Should you Let your Dog Hang their Head out the Window?
Your dog might enjoy hanging his head out the window to enjoy all of the smells and to get a better view of all the sights and sounds. However, as a responsible pet owner, it’s your job to keep your dog safe. And if your dog is hanging his head out of the window, that may put your pup in an dangerous situation.
Can my Dog Sit in my Lap in the Car?
It might seem like a good alternative to hold your dog in your lap while you drive. But this is not safe, either . It’s highly distracting for you as the driver to have a pet sitting on your lap.
In the case of a crash, your dog might be thrown out of the windshield or injured by the airbag deploying. A small dog might also cause an accident by jumping down to the floor where you’re trying to use the gas and brake pedals.
Can my Dog Ride in the Back of my Truck?
If you have a pickup truck, you might be tempted to let your dog ride in the bed of the truck. However, this is not a good idea, either.
Similarly to the dangers of sticking his head out the window, your dog might fall out, become injured by flying debris, or sustain ear damage from the wind. They could also suffer heat stroke and/or the metal truck bed could burn their paws.
It’s not a good idea to let your dog ride in the back of a pickup truck. If that’s your only option, however, American Humane advises that you put your dog inside a crate and secure the crate to the walls of your truck bed.8
How Should my Dog Ride in the Car?
Traffic safety experts say that it’s not safe for your dog to move freely around your car. So if your dog shouldn’t hang its head out the window, sit in your lap, or move around the car while you drive, how should your dog ride in the car?
The New York Times recommends using a travel harness to secure your dog in the backseat. You could also purchase a travel carrier that straps into place, ensuring your dog won’t go flying in the case of an accident.
When driving with your dog, it is important that you make sure they stay secured in the backseat. That way, they’ll be safe and you won’t be distracted. And if you’re worried that your dog is missing out on the full experience of taking a ride in the car, safely crack the windows very slightly so your dog can smell the fresh air from a safe distance.
Taking safety precautions while driving with your dog in the car is an essential part of being a responsible pet owner.
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