Keeping your dog safe while driving in the car -

Car safety for canines

Stopping suddenly in your car can cause your dog to become a catapulted canine! 

"A split-second distraction can be disastrous," says pet pro Luciano Aguilar.  "One of my biggest pet peeves is a loose dog jumping around in the car while I'm driving.  I hear it from dog owners all the time."

Having free-run of the car interior while driving is unsafe for the dog or the driver. According to Aguilar, there are three ways to keep your dog safe in the car. 

The first is simple training.  Teach your dog to sit in one place while the car is moving.  The second is car straps which is like a child's car seat.  These are available in your neighborhood pet shop or follow the links to the right.  The third is to use a pet-carrier crate, which is also the safest and best for larger dogs.

Aguilar suggests treating your dog as you would a human baby or family member. 

"You never know what can happen so it's best to be prepared," says Aguilar.  "Cuddling and jumping can come later once you've arrived safely at your destination."

If your dog doesn't like to sit still then a low-cost harness is the easiest solution.  For the frugal-minded, check out this dog harness for under ten dollars!

Our America Now pet pro concludes, "You'd never let your child roam around your car while driving, so make sure the four-legged member of your family is just as safe."

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