Pets make great companions on and off the road. But with them being active, how do you keep them still in the car to avoid any car accidents? There are a few things you can do to keep yourself and your beloved pet safe while driving. Keep Pets Secured Ensure that your animals are secured and unable to move around. Although some animals, such as dogs, love to stick their heads and tongues out of the window when their owners are driving, this isn't always safe because it could distract the driver. You don't want your view to be blocked simply because your animals are moving around. Secure your pets in well-ventilated pet carriers or crates at all times when they are on the road with you. Help Your Pet Adjust to Riding Some animals get car sick or just aren't comfortable in moving vehicles. You can play an important role in helping your pet to adjust. To avoid having a wailing, sick, or anxious pet on your hand, get your animal accustomed to taking car trips by starting him off with short trips. Two tips to help your pet get used to car trips are • Taking your pet along for a quick drive around the block This will get him used to being in the car and feeling the motion of it. • Driving to daily activities If you and your pet usually run to the park for exercise, take these few minutes to drive instead. Observe your pet for signs of anxiousness. As your pet grows more comfortable, lengthen the drives. Remember the old cliché: slow and steady always wins the race. Moving slowly is a great strategy for any long road trips you have planned because you are gradually preparing your dog to be on the road for hours at a time. Have Your Pet's Identification On Them Keep any identification or tags that your pet may have on him. This is a precautionary measure in case your pet happens to run off or you guys get separated. On the pet's ID should be • his name • owner's first name • owner's phone number You don't have to put your address nor your last name on your pet's ID if you aren't comfortable doing so, but a contact number is crucial because if your dog gets lost and then found, a phone number is the method through which the rescuer can establish contact. If all of this seems like too much work, consider getting a good sitter or dropping your pal off at doggy daycare. Let us be part of your solution so that you can enjoy your life while continuing to make sure that your pet is well-cared-for. References