How to transport your dog in the car for a safe journey

The number of dog owners who take their four-legged friend with them on trips is growing steadily. After all, we want to surround ourselves with our family, especially on vacation, and enjoy the time with them. Nobody should be left alone and sad at home. One of the biggest challenges for dog owners who want to take their four-legged friend with them on vacation is transportation. While humans can endure a long journey or flight without any problems, such journeys can psychologically take a dog with them. In this situation, he is not only in an unfamiliar environment, but may also feel trapped. On the plane in particular, he is usually separated from his master and does not even know what is happening to him. The reactions to this are different and range from great stress to aggression and fear. Dogs also typically need regular exercise to relieve themselves and stretch their legs. As the owner of a train or an airplane, you have no control over the breaks and, in the worst case, you cannot even be with your dog in person and calm him down. This problem is solved by transporting your dog in the car, where you can take as many breaks as necessary as needed. You should be aware of all these disadvantages of the individual means of transport before your vacation. Weigh them against each other with regard to the character of your four-legged friend and try to make a wise decision on their behalf. Would you like to transport your dog in a car, or would you prefer to take a train or even an airplane? Expecting old or sick dogs to go on such a trip is not a good idea and even very scared or young animals will not make the journey easy for you. In some cases, therefore, it is simply better to leave your dog at home and entrust it to a relative, a friend or a kennel for the short period of the stay.

What you have to consider when transporting your dog in the car

Probably the most suitable means of transport for a vacation with a dog is the car. Most animals already know it from trips to the vet or dog school and have thus got used to it. Some dogs even feel very comfortable in the car and enjoy every journey to the full. If this is the case with your four-legged friend, you are in luck, because it will make your trip to vacation a lot easier. However, if your dog has never been transported in the car before, you will need to get him used to it step by step before the long journey. The goal is to make the car a pleasant, cozy place for him to be, where he likes to be. In the case of frightened animals in particular, this process must not be forced in a hurry and under pressure. Therefore, it is best to start training many weeks before the start of your vacation. Having your dog sit next to the car without panic while the engine is running is a good place to start. Later you can let him get in and see how he reacts to being inside the car. Always accompany the training with treats and after a few weeks of "dry runs" drive him to nearby destinations that he might like. Transport your dog in the car, for example, for swimming, to the starting point of a long walk or bring him to a friend. In this way, he will associate the car with the idea of fun activities in the future.

How to properly secure your dog when transporting a car

If you want to transport your dog in the car, you are legally obliged to make sure that his presence does not compromise safety. It is important that it does not restrict your vision or your hearing and that it cannot move around freely in the car. If you transport your dog in the car, from a traffic law perspective, it is considered to be “cargo” that you have to secure appropriately. You have various options for this process. The best way to secure an average size dog is to use a seat belt in an empty seat. Small animals, on the other hand, are better off in a transport box that they cannot slip out of on their own. If you want to transport a very large dog in the car, we recommend that you attach a protective grille between the trunk and the back seat. He can then lie down comfortably in the trunk and is still protected in the event of a potential accident. If you plan to secure your four-legged friend in a transport box, you should get them used to this environment before the first trip. Put his dog blanket or an item of clothing you have worn in it to make the interior a little more homely and to lure him in with a familiar smell. The transport box should be a place for him to rest and relax, similar to a dog basket. Only when he has got used to the box can you transport your dog in it in the car. After all, he should feel comfortable in it and be able to enjoy the journey with you stress-free.