Archive for May, 2011
Happy Memorial Day from Sephi and Maya. Remember to keep your dog safe when you travel this holiday season. Travel safe and be safe wherever you and your dog go.
Pet Travel Safety
Keep your dog in the back seat with a pet net or pet barrier, have him wear his dog car seatbelt, or put him in a pet car seat.
Provide Water and Shade
If you are traveling a long distance, make sure your dog has plenty of water and do not leave him in alone in the car. Just because it is cool outside this time of year does not mean that it won’t get as hot as an oven in your car. If outdoors, be sure you dog has a shaded place to rest. You may also want to consider sunscreen for you dog – especially short-haired breeds.
Identification and Restraint
Before traveling with your dog, make sure all his id tags and/or microchipping have your current contact information. Your dog should be on a leash at all times when outside unless you are sure the area of a yard or enclosed dog park has secured fencing. If your dog is boating, he should have his own dog life jacket.
Barbeque Dangers Be Aware of the Surroundings
If barbequing, keep foodstuff away from your dog. Food like chicken have bones and should not be given to your dog. Dogs should not have onions, chocolate, nuts (except peanuts), or grapes. Fattening food should be avoided or it may make your dog’s tummy upset. Also, keep your dog away from the barbeque pit. A wagging tail can be dangerous around fire. And over excited dog may accidentally run into the barbeque pit, knocking it down or knocking out hot coals.
Be Aware of the Surroundings
Keep a close eye on your dog whenever he is around a lot of people, and especially small children. Some dogs are uncomfortable around a lot of people and kids and he may react negatively if he feels cornered. Your dog may be good around children and other people, but children and other people may not be good with your dog. Protect your dog’s comfort as well as his safety. Also, be aware of any loud noises which may disturb your dog. Will there be a military memorial service in the area where shots will be fired? Your dog will most likely be terrified of these types of sound and may try to escape them.
If you are like me, your dog is your family and you want to take him wherever you go. You also want him safe and happy. Pet travel safety and other pet safety is important. Enjoy the holiday weekend and every day with your family.
There is only one company who truly does rigorous crash testing on their products and that it PetBuckle. Other companies do the less expensive alternative which is strength testing, but only PetBuckle spends the millions of dollars to strength and crash test their products.
The two products from PetBuckle are the dog car seat belts and the kennel car restraints. The dog car seat belts only come in two sizes – small for dogs under 20 pounds and medium/large for dogs over 35 pounds. So if you want a crash tested product but your dog is between 20 and 35 pounds, what do you do?
Consider the crash tested kennel car restraints. You would have to purchase a hard plastic or wire crate as well as the kennel car restraints, but at least you would have a superior safety for your beloved pet. With kennel car restraints, your dog is buckled in with the crash-tested straps made by PetBuckle. In the unfortunate event of a car accident, your dog has a better chance for survival if he is in his kennel and his kennel is strapped in. Kennel car restraints are as good as dog car seat belts.
Shelley with http://www.bednbiscuit.com/ has her dog wear a dog car seat belt. Her dog, Kendra, is from a high kill shelter in Kentucky. She wears the dog car seat belt in order to be safe. Kendra does ride in the front seat because Shelley’s car does not have a back seat. If your dog must ride in the front seat, make sure the passenger side airbags are disabled.
Thanks Shelley for sharing this great photo of Kendra. She is beautiful!
We recently had a call from a customer who said their dog is very hyper in the car. So far, nothing has worked. He jumps right over the pet net car barrier, tries to climb through the metal pet car barrier, and won’t stay in a dog car harness. So what else is left?
Honestly, as far as pet auto safety products go, there is not much else that will safely keep him in the back seat. What is left is training.
Maya is crazy in the car too. She paces and whines for the first 15 to 20 minutes of the trip, depending on how far we are traveling. The first day I brought her home, she didn’t have a dog car harness so she was all over the place. She climbed from the back seat to the front seat, then from the front seat into my lap. I accidentally ran a red light because I was distracted from trying to push her off of me.
Since I knew her energy, I knew a pet car barrier wouldn’t keep her in the back. So, just like I did with Sephi, I trained her to wear a dog car harness. I had her wear the dog car harness around the house when I was at home and able to watch her to make sure she didn’t chew it. Maya played in the harness, relaxed around the house in the harness, and went for walks in the dog car harness.
Within a week or two, it was time for another car ride to the vet for her booster shots. Her experience in the car was much better. With her dog car harness, she wasn’t able to jump in the front seat. And she didn’t even realize it was the dog car harness that was keeping her back so she wasn’t inclined to chew on it. Ever since then, she has done just fine in the car.
If you have a crazy dog traveling in the car, I highly recommend you try the dog car harness. Don’t put your dog in the dog car harness right away. Train them to wear the harness for a while first. Then after a couple weeks, or even a month or two depending on your dog, try taking them in the car with their dog car harness.
We have gotten some fantastic reviews on the car Pet Net (see our post on April 30th, 2011). But it does have a couple drawbacks which you should be aware of.
1) Your car must have attachment points in order for the car Pet Net to work. Look at the uppermost and lowermost interior of your car to be sure there are places for the bungee cords to attach.
2) The car Pet Net is not intended to keep a determined dog from climbing over, under, or around the sides. The car Pet Net goes high up towards the ceiling but does not go all the way to the top. It does not go all the way to the sides or all the way to the floor. The car Pet Net’s sole purpose is to keep your dog from flying forward into the front seats in the event of a car accident.
Check out the crash test video of the only dog car safety harness to be crash tested – The Pet Buckle®. I would like to caution you before watching the video. Although the video is of crash test dog dummies, they closely resemble dogs. Visit http://www.immioutdoors.com/petbuckle/sledtest.htm to watch the video. And to purchase the Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness, visit Pet Auto Safety.com.
Thankfully, no one and no dog was hurt in this rearend collision today, but I feel aweful. I’m supposed to be all about pet auto safety. Buckling up my dogs is not enough. I have to drive safe too!!
Generally, I am a very safe driver. I haven’t been in a car accident in years. But today was my unlucky day. I had just taken my exit off of I-70. There is a yield sign after the exit ramp. The car that was coming from the other seemed far enough along that I didn’t realize that the car directly in front of me had yielded to it. It was completely my fault. I made the wrong assumption. I slammed on my breaks but my car didn’t stop soon enough. I bumped the other car’s rearend.
My car says Pet Auto Safety.com on the rear windshield so I was driving while advertising safety. But what was even more ironic was that the license plate of the car I hit had a personalized license plate that said the name of a dog breed. We are both dog lovers. Neither of us were traveling with our dogs, thank goodness. Most likely, the dogs would have been okay. But I feel absolutely aweful that I could have hurt someone and/or their dog.
The bump was very minor. Our vehicles weren’t even damaged at all. And the accident occurred at less than 10 mph. So with my sincerest apologies, we went our separate ways without making a report.
Thank you, fellow dog lover for your understanding. I am really really sorry and am very glad that you are okay.
It may be cool outside right now in this early spring weather. There might even be a nice breeze. But don’t be fooled. It might be nice outside but your car is like an oven. It traps heat even with the windows down and parked in the shade.
So please don’t leave your dog unattended in the car. Don’t let your name be in the paper under the heading, “Yet Another Dog Left in the Car Dies”. Even if you just want to go the store for just a few minutes, don’t do it. Skip the trip to the store on your way home from the dog park. Take your dog home first, then go to the store.
This is one of the worst ways to lose your beloved pet. A dog suffers terribly before he dies of heat exhaustion and the responsible owner suffers guilt. Check out MyDogIsCool.com for more information, fliers, and more.
Visit Watson Park in Lawrence, Kansas on May 7, 2011 for the Mutt ‘n Strut. What is the Mutt n’ Strut? It is a charity walk and fun pet event which benefits the homeless dogs at the Lawrence Humane Society. The Mutt ‘n Strut theme for 2001 is “Promoting Health & Wellness Through Animal Companionship”. Take your dog and join the walk, enter fun contests with your dog, meet pet rescue groups and dog trainers, and shop at the exhibitor booths. Pet Auto Safety.com will have a booth there along with some dog and cat figurines form the Animal Figurine Store.com. Other vendors will be selling dog toys, dog treats, dog clothes, and lots of other great dog stuff.
Remember May 7th and visit Watson Park in Lawrence, Kansas to Strut your Mutt! For more information visit the Lawrence Humane Society website.