The dog days of summer are still here. The weather is nice and it is perfect to go out and do something. You grab your stuff for a day at the park and you see those cute puppy dog eyes begging to go with you. How can you refuse? Come on the puppy wants to go too. So you give in and bring Fido along. I know it is super cute seeing the dog with his head out the window, and having your dog with you while you are going for long walks on trails, or even just to visit a friend. But please keep in mind, this is only a good thing when the dog is safe. Reedman Toll Nissan wants you to know these tips to keep your pet safe.
Never leave your pet in the car. It doesn’t matter what the reason, never leave your dog in the car without the ac running. A 70-degree day can feel like triple digits when the car is closed up. It takes almost no time at all, in those temperatures to harm your pet. Don’t do it even for just a minute.
Make sure the pet has identification. Always have identification on your pet. While no one ever plans for their pet to get out and lost, it happens. By having identification on your pet, someone who finds her can help get her back to you. It also lets the spcas know that this dog is a pet and not a stray. That means, they try to find you and not rehome your dog. This is where microchipping helps as well. Make sure to have your dog’s rabies tags on too.
Consider Pet Safety Restraints. We wear seat belts because we know that if there is a car accident, the safety restraints keep us safe. The same goes for your pet. If there is an accident, your dog can be seriously, if not fatally, injured. Besides that safety reasons, having your dog in a safety harness helps prevent distractions that can cause accidents.
No distractions. We know that there shouldn’t be distractions when we are driving. No checking emails, not talking on the phone, no texting. This also means, no taking pictures of your pup, letting him climb onto your lap or even climb around the car.
Take Breaks. Remember that your dog can’t tell you that the car is getting to be too much. Take frequent breaks to let your dog get out and run around, use the bathroom and get out some of that excess energy.
Get your puppy out to the park, for a drive or on vacation with you. Just be sure to take safety steps to ensure the trip is fun for everyone.