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Friday, 28 February 2014

Not so easy rider

I’m after some advice for car journeys. My girl is not a particularly good traveller but we are fortunately to live in walking distance to woods so she doesn’t go in the car too often. She is a Cocker Spaniel.

I have tried a dog guard with her in the boot, but she does not like to be separated from the family and whines. I’ve also tried her with a harness that clips into the seatbelt plug so she can be with us, and she does like this better as she can sit next to one of my children, my partner or me, if there is someone else in the car other than the driver, but she does try to take the harness part off and is not happy when it is just me driving and her in the back. Is there something else I can try that will keep her calm and safe on car journeys?

Any advice much appreciated. Thank you.

Sarah Price, by email

1 comment:

  1. No dog should travel loose in a car - its dangerous to everyone involved, including the dog. So you must continue to keep her safely restrained - NOT just by a person holding her. The item should ideally be crash-tested for maximum safety, also. Try giving her a chew in the car (something like a Nylabone, NOT an edible as she could easily choke with the cars movement when the chew is chewed down. Try getting her a soft cushion to sit on, and keep someone calm in the back with her. Don't punish any whining hard, as this could make the situation worse.