Whether you drive to the park every day or have a once-in-a-lifetime road trip coming up, all dog owners need to take their pet for a ride at some point. But pets can be tricky to transport and may leave your vehicle scratched up and slobbery if you don’t have the right setup. Here are a few ways you can keep your car clean and secure when you’re driving your dog around.
Pick Their Ride
There are many ways your dog can ride in your car. How you want yours to cruise around will depend on its size, temperament, and your personal preferences.
Crate training is regarded as the safest method of transportation and can be done with any size dog. A small crate can be placed in the middle row of seats. It is important that crates are secured to the seat so that your dog isn’t thrown around if you have to turn or brake suddenly.
A larger crate can be placed in the back of your car. If you keep your dog in the back of your car, be sure that they have access to air conditioning or airflow when it’s hot outside, and heat when it’s cold.
Although you should avoid letting your dog sit in the front seat if possible, it may be the best option if you have a small car or small dog that can’t safely sit somewhere else. If this is the case, consider investing in a doggy car seat. These seats attach to your regular car seat and have attachments to keep your dog in place.
Cover the Seats
Whether you have a small dog that sits in the passenger seat or a large one that needs the middle row, cover your seats before letting your dog in the car. Seat upholstery is difficult to clean but seat covers can be easily wiped down and washed. Some can even be thrown in the washing machine!
Hammocks work well for large dogs because they protect your seats and prevent your pup from falling down in between the seats. This hammock is also waterproof and nonslip, so it will keep both your car and your dog safe during rides.
If car rides are infrequent, a tarp or blanket will do the trick. Just make sure that your dog is safely secured to the seat and that the windows are kept closed so that there is no risk of them jumping out the window.
Protect Windows and Doors
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