Travelling with pets
Many people love to go away with their pets – whether on day trips or longer holidays. It’s a great way to spend time with our four-legged friends, but keeping them safe while travelling will help to ensure a fun day for everyone.
Introduce your pet to the car from an early age – allow your pet to explore inside your parked car in their own time, under supervision in a safe area. Leave the doors open so they can come and go as they please and reward their relaxed behaviour. Gradually build up from this – first, by getting your pet used to the seat belt or carrier, then just turning the engine on to help them get used to the noise. When they are comfortable with this, go for a short drive.
Take dogs for a walk before the journey – this is a good way for your pet to burn off excess energy and prevent them from becoming restless.
Always ensure your pet is secured before setting out on a journey – using a suitable harness will help keep you, your passengers and your pet safe from harm in the event of an accident.
Make regular stops – to give your dog a chance to stretch their legs and relieve themselves to prevent ’accidents’ in the car – only exercise on the lead if the area is unfamiliar. Provide plenty of fresh drinking water during breaks.
Never let dogs lean out of the window of a moving vehicle – their eyes or nose can be injured by debris or small stones kicked up from the road. Pets have also been known to fall out or be injured by passing vehicles.
Drive steadily – try not to brake sharply or accelerate too fast as this can be stressful or frightening for your pet.