It’s the time of year where you start to think about getting away for a few days, making the most of the longer days and the sunny weather to visit new places or visit places you love. You may even be going on holiday up country or abroad. If you’re a dog lover, like I am, you’re probably going somewhere your faithful friend can join you. Sometimes our trips take us many miles from Looe and with that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of 5 essential tips of what to think about when travelling long distances this summer.
Pack the essentials
Our first tip for travelling with your dog over a long distance is to make sure you’ve packed the essentials. With the summer weather cars can get really hot, really quickly, so having water and a bowl is absolutely imperative. Also, don’t forget their lead, pack some food and treats. (Another tip here is to avoid giving your dog any human junk food as this could make them hyper and a nightmare to journey with.)
Exercise Before You Leave
Before you set off on your journey, take your dog for a dog walk, if you can’t, give us a call and we’ll come do it for you. Giving your dog a good bout of exercise will help them to sleep on the journey. They’ll want a good drink when they come in so make sure you allow an early stop in the journey so they can get out and go for a wee.
Plan Regular Breaks
Our third tip is to make sure you plan regular breaks so that your fellow-canine-road-tripper can get out, stretch his or her legs and go about their business. Remember to pack the poo bags and dispose of them in waste bins provided at service stations. You can view the service stations up and down the UK by visiting motorwayservices.info
Think about the safety of your pooch, having them sit on your knee whilst in the passenger seat is not only dangerous for your dog but can put the entire car at risk. Keeping your dog in the back and investing in some seat belts that clip to your dog’s harness is an excellent way of keeping them safe in the car, even if the worst should happen.
Remaining safe on the journey is the first part but be really careful when you decide to stop if you don’t use the dog seat belts. Your dog may bolt from the car when you open a door, it can happen suddenly and end tragically.
Dogs Die In Hot Cars
Many people still believe it is okay to leave your dog in the car if the window is slightly ajar and you are parked in the shade. This is wrong and can lead to a heart-breaking scenario you never want to be in.
Dogs bodies work differently to humans, they don’t sweat like we do which means their body heat can reach temperatures that can be dangerous to their health and may even kill them. At 22 degrees, cars can reach 47 degrees within one hour!
If you see a dog left in a car on a hot day, call 999. If you want more information on this, visit the RSPCA website.