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Monday, April 30, 2012

How to Ride Safe in the Car

Many people when getting ready to go on a trip to the local store or friend’s house bring their dogs along for the ride. One thing to remember is to make sure your dog is secured in the car or truck. This will protect your dog, family, and yourself from possible injury if an accident occurs. Here are some tips on how to ride safely in the car. Make sure your dog is comfortably restrained in the backseat of the car at all times using a safety harness or other protective device. It is important that the dog does not ride in the front seat for safety reasons. This also will cause fewer distractions to the driver. Also, if you drive a hatchback of some sort, remember that the very back of the car is vulnerable. Known as the crumble zone, this is not a safe place to keep the dog. Many like to travel with their dog in a crate, but remember to secure the crate with straps to protect it from becoming a projectile. A pet tube can also be used to protect the dog in the back seat. This can also help a dog who is prone to bark at objects or other animals outside the car. With many options out on the market to keep your pet safe and pending legislation in many states to secure pets while in a vehicle, it is a good time to start.

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