Car rides are the favorite of many dogs. Sometimes, it takes awhile for a dog to love to “go for a ride.” Our Border Collie never wanted to ride in the car until he started going to Puppy Class. Now you can’t leave him behind. He’s the first one out the door and ready to jump into the backseat!
Don’t just let them jump in the backseat and leave them. There are some precautions you can take to make sure riding in the car will be enjoyable for both of you for years to come.
If you have any type of car with a trunk open to the inside of the car or with some other vehicles, you can have your dog ride in the back separated from you by a gate or a net. If you have a regular car, there are special dog seat belts and other types of restraints available. You don’t want your dog flying forward if you must stop quickly. I had a friend who’s Golden Retriever broke the windshield when she stopped quick. It can happen. You also don’t want him trying to climb into the front and distracting you.
Dogs love Trucks!
Dog owners who drive a pickup truck should not let dogs ride free in the pickup bed. It may look fun- we even begged to do this as kids. But this can create a dangerous situation for the dog and other drivers if your dog falls out or decides to jump out. Dogs that ride without restraints in the pickup bed may go flying if you stop short and suddenly. Tying the dog in the bed is not a good idea either as the dog may still jump or fall out and wind up being choked or dragged along the road The best and safest solution is to have your dog ride in the cab of the truck with you.
No Dog Left Behind
Never leave your dog in the car with the windows completely up—especially in summer. The interior of a car can heat up quickly, reaching temperatures in excess of 120 degrees in a very short time. This could cause heat exhaustion and even death in your dog. In some states, if someone finds your dog in a hot car, they can break the window to get him out. Always call 911 if you find a dog in distress in a hot vehicle.
If you are going to have to leave the vehicle and can’t take your dog with you, it is best to leave him at home for this trip. It is better to have him disappointed today than not around tomorrow.