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Car safety for dogs: How to train your dog to ride in the car

Car safety for dogs: How to train your dog to ride in the car

Many dog owners love taking their canines on road trips, however, snot all dogs know how to behave in the car, so it’s up to us to make those trips as safe as possible. But how do we do it, how do we train our dog to ride in the car the safe way?

First of all, for everyone’s safety dogs shouldn’t be riding on the driver’s lap, or unrestrained in the car. Dogs should also never ride in the back of a pickup truck (which is illegal in many areas). No matter if they are loose, tethered, or crated. When dogs are riding in a vehicle, they should be in a crate or secured with a crash-tested dog seatbelt.

Secondly, seatbelts! Seatbelts are great options if your vehicle isn’t large enough to accommodate an appropriately sized crate for your dog. This will prevent your dog from being injured or ejected from the car in the event that you have to brake quickly, or in a worse case if you get into an accident. 

To learn more about car safety for dogs please visit the American Kennel Club website or click HERE.