Summer is the time to get out and explore with your dog. Here are some ideas about safety taht you may not have considered. One of the topics we discuss in my PetSaver class is different ways to ensure the safety of your pet, dog or cat, while traveling in a car.
The safest place is secured in the back seat behind the driver in a crate or seat belt harness, applying child safety standards so that even in a minor rear end bump, your pet will not bedome a flying projectile. Pets and crates should never be in the front seat or on your lap. An airbag has too much force.
Crates should be secured with straps hooked to either the child seat hook or the seat belt system.
KEEP YOUR DOG INSIDE THE WINDOW
Crack the window enough that your dog can smell the air, but not put his whold head out. This action risks being hit by other traffic, roadside objects, getting debris in the eyes, ears and lungs and worse, actually jumping out of the car. We don't let children hang out the window, so apply that logic to your dog.
RESTRAIN FOR SAFETY
Your pet should have ID tags on the crate and on the collar, Dogs should be leashed before opening the door and of course pets should not be left alone in the car even if they are restrained.