By Laurie Darroch
If you’re taking your dog with you on a long car trip, it’s important to take their needs into consideration. You want the trip to be as comfortable and calm as possible for both of you.
Movement and Restraint
Although it isn’t required in most places, it’s a good idea to have some form of restraint to keep your dog from running all over in the car, distracting you from your driving. You may opt for a crate, but if the drive is very long, give your dog an opportunity to take breaks.
Instead of a crate, you can use a harness designed for a dog that attaches to the seat belt. This gives your dog more ability to move around but not get loose, and it keeps them safer. They come in different sizes, so remember to upgrade to the correct size if your dog is still growing.
Another option is to buy a divider or gate that keeps the dog out of the front seat area and only allows the dog to move freely behind the divider, the way a taxi driver or chauffeur keeps passengers in the back seat.
By Laurie Darroch
Seat belts are not usually required for a dog to ride in a car in most areas. However, you do need to check, as some areas do have regulations. Even if it’s not mandatory where you live, there are good reasons for your dog to wear a seat belt while traveling in your car, and it’s a responsible choice for a human companion to make for their loved dog.
In case of a sudden stop or accident, your dog will not be thrown off the seat into another passenger, the driver or against an object such as the window or seat. Dogs do not have the same gripping ability to stay in the seat as a human does. Being restrained by a seat belt designed specifically for a dog will protect them as well as you.
By Langley Cornwell
As the economy continues to evolve, there have been some notable changes to the transportation industry. More and more Americans are switching to smaller cars, and sales of hybrid automobiles are on a steep upward trend. Families that used to be two-car households are figuring out creative ways to drop down to one car and eliminate the inflated cost of gasoline, property taxes, maintenance, etc. for that second car.
As a response, public transportation is taking on a more important role in the new American lifestyle. We have a long way to go to catch up with many of the countries in the European Union, but I’ve seen giant strides even in the small southern town where I live now.
Fortunately, some trains, buses, trolleys and light rails now allow pets. Be aware, however, that there are still many restrictions for this method of transportation when your travel companion walks on four legs. At this time, people that plan to have their pet accompany them must avoid Amtrak and Greyhound; neither carrier allows animals on its trains and buses.
Other than avoiding Amtrak and Greyhound, there are no standard guidelines to follow when determining whether a certain train, trolley or light rail system will allow pets and, if they do, what their rules and regulations are. Before making your plans, check for updates and new information regarding which carrier in your area of travel allows pets and what restrictions apply.
If you’ve determined that pets are allowed to travel with you on public transportation, make sure you both adhere to good travel etiquette. Here are some tips: