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Tips For Driving With Dogs

How to Drive With Dogs

If you're hitting the highway with your pooch, there are some tips you should keep in mind. We gave some of our advice for traveling with cats, but for the canine companions we've gone to an expert. Heidi Ganahl, CEO and founder of Camp Bow Wow, shares her know-how on driving with doggies below!

  1. Don't Throw Caution to the Wind: Be careful with car windows. Fido loves to stick his head outside of the car, but this can be dangerous. One of the most common driving-related injuries is caused by flying debris. In worst case scenarios, this can lead to blindness or nerve damage.
  2. Invest in a Pet Harness: A pet harness keeps you and your dog safe. According to AAA, unrestrained animals lead to 30,000 accidents annually. This can also prevent your pup from wreaking havoc in your car.
  3. Pack Provisions: Make sure that you have plenty of water and food for your pup, especially when driving long distances. To avoid a backseat mishap, stop at a rest area to feed and water your dog. Never try to feed your dog while driving; it will only create a mess that you'll later regret.
  4. Prevent an "Accident": If you're worried that your dog will go to the bathroom inside the car, always make sure to take Fido for a walk beforehand. Also, if you are going on a longer trip, avoid feeding your pet two hours before you get into the car.

For the rest of Heidi's tips,


  1. Car as a Second Home: Most dogs are perfectly trained to not go to the bathroom inside the house. Bring your dog's blanket or bedding to signify that your car is an extension of the home.
  2. Shed Fest: To prevent dog hair from taking over your car, it's important to cover your seats. Also, groom your pet before long car rides. Excess hair can easily be removed by grooming brushes and shedding blades. Finally, it's important to remove pet hair after each trip to prevent it from accumulating. A thorough vacuuming is recommended, but if you're pressed for time consider a lint roller.
  3. Lingering Dog Odors: From time to time, clean your automobile's floors with a carpet shampoo and baking soda. This will help get rid of the puppy smell. Keep an air freshener that kills bacteria in your glove compartment for a last-minute fix.
  4. Car Wash: If your dog likes to lick the inside of your windows, use a glass cleaning agent like Windex to get rid of the smudges.

Source: Flickr User Andrew Morrell

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LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 5 years
I'm surprised the article didn't mention different ways to secure your dog while travelling.
stellaRuby stellaRuby 5 years
Seat belt harness for my three. Is is pretty cute to see them all buckled up and riding nicely in the backseat.
SilkyMom SilkyMom 5 years
My number 1 most important rule - keep all pets away from airbags! A secure carrier in the backseat is probably safest.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Ahhhh. Sticking your head out of the window while in a moving car. It's all fun and games until someone gets a bug up the nose. *sigh*
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