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How to maximize compatibility between your car and your dog

How to maximize compatibility between your car and your dog

Dogs and cars. Two of the greatest inventions in the world. Yet put the two together, and you could have a recipe for disaster.

Let’s not speak of those crazy dogs who make a pastime of chasing cars down the street, still less of those who deign to mark their territory on the wheels of cars parked by the roadside. Instead, think of the issues involved with taking your dog on a road trip.

With a few admirable exceptions, cars were not designed for dogs – they were designed for grown-ups to drive, and kids to sit in the back being a nuisance. So when you encourage your hound to jump into the trunk or the rear seat, you’re suggesting he make a temporary home in a space somewhat inappropriate for him – which is fine all the same, until you consider that you will be travelling at high speeds through cities and along highways with him rolling about loose in the back.

It’s dangerous for him, and unnerving, too. It can be dangerous for you if you become distracted by his distress or, worse still, have to deal with a dog sent airborne by a sudden stop.

Even when the driving runs smooth, your furry friend is at risk if you don’t take appropriate measures to make sure he is at home in your automobile. He needs to stay cool. He needs an occasional stop to stretch his legs, burn off some energy, and – yes – mark his territory from time to time. And he needs to be kept away from treats lest he choke or get sick while you’re in motion.

A car can be quite hospitable with the use of the appropriate harness, box, or barrier, and a few other tweaks to make it canine-friendly. This new visual guide to dogs and cars and safety is an excellent place to start if you don’t know what you need. Don’t allow a lack of information to prevent you from combining two of the greatest inventions in the world!

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