Vacation is the most beautiful time of the year - and in many cases the planned destination is even luxuriously close. So what could be more natural than to spontaneously drive by car to the sea or to the mountains? Of course, the four-legged family members should also have something from the vacation, but how do dogs actually travel safely in the car?
Legal first - how the legislator sees the dog in the car
Should you just strap your dog in the car and drive off? The situation is not quite so simple (also legally), because in the case of a police control then a fine threatens. By law, dogs are considered cargo and must be secured accordingly to prevent them from slipping and falling. But up to 75, - euro fine and another 60, - euro plus a point in Flensburg with acute endangerment you accept surely still, in the foreground is however the security of your dog. How can you ensure that even without a dog box
Strap dog in the car - the safety belt for the dog
With the Safety belt dog or bitch to secure also requires a harness. Thus, your quadruped is stabilized by a triangle of forces in all directions. But you should supplement such systems with protective mat and partition grid.
A car safety buckle, a harness and a belt system are ideal especially for medium-sized dogs. You can tell if the harnesses and buckles are safe by the GS seal for tested safety.
For larger dog breeds, there is hardly any way around a dog box for the trunk. With small dogs, on the other hand, you have many transport options, even in a small car.
The same applies to soft bags, which must also be secured with straps.
But there are also special dog seats for the car, which are secured with a floor and four side parts in all directions. In the dog seat, dogs must still be strapped in and the seat must also be strapped in the vehicle. For this you do not need a special dog blanket to keep the upholstery fur-free and can use the dog seat as a carry bag and basket for the vacation home.
At most, you should use rear seat barriers or and partition grids as additional security. These create a spatial separation and many barriers are even padded, but never in all directions. In the event of an evasive maneuver, an unbuckled four-legged friend would therefore be flung into the door panel.
With the dog as a passenger
However, it is not enough with the equipment, because you should additionally plan some acclimatization time. Accustom your dog at home slowly to harness and boxes and provide a dog-friendly climate during the trip. Then nothing will stand in the way of a relaxed vacation.