At the start, favor short trips and then take him for walks so that the dog associates transport by car with a pleasant moment. In cool weather, take the animal when you go for a quick run, for example going to the bakery, and leave the animal alone so that it can get used to this eventuality without panicking. This will prepare him for future long trips.
To properly organize the transport of your dog, here are some tips and accessories that will serve you well.
You should not feed your dog before leaving to avoid the risk that a car trip will make him vomit. Feed him several hours before departure to give him time to digest his meal. If you know your dog tends to get sick in the car, ask your vet for some nausea medication.
If the dog is used to being very excited when traveling, you can also ask the vet for some tranquilizers and give them before the big trip. Take his health record with you because vaccinations can be checked, especially in certain high-risk regions. When you go on vacation, equip your dog with a collar with your name, address and phone number on it. If your dog gets lost or runs away, you will find him more easily. Finally, to make your trip choose a time of the day when it is not too hot and take water and a container with you to be able to hydrate your dog.Comfortably seat your dog in the car
Protect your seats with an old blanket, blanket or tarp specially designed for your dog to avoid getting your car too dirty. The advantage of dog blankets is that they don’t catch hair like a blanket. It is enough to shake the blanket out of the vehicle to remove the hairs lost by the animal during the journey. You must install your dog in the back of the car and especially not in the front on the passenger seat. You will have the choice between the back seat and the trunk according to your preference and your habits. It is better to equip your car with a dividing net or a grille designed for cars. This is recommended for your safety and that of your companion in the event of an accident. In fact, in the event of a violent impact, any load in the back of a vehicle risks tipping forward and colliding with you, which could lead to serious injuries or even death.
This is the reason why a net or a grid must be installed which will allow the dog to be retained in the event of an accident.
For added security you can tie the dog up with a dog seat belt that clips to the belt clip on one end and attaches to the dog collar on the other end.
It is an accessory that is really inexpensive and is part of the minimum to have to transport a dog. On the same principle, there are dog harnesses which also clip to the seat belt clip. Small dogs will be transported in a transport cage. It must be adapted to the size of the animal. Small animals can also be installed in a transport bag. It is possible to purchase a transport cage for large dogs, but this installation requires space in the vehicle. Finally, know that there are car seats for dogs. It is a good alternative to the carrier with the advantage of being open on the top and is much more comfortable for the dog.
You should plan to stop about every two hours for a minimum of fifteen minutes so that your dog can stretch his paws a little and do his business.
Take some time to get your dog to play for his well-being and yours. During this break give it a drink and keep it in shady spaces. As far as possible try to park your car in the shade and if necessary ventilate it well before bringing your animal back on board in order to avoid heatstroke.
If you must leave the vehicle, equip the dog with his leash and take him with you. You should never leave a dog locked in a car in hot weather, even for a short time. This is the risk of severe sunstroke for the dog. Even if your dog is obedient when you are in unfamiliar land, the animal loses its bearings. It is therefore preferable to keep it on a leash.
When driving, leave a very small opening in the window for your dog to get some fresh air. However, make sure that he does not manage to put his head out of the window, it is very dangerous for the animal.
There are screens to be attached to the glass to open the window a little more and prevent the dog from putting his head in it.
Beware of traffic jams especially if your car does not have air conditioning, again the heat may interfere with the trip, especially for your dog.
It is forbidden to let an animal navigate in the car even if it is stationary. You risk a fine of around € 22 but the offense is not always noted by the police. The highway code requires that the dog be tied up or in a transport cage. Grabbing a dog on its lap, letting it get in the front of the vehicle, or moving freely in the car is dangerous behavior for you and for the animal. The legislation also specifies that the driver of the vehicle must be able to control all the controls of the car without anything interfering with his gestures and movements.
As with all trips, it is more comfortable to be well prepared before departure. Your dog will quickly get used to following you everywhere selling your vacation and you will find it unconstraining if you have the right equipment and the right attitudes. You will find basic accessories that don’t cost a lot but are a must have for the smallest road trip with your dog.
Beyond safety for long trips, do not hesitate to provide your dog with more comfort with, for example, a car seat for dogs.