if your pet causes you to crash, it’s a violation covered under distracted driving laws. The best solution to make sure your dog does not distract you while driving is the Sleepy Pod Clickit Harness. Clickit was designed specifically to keep your doggie passengers in their seats at all times, even in an accident. If your dog is secured to their seat, then they are not hanging out the window, climbing on passengers, distracting the driver, or thrown dangerously up front in the case of a sudden stop or accident.
Motion Sickness: Do not feed your dog a lot before the trip or while driving as they are prone to motion sickness. Wait until you stop for a break and you can give them a small snack, preferably high in protein.
Exercise Your Dog: The most important thing you can do is make sure your dog has been well exercised before they go in the car for a long drive. If they burn off excess energy, they will be more inclined to rest.
Take A Break: Traveling with a dog is a little bit like traveling with a child. Even if you can push yourself to keep going for hours on end to arrive at your destination faster, dogs have different needs. Expect to stop every two or three hours to let them get out, stretch their legs, and do their business. It’s also good to spend a little time playing or walking during the break to get rid of some pent-up energy.
No Power Windows: If your car has power windows shut them off. It’s quite easy for your dog to accidentally open them with a simple press of their paw. Overexcited dogs have been known to jump out of moving vehicles, or simply taking a wrong step could lead to the window being closed on their neck and choking them.
Water Bowls: Dogs need regular access to water. The best way to ensure that is to always have water on hand and bring along the Pet Dinette. This holds food, water, and a leash. You can also clip on a poop bag holder to the leash making this the perfect travel accessory for your dog.
Lap Dogs: It is against the law and is never safe to drive with a dog in your lap, or to let them ride in the open area of a vehicle (such as the back of a pickup), or to leave them alone in your car — especially in warmer weather.
Rules of the Road: Never leave your dog in a parked car, especially when it’s warm out. Even with the window cracked open, the car can quickly turn into an oven, and your dog will get dehydrated.
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