By Euro Weekly News Media • 15 July 2011 • 8:05
It is not kind or safe to allow a dog freedom in a car. Both the dog and you will feel much safer if it is either secured in a travel kennel or restrained on the floor with a dog guard between you and it.
An unrestrained dog could fly through the air, go through the windscreen or break your neck in an accident. So always make sure that the dog is properly restrained in the rear of the car. In many parts of Europe it is an offense to allow dogs to be loose or unsecured in cars. A costly fine can result if stopped by the police.
Part of the problem is caused when the puppy is brought home from the breeder on the lap and, while it is still small, continues to travel in that way. When it gets bigger it is put in the back of the car and, not surprisingly, does not like it. This can result in barking and jumping about. The owner turns round to shout and an accident can happen.
Some owners let dogs hang their heads out of the window. This can cause severe eye and nose problems and many a dog has been killed having jumped out of a travelling car.
If your dog gets over-excited because it knows it is being taken somewhere in the car to walk or run freely, take it around the block or to the shops and back again sometimes, without allowing it the excitement of a walk.
If you missed the first part to this story never leave a dog unattended in a car in last weeks edition.
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