Our dogs join our family and soon become so much a part of us that we can’t imagine life without them, even if that means a few hours away on a road trip. This means we take them along on road trips and all manner of vacations, and also take them with us when running errands. When every other member of the family gets in the car, the first thing they do is buckle up.

The canine member needs to buckle up too. Doing so is a safety measure for you, the dog, and other road users for the following reasons.

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Most dogs can’t sit still in a car especially when there are new sights to see. Their fidgeting can cause distracted driving equivalent to talking on your phone while driving. In fact, some states such as New Jersey have put laws in place to prohibit dog owners from driving around with an unrestrained pet, and the fine for doing so is steep. In Hawaii, it’s illegal to drive while holding your dog on the lap.

A dog that weighs a mere 30 pounds might not be that heavy to hold on the lap. However, if a crash occurs and he flies out of a vehicle driving at 50 km/hr, he will hit someone with a momentum of 1500 pounds and that’s not small at all. Restraining him means in case of a crash he will not fly out of the car causing injury to others.

If a crash occurs your dog immediately becomes defensive and not so friendly to strangers. If he is unrestrained he might bite the people who come to your rescue, including paramedics. This will lead to more precious time getting wasted trying to deal with the dog instead of the injured people in the car.

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In case the dog bites someone, the cost of treatment will be on you. Your dog is both your legal and financial responsibility so it’s best to keep him restrained and avoid a situation where he is free to bite people.

If he is unrestrained he might run away from the crash site and right into the middle of the road in his confusion. This could cause a secondary accident as drivers try to swerve away to avoid hitting him and the passengers could get injured in the process. This can all be prevented by simply buckling your dog.

You can either use a dog buckle and harness to restrain the dog in the middle backseat, or put him in a crate and buckle up the crate. This will ensure your dog is safely restrained and not posing danger to you and other drivers.

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Dog parks are fun especially in spring. The dog can finally go outdoors without you worrying about the winter cold, and the colors everywhere and the green grass look like heaven after the winter gloom. The best part is the dog can play off-leash since this is a park designed specifically for canines. But just like everything else, dog parks are only fun if everyone is responsible. Here are things you should do to make the visit to the park fun for you, your dog, and everyone else.


Don’t spend too much time on your cell phone. Give your dog your full attention, both because this is your fun day together and because spending all your time on your phone means you are not taking care of your dog. Be attentive to what is going on around you and keep your dog in sight to ensure he is not misbehaving and ruining everyone’s fun.

Don’t bring children to the dog park. Bringing children to the park, especially young ones means you will not spend as much time controlling your dog’s behavior, and the child might also catch diseases from all the dogs present.

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In addition, avoid bringing food and drink to the dog park. If there are some dogs that are not adequately trained, they may cause chaos trying to snatch the food. Also, if the food is a snack such as chocolate it might pose danger to the dogs’ health.

Don’t take a puppy younger than four months to the park. Puppies are much more susceptible to illnesses so wait until he is older to have some fun in the dog park.


Make sure you read all the rules and regulations put in place by the park’s management. The rules are there for a reason; they help keep order in the place and keep all the dogs and humans safe.

Always pay attention to your dog. When you give the dog your undivided attention, you will both have fun, and and exercise like you had planned to. If on the other hand you are distracted, he might start picking fights with other dogs or engaging in other mischief that might end your visit prematurely.

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Ensure your dog has a collar with identification so that in case you are separated the authorities can easily bring him home. Also make sure his vaccinations are up to date to prevent him from catching illnesses from other dogs.

Only take your dog to the park when the temperatures are not too high. Remember most dogs have a hard time keeping cool. Take him in the early mornings and early evenings/ late afternoons.

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