KORU BEAR goes on many car rides, and he loves it. For the past eight weeks, riding in the car has been a pleasant experience, and he continues to learn to be a good dog passenger by being safe at all times.
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5 Tips: Introduce Your Dog to Riding in the Car and Be Safe
The first time we took KORU BEAR for a car ride, he was scared. He was unsure about how to jump up to the back seat area. As soon as the car moved, he cried and kept on moving around. We had to re-introduce KORU BEAR to a safer way to ride in the car.
If a crash should occur, an unrestrained dog can be quickly thrown from the car. An unrestrained 60-pound dog traveling at 35 miles per hour can turn into a 2,700 pound projectile in an accident.
Here are five things we did to help KORU BEAR have an enjoyable and safe car rides.
1. Sitting in the Car
To make KORU BEAR feel at ease in the car, we let him sit in the back seat while the car was parked in our garage. We joined him too; getting him acclimated on where we seat (front passengers).
2. Petting and Treats
We did lots of petting while he sat in the car. We also let him sniffed different parts of the car especially the seatbelt. KORU BEAR has a sensitivity to noise. So getting him familiarized with car sounds from the windows, doors, and radio was relevant. We rewarded his good behaviors with lots of tasty treats.
3. Short Car Rides
Once KORU BEAR got comfortable, we took him for short car trips (about half a mile) to the park. Associating car rides with a fun place or destination is important. Every day we took KORU BEAR for multiple car rides and increased the distance plus visited various neighborhood parks.
4. Time to Buckle-Up for Safety
Once KORU BEAR was familiar with the inside of the car and short trips, we introduced Sleepypod Clickit Sport dog safety harness. Sleepypod’s safety harness has received a five-star rating from Center for Pet Safety (CPS).
KORU BEAR is comfortable wearing Sleepypod’s Clickit Sport dog harness (in the car and as a walking harness.). However, being strapped-in for a long time made him uneasy. KORU BEAR is a young pup, and it’s understandable why he likes to move around. Taking multiple car ride breaks and going for a short walk plus the fresh air resolved this issue.
5. Patience and Consistency
We are patient for KORU BEAR to get acclimated on his car rides. It is beneficial having consistent travel safety routines with him.
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We’ve been traveling a lot for the past weeks, and KORU BEAR is having a very good time. I’ll be sharing more about his car ride adventures.
How do you keep your dog car rides safe?