How to Dog-Proof Your Car
Traveling with dogs can be tricky, but it’s quite possible for the dog-proof cars and even car proof your dog for the trip. Most of these suggestions do not involve visiting pet stores and spending money on items you’ll need just once.
Pets are a blessing at home, but sadly — a nightmare when you have to transport them. The bigger your pet is, the more challenging driving to the vet or trips out of town can get. Dogs are especially tough trip companions; not just because they are restless and get car-sick but also because owners have to get rid of the mess and the odor dogs leave in your car. This dog proof car guide will make things a bit easier for you.
Getting in There: Ramps
Before we even get to car proof basics, there is one essential question: how do you get your dog into a car? With smaller dogs, you can always carry them. Older ones will usually walk/jump into cars voluntarily. However, when dealing with large and yet inexperienced dogs, you may have to get a ramp. Frequent travelers can buy a ready-made one with these pretty blankets for the pet’s paws.
Car Proof Basics: Covering up Your Seats
The basic step would be to get some dog-proof car seat covers — once again, owners can buy special ready-made covers when they plan to travel a lot. If you do not, no need wasting money on something you use just occasionally. Instead, use hail proof car covers that you probably have already bought. Spread them on your back-seat hammock-style; such constructions will protect not only your seat but also your floor. For leather seats, this step may be optional because it’s easy to wipe them clean after the trip. Still, even with leather salons, a scratch-proof car cover might be a sound step.
Safety Concerns: Buckling up
Not every dog will sit still through the ride, which can be pretty dangerous both for the pet and the driver. There are special seat belt harnesses to car proof your dog from accidents. Barriers (either fabric or plastic ones) between a pet and its owner are also nice protective shields. Even though it’s not always easy to come up with a DIY harness, this is the kind of expense you seriously want to consider even for a single trip — especially, when dealing with restless dogs.
Making Your Trip Trouble-Free
Another important tip to car proof your pet for the ride is to make sure it’s comfortable. Do not give too much food or water before the trip — remember, many dogs get car-sick. But, it’s a good idea to have some snacks for the dog, and some water in a bottle. Also, encourage your dog to go to the toilet before getting into a car. Or, at least, take some poop bags with you, just in case.
Following these tips will make sure your car is always clean and tidy, and your favorite pet is ok with any trips, no matter how long they last. Do you travel with your dog often? How do they behave in the car? Any extra suggestions for safer, more relaxing trips?