Tips for Driving With Your Dog

Does your dog travel in your car? Dogs love to go along for a ride, whether it’s for a trip to one of Clark County’s great dog parks or a multi-day adventure. Even though dogs are good travelers, there are things you can do to make them comfortable and safe. Here’s what you need to know.

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Learn tips keeping dogs safe and happy while they travel in your car.

Regular vacuuming and detailing keeps your car clean even in the face of a rambunctious dog.

Make sure your dog’s collar includes a tag with your name and contact information. Your pet should have a microchip with current contact information. If your dog gets loose in an unfamiliar area, a microchip gives it a better chance of being returned to you.

Keeping Your Car Clean

Dogs are messy, bless their little hearts. Between drool and droppings, there’s a host of ways a dog can dirty the interior of a car. Even if your dog travels in a crate, it’s hard to avoid muddy paw prints when you live in the wet climate of the Pacific Northwest. Vacuum your car’s interior regularly, and wipe down the windows as needed. For a deeper clean, get your car detailed once or twice a year, or more often if it needs it.

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Some states require pets be restrained while in cars. Whatever the regulations where you’re driving, take steps to protect yourself and your dog. Crates are the best way to keep a pet safe while traveling. Get a well ventilated crate that’s big enough for your dog to stand and turn. Secure the crate so it doesn’t shift. If you don’t use a crate, a dog seatbelt or harness or will keep a pet from wandering in the car.

Pack a Doggy Bag

Keep a bag in the car with your pet’s essentials: bottled water, a leash, an emergency kit and a bowl. Carry a pet scoop and plastic bags. If you’re going on a long trip, you’ll need to pack food, but don’t feed your pet during the trip. It’s best to feed a dog several hours before the drive or when you reach your destination.

Take Frequent Breaks

Plan to take a break every couple of hours. Leash your pet and let it stretch its legs and relieve itself. Offer your dog water.

Never Leave a Dog Unattended in the Car

Dogs die in hot cars. It only takes a few minutes for the interior temperature of a car to soar to levels harmful to dogs. Even with the windows down, it’s easy to underestimate a car’s interior temperature on a warm day. It isn’t safe to leave your dog in a cold car, either.

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