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There are not many things more joyful than a dog out for a ride with his owner, head hanging out of the window, the wind blowing his ears back, tongue hanging out happily. And while we all enjoy making our dogs happy, just as we do with children, we need to make sure that we take their safety into consideration.
It is a sad truth that what our dogs enjoy doing isn’t always safe for them. Over the years we have had the following cases in:
A dog sitting in your lap while you’re driving is also a safety hazard and a distraction. If you were to be involved in an accident, the dog would almost certainly be seriously injured or possibly even killed by being in-between the impact of your body with the steering wheel or air bag.
The safest place for any pet riding in a vehicle is in a carrier. This will prevent him from being a distraction for you while you are driving. It will also keep him from being thrown around if there is an accident or from escaping the car and becoming lost or injured by other vehicles. An alternative to a carrier for dogs are several different types of harnesses that you can run a seat belt through to secure them. And of course, if it is a warmer day, your dog will be better off at home. Even if you’re only running into the store “for a minute,” a dog left in a car can quickly overheat, even in what seems like relatively mild temperatures.
We know you love your dog and many dogs love to go ‘bye bye’ with their owners, just be sure to ensure their safety on your outings so that everyone arrives back home safe and sound.