Happy Dogs In Nissan X-Trail Car

Selfies With Your Dog?

Are you one of the 5% of people who admitted taking selfies with their dogs while driving – in a recent Dogs Trust survey? One hand on the wheel, the other on the mobile while posing with the pooch? Please say no! Or perhaps one of the 10% of drivers who allow their dog to sit on their lap in the car?

Did you know that you could be fined up to £2500 with a stack of penalty points if you fail to properly restrain your dog in the car? This could even invalidate your insurance.

As harsh as this sounds, there is a valid reason. 10% of drivers said that either they have had an accident with a pet in their car or know someone who has according to Confused.com. Everything from dogs jumping over seats and distracting the driver to falling onto the pedals underfoot. Not to mention if you have a car accident, an unrestrained dog could be thrown across the vehicle and injure a passenger or the dog itself.

Selfies With Your Dog?

Are you one of the 5% of people who admitted taking selfies with their dogs while driving – in a recent Dogs Trust survey? One hand on the wheel, the other on the mobile while posing with the pooch? Please say no! Or perhaps one of the 10% of drivers who allow their dog to sit on their lap in the car?

Did you know that you could be fined up to £2500 with a stack of penalty points if you fail to properly restrain your dog in the car? This could even invalidate your insurance.

As harsh as this sounds, there is a valid reason. 10% of drivers said that either they have had an accident with a pet in their car or know someone who has according to Confused.com. Everything from dogs jumping over seats and distracting the driver to falling onto the pedals underfoot. Not to mention if you have a car accident, an unrestrained dog could be thrown across the vehicle and injure a passenger or the dog itself.

Dogs On Nissan X-Trail Car Ramp

Family Dogs At Boot Of Nissan X-Trail Car

Happy Dog Travel Time

So that’s the safe dog travel covered. How about happy dog travels? Here are a few simple tips that make all the difference;

• remember positive reinforcements to keep the prospect of going in the car a positive one with loads of praise.

• don’t forget to pack your dog’s favourite treats for an end of ride reward.

• remember your dog’s favourite smelly, well-used blanket, bed or cushion. Avoid washing it as the smell can be reassuring.

• pack your dog water and schedule regular toilet stops for everyone including before you set off

• for dogs new to car travel, ensure wearing the harness is a positive experience and the right size and fitting. Initially, try making it fun to wear the harness and for the dog to just get in and out of the car (without travelling) with treat rewards.

• remember to train your dog when they are jumping OUT of the car to avoid him or her excitedly running into traffic.

• use window shades to protect the dog from direct sunlight on longer journeys. Even in winter the sun can be strong from its position low on the horizon.

• light meal 2-hours before travel so the dog is less likely to experience travel sickness on long journeys.

And if you really want to make your dog happy (and you just happen to find yourself with a spare 25k on your hands) you could always upgrade your entire vehicle to one your dog would love. The award winning Nissan X-Trail has just won the Best Dog-Friendly Car Of The Year category at the Sunday Times Motor Awards 2019.

The X-Trail includes a two-way ‘dog cam’, 360 degrees pull-out dog shower, dryer and pull-out slide-away access ramp, so the dogs can walk into the boot, an integrated drying system which supplies warm air into the boot space for the dog(s), a clip-on harness hook and of course a no-spill water bowl and smart dog treat dispenser. Is this the best dog-friendly car? Let us know if you agree. Author: Karen White Nissan News Nissan News Paws To Click https://www.pawstoclick.com/ Confused comparison site Confused Pet Travel Highway Code rule 57 Highway Code Rules About Animals