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Driving with Your Pet – Pet Travel, What to Consider

Dog in harness ready for pet travelAs anyone with children will tell you, there a number of important factors that you should consider when looking for a new car lease; how child seats fit and of course is there room in the boot for all that extra luggage you need when you go away. The same can be said about driving with your pets - there are some very important factors that you should take into consideration when leasing a car, because not all cars are made equal when it comes to transporting either of these two precious cargo’s.

A Nation of Dog Lovers

Man’s best friend; the UK is considered to be a nation of dog lovers, in fact a recent survey published by Statista found that 24% of UK households have a dog which means that there are plenty of people who will want to make sure they are able to ferry their pooch around safely. Whether you have a little dog or a large one, or even several there are so many cars on the market that there is sure to be something that is just right for you.

Travelling with a Dog – Pet travel -The Law

Any responsible pet owner is probably well aware of the law when it comes to pet travel, however its always worth a mention:

Rule 57 of the highway code states that when you are in a vehicle with a dog, or any other animal, you should make sure that they are suitably restrained so that they do not distract you whilst you are driving. This is also so that they do not injure themselves, or you, if you should need to stop suddenly. The best ways of restraining your pet in a car and making sure that they are safe is to use a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or even a dog guard – which ever works best for you and your pet.

How to keep safe during the journey Dog Safety Harness: Shop around to find the right one for your dog, make sure it is suitable for car travel.

Car Guards / Barriers: If you are travelling with a larger dog then a barrier which will safely confine them in your car boot space is probably a wise solution. They are widely available and can be purchased online.Pet travel can be safe for your dog - dog harness

Animal Crates: These can be placed safely and securely in your boot, in fact many dogs prefer the security of their own crate which makes this a very good choice.

Whichever method you choose it is important to make sure that your dog is happy and secure so that they do not pose any danger to you, or themselves whilst you are on the move.

Other important things to consider when travelling with your pet

In order to minimise the chances of your dog being travel sick it is important that you leave an appropriate amount of time between feeding them and travelling. You should also make sure that you take time to walk your dog before you set off on your journey.

During the journey, it is a good idea to make sure that there is plenty of fresh air in the car.

Take some water and a bowl with you so that when you stop your dog can have a drink.

All of these things should make pet travel a much more pleasant experience for you and your furry friend.  Do you have any tips on pet travel?