Training & LifestylePreparing for De-BARK-ture: A Dog Training Guide for Your Next Road Trip

June 10, 2021by admin
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Automotive vehicles have been designed to keep humans safe at all times. If you’re a driver, you would always be reminded to keep your seatbelt on during the entirety of your trip, or deploy safety airbags should there be an accident about to happen. Babies are likewise required to have car safety seats to keep them secure at all times — but what about our dogs? Car manufacturers haven’t exactly thought about keeping our loyal companions safe inside the vehicle, so let’s take a quick look at this dog training guide for car safety.

A survey conducted by the American Automobile Association recently concluded that a whopping 84% of Americans travel with their pets in the car, but only 16% have been using the proper safety constraints for them. With the average number of car accidents in the US at 6 million per year, there is a very high possibility that pets (specifically canines) have either been killed, injured, or left in a state of shock for long periods. It is for this reason that many dog rescue groups and charities have been urging citizens to invest in crash-tested car safety products for their furry companions.

If you ever want to bring your pooch to your next road trip, some basic dog training tips can be implemented to keep them well-behaved in the car. As an owner, your priority is always your dog’s safety in the vehicle. Remember, a good boi is always a safe boi!

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Make space for a car divider or purchase a back seat barrier

A surefire way to keep your dog safe is by assigning a dedicated space for him in the car. Station wagons or SUVs with dividers between the back seats and the trunk are perfect for road trips with your doggies to keep them contained at all times. You can even install a back seat barrier if you have a large pooch that struggles to maintain its cool when restrained in the vehicle.

Let’s face it: not all dogs can keep themselves behaved for the entire duration of your drive. Some get random panic attacks, while others experience some form of carsickness. Because of these issues, a good back seat carrier can definitely help make traveling a little easier (and a lot safer!) for your pet. Back seat barriers typically have three major types: a net barrier, a cage barrier, and a hammock. While slightly different in material, all three types offer the same benefits for your pooch’s safety. You simply have to ensure that your back seat barrier is appropriate for your dog’s size and general temperament!

Pro dog training guide: Ensure that the back seat barrier is properly installed before you start your drive.

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Purchase a handy doggy crate

If you know your dog has a calm and confident demeanor, you can even take it up a notch by purchasing a comfortable dog crate! These comfortable doggie crates are perfect for any size, as long as you can determine the right fit for your pooch. Purchasing the appropriate crate for your doggie will ensure he is safe and warm during the car ride. After all, the dog crate will be your pooch’s den of tranquility and relaxation in the vehicle.

There are several ways to determine the perfect doggy crate for your canine, but dog size, the potential for growth, and behavior inside the vehicle are good questions to ask for starters! Most newbie owners would look at wire dog crates for their initial purchase, primarily because these crates can house almost any dog regardless of size and personality. However, we recommend that you take a peek at furniture-style crates or soft crates, especially if your dog is a miniature type! Finally, you can consider investing in a heavy-duty dog crate if your dogs are big bois! Rottweilers, American Bulldogs, and Akitas are just some examples of doggos that need a strong crate to keep them intact during the entire drive, so make sure you install a durable one!

It is your responsibility as an owner to make sure that your pooch would fit right in its doggy crate, but it can be a daunting task. If you ask yourself the right questions and purchase the perfect crate for your pooch, you won’t have to worry about anything and you can just focus on your drive. If you’re a new owner, you might want to check out these gift items you might need for training and traveling with your pup.

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Install a doggy harness

A harness seat belt for dogs can be a good idea…or it can be an absolute disaster. This predicament is the exact reason why dog harnesses exist in the 21st century. Harnesses work wonders when your dog has a naturally calm attitude or has significant training experience, because there is a possibility that they might get tangled and struggle to breathe with the harness wrapped around them.

Doggy harnesses are a genuinely smart idea to help protect your pooch in case of a rare car collision. Most high-quality harnesses have undergone strict crash testing and include seat belt attachments for easy installment. For newbie dog owners, finding the appropriate harness can be a chore that requires some level of canine expertise. While a portion of that is true, you can opt to simplify things and ask yourself the following questions: (1) What is my dog’s height and weight?; (2) What is my dog’s usual behavior when placed on the back seat of a car?, and (3) What are some breed-specific tendencies that I need to take note of?

Asking these questions early on can help you avoid purchasing the wrong harness, which can subsequently cause neck and rib injuries caused by choking. If you want your pooch to have the best driving experience, the perfect doggy harness will keep it safe and warm.  Your dog will feel surely comfortable for the entirety of the drive!

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Purchase a plush Carry Box

As a complement to doggy harnesses, purchasing a plush carry box is likewise a superb addition to your vehicle if you want to take your pooch in the car with you all day. This cute vehicle accessory allows your pooch to enjoy an elevated view where it can see its owners and surroundings. As such, it certainly is ideal if you have a small-sized doggo that tends to be anxious during car rides!

Installing a plush carry box at the back of your car is quite easy: simply place the item on the back seat, put your dog in its harness, and then proceed to attach the harness to the carry box. If you’re looking for a vehicle accessory that will keep your pooch ten times safer, plush carry boxes are surely for you!

Pro dog training tip: If you want a high-quality plush carry box for your furry friend, we recommend investing in a waterproof, thick carpeted box with anti-rust rings and mesh covers!

Let’s face it: dogs are just as susceptible to severe injuries in car accidents. If we can follow this basic dog training guide and do what we can to protect our canines from harm in the car, we’re surely in for a fun road trip! Check our other list of travel kit essentials for your doggo on the go.

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