If you want to transport your four-legged friend in the car, there are a few important points that you need to consider so that you and the dog arrive safely and unharmed at their destination. In the following you will find out how you can transport your dog safely and appropriately in the vehicle.
Since dogs are pack animals, they feel particularly comfortable in the presence of their caregivers. On the whole, there is actually nothing wrong with taking your four-legged friend with you on a road trip, especially since the car is one of the most considerate modes of transport for dogs. According to a recent study, however, more than 21 percent of all dog owners do not protect their four-legged friends in the car. If an accident then occurs, the dog becomes a projectile, which can have serious consequences. It is precisely for this reason that the dog should always be transported safely and properly in the car. There are two important points to note here. The most important point relates to the fact that the dog does not become a bullet. The second point is about ensuring that the dog does not get injured while driving. The following three security systems are recommended:
– Luggage compartment partition by grille
– the right dog box
– Securing with a belt
The protection with a belt is more suitable for smaller and lighter dogs, while the other two protection systems are ideal for dogs of all sizes.
Nowadays, different systems are available with which the trunk can be separated from the passenger compartment, so that the dog is optimally protected in the event of an accident and also does not disturb the driver while driving. This includes grids and nets that are specially developed for this purpose. In this way, stable boundary grids can effectively prevent injuries to occupants in the event of an accident. However, the size of the trunk should be taken into account here, as it can happen with very voluminous trunk that the dog is thrown around in the event of an impact. When purchasing a grid system, it is better to avoid thin and unstable solutions. High-quality dividing grilles, such as those from Kleinmetall, are commercially available, each of which is adapted to the requirements of the respective car model. These solutions use the fastening options that are already available in the interior and thus offer extremely stable fixation. Another advantage of these systems is that they can be installed quickly and easily, so that you can save expensive workshop costs.
Special dog boxes that are mounted in the trunk of the car offer numerous advantages. On the one hand, the dog cannot disturb the driver while driving, and on the other hand, in the event of an accident, the animals cannot interfere with the rescue workers. So that your four-legged friend is not nervous while driving, you should first get them used to the box. Depending on the dog, this process can take different lengths of time. In order for the Autobox to work properly, it must be properly secured. It should be noted here that larger and heavier boxes in particular are often difficult to handle. In general, you should refrain from purchasing so-called “soft boxes”, as in many cases these cause more problems than they solve. When buying a suitable dog crate, the following criteria should be observed:
– The dog crate should offer just as much space so that the four-legged friend can lie and sit comfortably in it.
– The transport box should be constructed in such a way that sufficient air circulation is guaranteed.
– Transport boxes that are provided with an emergency or escape door on the back are particularly useful for vans and station wagons, as this allows the dog to get into the interior of the vehicle in the event of an accident.
While dog crates have numerous advantages, there are also some disadvantages. A major disadvantage of a transport box for dogs is that it takes up a lot of space in the trunk and can also be quite heavy in terms of weight.