Well the nice weather is here and summer will soon be upon us. If you plan to include your dog in your summer vacation plans, it is not a bad idea to start making the necessary preparations. In this series we will look at a few things to keep in mind when traveling with your pet.
Today we will look at car safety. While it is certainly no fun to have a dog bouncing back and forth and trying to get from the front to the back seat and vice versa, it is not merely an annoyance – it may actually be against the law.
A number of states have laws regarding the transport of pets and a violation may run as high as $1000.00. Before traveling, take the time to read up on individual state laws to avoid unnecessary trouble and expense.
In almost every state, if your loose dog is in any part responsible for an accident, distracted driving laws will apply.
Fourteen states and many local municipalities have laws that prohibit leaving a pet unattended in a car.
Turn off or lock power windows. These can present a choking hazard or your dog could accidentally open a window and jump out if he sees something that interests him.
Bring plenty of fresh water and a bowl. Make frequent stops for potty and water breaks – every two to three hours is recommended.
And, of course, do not let your dog ride in your lap or in the back of an open pick-up truck.
Above all, use common sense to ensure a safe trip for all.