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Driving with your dog

Traveling with your dog is easy with Omlet’s Cushion Dog Bed

Traveling with your dog is easy with Omlet’s Cushion Dog Bed.

There's nothing quite like jumping in the car and hitting the road with your furry friend beside you, their excited tail wagging at the prospect of adventure. But, ensuring a safe and comfortable journey for your dog requires more than just a leash and a pat on the head. Driving with dogs in cars involves a set of considerations, from safety rules to accommodating their needs, as well as the right products to help out on longer trips.

Is it safe to take your dog in the car?

Did you know that while most states have no specific laws about restraining dogs in cars, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Rhode Island require dogs to be buckled up? That’s right, there’s no federal law mandating the restraint of pets in vehicles but these states require the use of harnesses or crates to secure your furry co-pilot while driving. Even if your state doesn't have explicit laws, it's wise to prioritize your pet's safety by using restraints or crates during car rides. After all, a secure pet means fewer distractions and a safer drive for everyone.

But there is one law that many states have enacted when it comes to dogs and cars and that is leaving your pet unattended in a car. There are currently 31 states that have made it a crime to leave your pup in the car by themselves during extreme hot or cold weather conditions. The best rule to follow - just don’t leave your dog in a car unattended AT ALL and you won’t have to worry about fines or crimes.

Car travel with puppies

Traveling with puppies can be both exciting and challenging. A new puppy will be unfamiliar with the sensation of traveling in a car, and it’s not uncommon for them to have an accident on the journey - so be sure you have a cardboard box or traveling dog crate lined with newspaper. It’s also a good idea to have somebody else with you in the car to keep the attention of the puppy and to help reassure them.

To help acclimate puppies to car rides, start with short trips around the block, gradually increasing the duration as they become more comfortable. Make the car a positive space by associating it with treats, toys, and praise. Even if your state doesn't mandate restraining your dog in the car, your puppy is too small to handle any turns or bumps, so keep them safely secure at all times.

Dog car sickness

Just like humans, some dogs experience motion sickness in cars. To prevent your dog from being sick in the car, get them used to traveling from an early age, if possible. When you first get your puppy or dog, take them on frequent, but short, car rides during their first few weeks. Vary where you are driving to so your pup doesn’t always associate car rides with vet visits. And in order to minimize the risk of doggie car sickness, limit any food or treats prior to the car ride, and instead, provide hidden treats in their crate to keep them occupied and feel at ease.

Some signs of dog car sickness may include excessive drooling, vomiting, or restlessness. If your furry friend shows these symptoms, it's essential to consult with your vet. They can offer guidance on managing car sickness, whether through medication, conditioning techniques, or other remedies. In order to prioritize your dog's comfort and well-being always seek professional advice for any persistent issues.

Travel dog crates

Investing in a travel dog crate can significantly enhance your dog's safety and comfort during car rides. When deciding which crate to buy, opt for dog crates that are appropriately sized for your dog, allowing them to stand, turn, and lie down comfortably. The best travel dog crates have an angled front panel with a latched door so you can have easy access when getting them in and out of the back.

Omlet’s portable dog crates come in a number of different sizes and offer easy folding and twin-door capabilities. Whichever crate you decide on, be sure you introduce it to your dog gradually at home before using it for car travel. This will help your dog associate the crate with positive experiences and make the car ride more enjoyable for everyone.

Omlet and your dog

When it comes to catering to your furry friend's needs during travel, Omlet goes the extra mile. Our thoughtful designs prioritize the comfort, safety, and happiness of your dog in every journey. From innovative travel dog crates to designer dog collars to comfy dog beds, Omlet understands the importance of making every adventure with your pet enjoyable and stress-free.

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