Saturday, 15 April 2017

Travelling Safely With Your Dog

It’s been quite a while since I did a ‘doggy’ post on here. A whole year in fact! Check out my post on Keeping Your Dog Cool in Summer if you missed it! In a few weeks myself, Mr Mellifluous and Bailey will be taking a trip to the Yorkshire coast as a bit of a birthday treat for Mr M. But also for one of my first projects with a brand/business as a blogger.I’ll tell you more about that in August though, so keep your eyes peeled…

My Story

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about the risks of travelling with your dog in a car.
Usually Bailey is only in the car for around 10 minutes whilst I drive to the canal or over to Mr M’s house. I have travelled long-distance with Bailey in the car once before. He’s usually a good boy in the car and just goes to sleep until we have reached our destination.
However a few weeks ago, he attempted to climb from the boot onto the back seats. I have a dog guard in the back of my car to prevent this from happening, but this did not stop him. Through sheer determination he forced himself through a gap between the corner of the headrest and the dog guard. All whilst I was driving.
Fortunately we were on a quiet road and I was able to pull over and pull the dog guard down, but the damage could have been horrific if I hadn’t been driving such a short distance.

The Law

When I arrived home, I decided to look up UK law on dogs in vehicles, and the only bit of information I could find was article 57 of the highway code;
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, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.
I have a dog guard and this made no difference. I have a dog that will knock down the guard if it has to just to sit in the back of the car.
If you look online there are lots of different ways to restrain or protect your dog in the car. Halfords has a particularly good selection, including; dog guards, seat covers, harnesses etc.

My Travel Tips For Dogs

This post wasn’t particularly meant to highlight the ‘safety’ issue of dogs roaming loose in cars. I did want to share some travel tips with you… here goes;
  1. Take a dog bowl – there are special travel ones for food and water
  2. Make regular stops – if you’re on a long journey take a few breaks to get out of the car. Fill up that water bowl and take your dog for a quick walk so it can do it’s business.
  3. On that note bring poop bags with you
  4. Have a safety harness or dog guard to protect you and your pet
  5. Make sure you take your own dog food – you don’t know what you might get at the other end. If it disagrees with your dog’s stomach then things are going to get very unpleasant.
  6. Speak to your vet if your dog gets car sickness. Your vet will be able to prescribe the right medication or offer guidance on how best to look after a car sick dog.
  7. Never leave your dog in a parked car on a hot day. Just don’t.
  8. Take your dog’s own bed and toys. A few home comforts can really help settle them down on the journey and when you arrive at your destination.
That’s all for today. If you have any other tips for travelling with your dog leave them in the comments below.

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