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How to safely travel with a dog in your car

Posted at 3:21 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 17:21:06-04

Dogs love to go for car rides!  But if you're the driver, your furry friend could be a big distraction.

Personal Injury Attorney Craig Swapp joined us to talk about how to safely travel with a dog in your car.  Swapp says just like an unrestrained person, an unrestrained pet can become a projectile that can cause injuries to the driver, passengers and the dog itself.

Restraining a dog is as easy as going to a pet store or going online and finding the right restraint that fits your dog's size, temperament and personality.

Swapp says for small dogs or dogs that are nervous, a transport crate may be the best option.  For medium to large-sized dogs a harness with a seat belt attachment is a great choice.  Swapp recommends that larger dogs, who need space to stretch out, a backseat barrier may be the best alternative.

It's never a good idea to let a dog roam in the bed of a truck!

Even if a dog is restrained, it still can be a distraction, but they can be trained to behave in vehicles.  The American Kennel Club explains that a dog can be taught to associate the car with positive things.  Bringing their favorite toy along may help them feel calm.

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