You almost have everything ready: suitcases, backpacks, bag … Everything is protected in the trunk, or next to you, in the place where your most personal belongings can be safest. But what about Fido? Yes, your dog. Are you sure that you have taken all the necessary precautions to avoid hurting yourself or causing an incident on the road?
Whether you are going on a short trip or a long journey, the safety of the pet is not only a safeguard for life for him, but for ourselves and our environment, and every precaution is little. The licks, restlessness, barking, or even a light bite or an unexpected peeing can inconvenience passengers and distract the driver.
And the safety of your dog depends exclusively on you and the measures you take before starting the trip. Therefore we have five recommendations to keep in mind when traveling with animals.
When Driving A Car Transport Your Dog In the Back
The best area in a car for a dog is its back seat. A dog sitting on the front seat may distract your concentration when driving, which is likely to cause a dangerous accident. A fender bender (coming out at accident) may not harm you, but it can still harm your dog sitting on the front seat. It will be more effective if you can arrange a cargo liner that will cover the entire back area and ensure the maximum safety and comfort of your beloved pet.
If you have a small pet like Yorkie, it will be best protected inside a pet carrier. It will prevent it from running throughout the car, apart from interfering with the pedals or brakes. It will also refrain the nervous dogs from climbing up your face or howling your year.
If you can not accommodate a large crate for large dogs, you may put barriers to contain them in a particular area. Buy a seat belt built for canine and attach to your dog’s harness, mainly if it is a large dog and can not be contained inside a pet carrier. It will prevent your dog from going outside when you open the car’s door and from getting lost. Last but not least, make sure the dog has its head always inside the car.
A cozy box or cage
If you have proven that the dog is too restless or excited in the car, the best option, beyond the seat belt, is to create a small den. A cage in which you can be distracted along with some anti-stress ball and suitable for you to fall asleep will be enough for you to travel all the way calm and at ease. You can transport the cage or carrier uncovered or put it in a large box to leave more to your air, in its own environment, and encourage calm .
Keep it off your lap
Almost all dogs love pampering. But if you are traveling with a small and excited anxious puppy who wants to constantly climb on their masters, it is best that, in addition to the belt, a barrier is installed that separates the front of the car from the back . A mesh net is one of the simplest options to prevent the dog from moving towards the passenger compartment or towards the driver and passenger seats . You just have to make sure that it fits specifically to the car in question and, when installing it, verify that the dog cannot slide through any gap .
Stop every two hours
A long-haul trip can be heavy at times. Despite the fact that humans can decide to hold on and not stop to rest in order to arrive as soon as possible, if you travel with an animal, things change. Your dog will need to drink water on the way to avoid dehydration, eat some cookies and play with a toy, and he must also get out of the car to be able to move and relieve himself . A stop every two hours or three at the most is recommended.
And if the trip is long and you take advantage of one of those stops to eat something in a restaurant, we should make sure that it is suitable for pets, since it is not recommended to leave the dog alone inside the vehicle .
Check the car temperature
If you are going to take a long-distance trip, it is essential that you make sure to evaluate the temperature first . Because what seems like a pleasant and mild temperature outside the car may not be so much inside, with the heat that captures the sheet metal and glass. In addition, the thermal sensation in a pet is also different, and usually superior due to its coat. According to an investigation carried out by the RACQ ( Royal Automobile Club of Queensland ), when the temperature on the street is 35 degrees , inside a car it rises very quickly to 45 degrees, so leaving a pet inside a car, regardless of the risk of a fine, is very dangerous due to the high temperatures to which the animal may be subjected, which could cause heat stroke.
When Driving A Motorbike
Driving a motorbike with a dog is no way similar to traveling with your dog in a car. It includes a multiplied number of risks than that of using a car. You should be more careful and tricky while using a bike for a tour with your dog.
You can’t keep your pet on the back seat like a car; rather, you have to arrange a separate seat for the dog and install it on the back of your motorcycle. You can put the dog in it, and it should be pretty much comfortable for the dog. But still, there should be some sort of barrier to restrict the dog’s movement. You can attach leashes to the dog harness for the purpose.
If it is a small dog Chihuahua or Yorkie, you may consider a front or backpack carrier that can be attached to your back or front part of the body. It is a good idea that offers enough safety for your little pie, but there is a possibility of discomfort due to strapping too tight, and you need to be cautious about it.
But using an accurate-size dog carrier is one of the very few safest methods of carrying your dog on the bike. It may not be the most comfortable method always, but the safety is beyond question. It is a safe way for sure, but not for a long journey, as your dog won’t get enough space to move inside a carrier. However, long trips with a pet is not a right decision when you use a motorbike. Anyway, you can attach the carrier to the tank or tail of the bike, wherever you feel comfortable considering your riding style and ability.
You can buy a separate sidecar to be attached to your motorcycle. This is probably the safest way of carrying dogs on bikes. Not only will it ensure safety to your dog, but also there will be plenty of room for the dog to move comfortably. But you should restrain the dog inside the sidecar using a harness. It is the best riding solution for large size dogs.
Last but not least, do not forget to provide your dog with required safety equipment such as dog helmet, glasses, saddle, food bowls, bed, etc. 🙂