How to transport a doggie in a car or Safety in the first place
The holiday time is approaching and all stubborn dog keepers take their pets with them, of course. But many of them do not know how to transport them properly in a car. In addition, the law deals with the issue only in general. It does not specify where the doggie should be placed or whether he should be fastened. You will only read there that "the transport of live animals must not jeopardize the safety of the driver, the persons or animals being transported or the safety of road traffic." So how can this be done to ensure the safety of all two- and four-legged passengers?
Not like that
First, let's talk about which method is definitely not safe. On the roads we often see cute dogs sitting on the lap of a passenger, sometimes even a driver. The pet should not be free in the back seat, not even in the trunk. The first principle is to safely prevent the dog from moving freely in the car. Not only can the dog distract the driver while driving, but in the event of a crash, he becomes an uncontrollable flying "cargo". Crash tests have shown that if a crash occurs at a speed of 40 km/h, the dog's weight will increase by up to 40 times. If you have an unsecured dog in the car, you also face a fine of up to two thousand crowns.
So there are two options for where to place the doggie in the car. First of all, it depends on the size of the dog and the car.
The safest option is considered to be the transport box in the trunk. It is available in several sizes - for bulldogs as well as German shepherds. The box provides the dog with enough space and comfort throughout the trip. It is good not to skimp on the box and bet on quality. Poor quality boxes can do more harm than good.
Our tip: For longer routes, there is a trick in the form of a travel bowl, from which water does not spill while driving. The dog thus has a drinking regime at all times.
You can also transport the doggie in a trunk on the blanket, which protects the space from dirt and hairs. For this variant, however, it is recommended to purchase a grille between the rear seats and the trunk. The dog cannot jump out of the trunk or fly forward in the event of a crash.
If you have a smaller dog and decide to transport him in the rear seats, you will need a safety harness. With such, the doggie can lie down in his favorite place and many times he does not even know that he is fastened. It is therefore suitable for small "nerves" that you would hardly get into a lockable box in a trunk. When choosing a harness, pay attention to its quality again, it is simply not worth saving here. Improper fastening of the dog may even lead to his strangulation. Padded harnesses are practical, padding absorbs pressure in the event of a crash. A seat belt should also be included, which you can easily attach to the car belt using a climbing karabiner. Definitely do not fasten the dog with a collar, always use only a harness!
Then you only need the protective blanket of the rear seats to perfection. The doggie will have comfort on it and at the same time he will not get the seats dirty. It is adapted to cover the entire space, so it does not release a single hair!
Finally, we remind you that it is important to adapt the ride to the doggie. If you do not want him to fly in the car "like a noodle in a can", try to limit heavy braking and fast zigzagging in curves. The basis is, if possible, a comfortable smooth ride with breaks to stretch the paws.
So have a safe journey!