top tips for travelling with your dog
pupgrade your pooch
It is estimated there are now more than 10 million people across the UK who have dogs. Almost two thirds (62%) of new owners recently surveyed for CarGurus via OnePoll said they had bought a dog as an added companion during recent times.
The most popular type of dog among respondents was a mixed breed, followed by a Labrador Retriever, Border Collie, German Shepherd and Jack Russell Terrier. Making up the top 10 were Cocker Spaniel, Cockapoo, Golden Retriever, Boxer and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
And 83% said welcoming the animal into their home was their highlight of the past 12 months. However, 64% admitted it had been more difficult than they thought it would be.
To help new, or future, dog owners to find the right vehicle for them, CarGurus has developed a new tool, the Pupgrader, which suggests the right vehicle based on the size of their dog and whether or not they also need to transport other family members. The tool, launched during National Pet Month, has been developed to ensure recommendations are made based on a fully-grown dog so consumers aren't caught off guard by a fast-growing puppy.
Gary McKee, fundraising and marketing manager at the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT), said: "Part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring you do your due diligence when searching for a car that suits both the needs of your family and your dog. Owners need to think about sufficient space, safety and comfort for their animals in much the same way they would for themselves and the human members of their family.'
Top (Ca)Nine Dog Travel Tips from NAWT:
Check your emergency breakdown cover to find out how your dog would travel in the event of a vehicle recovery.
If planning a long journey, ensure you allow time for comfort breaks for your dog to let them stretch their legs and go to the toilet.
Ensure the area in which your dog will be travelling is set to a comfortable temperature.
Never leave your dog in a hot car. Even on a cloudy day or when parked in the shade, a car can become an oven in a very short space of time. At 22 degrees outside, a car can heat to an unbearable 47 degrees within an hour, leaving a dog unable to reduce their body temperature by panting. This leads to heatstroke, which can be fatal.
Either provide your dog access to water throughout the journey with a non-spill water bowl, or ensure you have enough water to offer them at every comfort break.
Avoid feeding your dog within the two hours before a long journey to avoid travel sickness.
A back-seat protection or a double-sided boot mat can save your car from both damage and dirt. They work to protect your car interior from sharp claws as well as muddy paws!
In the autumn/winter months, particularly if your dog loves a muddy puddle, it's a good idea to keep a towel in the car to dry them before setting off on your travels again.
Some dogs are unable to, or are uncomfortable with, jumping into a car. In those situations, a dog ramp can help your beloved pet climb safely and comfortably into your vehicle.