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5 Tips For Making Your Car Dog Friendly

Compact Cars, Bridgend

March 27, 2017 at 11:55 AM


A lot of dog owners would know the heartbreak associated with leaving their dogs behind when they are headed out. The ‘puppy dog eyes’ coupled with heart-wrenching whimpering is something that most dog owners just cannot put up with. As a result, they are inclined to taking their pet dogs along with them in the car whenever they are headed out, be it for a short trip or an extended road trip. While travelling with your pet is a fun and enjoyable thing to do, you need to make sure that your car is dog-friendly so that even your furry friend would be able to enjoy the ride! Listed below are the top 5 tips for making your car dog friendly:

Create a Doggy Seat

Making your car dog friendly is the very first step that you should take. After all, your dog is stepping away from his ‘den’ at home and going into an unfamiliar setting. To make this transition easy for your dog, simply put your dog’s blanket or bed (if you have the space) on the backseat of the car. This is quite effective because the bed/blanket carries the scent the dog is familiar with, so the dog wouldn’t feel like he/she is in an unfamiliar setting or environment. 

Restrain your Dog 

This is yet another crucial step in making your car more dog friendly. A safety harness for restraining your dog is essential as it plays the role of a seat belt. Pet harnesses (for use in cars) can easily be purchased from pet stores. When you have a ‘seat belt’ for your pet you can breathe easy because it protects your dog from getting injured by banging around the vehicle due to sharp breaks, turns, sudden jerks or impacts. Besides, in some countries it is mandatory as per the law for the animals to be restrained during car journeys. 

Snack Basket

Now that the safety factor is taken care of, you’ll need to concentrate on making more dog friendly in terms of food. It is common for dogs to develop anxiety during car rides, especially if they are not accustomed to them. As a dog owner, you need to ensure that your car has a snack basket for the dog with all of his/her favorite snacks and a bone to chew on (for distraction). Also, it isn’t fun travelling with a hungry dog! Besides, you can also use these treats for rewarding your dog when he/she exhibits good behavior.

Replace Floor Mats

Travelling with humans is one thing and travelling with dogs is another. In case your car has cloth floor mats then you’ll need to take certain precautions for when your dog pees, excretes, drools or even leaves grass/dirt/debris on them. It is very difficult to clean or get rid of the odour from cloth floor mats. Therefore, it is advisable to replace these with plastic or rubber mats for easy clean up. 

Pet Ramps

Lastly, if you’re travelling with a small dog or an older dog it might be difficult for your furry friend to hop on to the car. Thus, a pet access ramp is an ideal addition to your car. Not only does it prevent injury to your dog but it also ensures that there are no scratches made to the car when the dog is trying to hop in or out. 

Don’t have a car yet but wish to take your dog for a ride? At Compact Cars we offer you a ‘Pay As You Drive’ scheme. We accept all applications irrespective of the credit score and our scheme comes with low deposits. 


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