Travelling With Your Dog In The Car

When travelling with your dog in the car, it is important to ensure that your dog is safe and secure.

According to the Highway Code Rule 57:

When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.

Here are some rules and suggestions for driving with your dog, whether they are in the front seat or the car boot:

  • Restrain your dog: Use a good quality harness, or a crate or guard, to keep your dog safe. There are many on the market so do your research first or seek advice from your vet.
  • Always carry water: Cars can get hot even when they’re moving, and dogs may become dehydrated on long trips. You can buy travel water bowls to ensure a drink is always on-hand.
  • Make regular stops on long rides: If you intend to be in the car for a long time, be sure to plan your journey so you can make plenty stops. Your dog will appreciate being able to stretch their legs, enjoy a drink and some fresh air and go to the toilet.
  • Use window shades: While these are designed for babies and young children, your dog may also benefit as they help keep cars cool and block out direct sunlight.
  • Try to help your dog relax: There’s nothing worse than travelling with an anxious pooch. Do whatever it takes to ensure your dog is happy, content and comfortable sitting in your car. This might be as simple as giving them their favourite toy.
  • Drive to fun places: If your dog only ever goes in the car to visit the vet, he may associate it with distress rather than entertainment. Be sure to travel to places he loves visiting, too.
  • Be mindful of motion sickness: Most dogs will outgrow this condition, but if you’re concerned about it, go to your vet as they may be able to prescribe medication. It’s also worth bearing in mind dogs tend to suffer less if they’re facing forward while you’re driving.

Remember, it is important to ensure that your dog is safe and secure while travelling in the car. By following these rules and suggestions, you can ensure that your dog is comfortable and happy while travelling with you.