Traveling with dogs in cars
It is indeed very appealing to the idea of
being able to travel with your dog in the car. However, sometimes it could
also turns out to be a nightmare. The puppy must learn from his earliest
training on the safe and socially acceptable way of traveling in a car.
You could also use the collapsible cage if your dog is of the smaller
Using Dog Guard
However, if you drive a hatchback, then
obviously a dog guard is a more sensible option. It needs to be strong and
fitted well to prevent your dog from climbing into the front passenger
seat. There are many types and designs made specifically for each make and
model of car. You could also find them in dog magazines or even from the
larger dog shows.
Training the Dog
Accidents could occur if the dogs are
unrestrained. In the event if you do not have a cage or unable to use a
dog guard, then the dogs need to be trained to sit at the back seat and
never to climb to the front. This is one training where a "no" should be
sufficient, but not if you used to let the dog sits on the front seat.
Another method to keep the the dog to the
back seat is to use a harness which is designed to clip to the rear seat
belt fastening. This will restrain the dog from climbing over. As for
distractions, some dogs can become great "barkers" when traveling in a
car. This is very distracting and dangerous to the driver and steps need
to be taken to ensure that the behavior does not become totally engrained
in the dog.
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