Life Hacks: Riding with Fido
A dog is man’s best friend, and better yet he’s the cutest passenger to have in your car. You know your pup wants to go with you on your road trip, and it’s fun having him come along but sometimes it can be a little rough on your car and maybe even a little distracting. Here are a few tips to make your ride with Fido a little easier for both of you!
This is the most important way to start off, it is illegal to leave your pet in a car that poses danger. In hot areas like California, leaving your pet in a California is a threat to its life. Going further, it is now legal in California for someone to break your car window to remove your poor pup from the unbearable heat. In short, just don’t do this. Before bringing your dog on a trip with you, plan ahead. If there’s the possibility of you needing to leave him in the car when it’s hot outside, just leave him at home. Or if you have another passenger with you, have them stay behind to keep the car running, keeping your furry friend cool and safe.
Minimize the mess.
As pet owners, most of us know the struggle of constant shedding and always having a little piece of your dog with you… stuck to your shirt. Some people just really don’t want to deal with excessive shedded fur in their cars. While a little fur left behind is inevitable, you can minimize it by using seat covers that you can easily remove, shake off or throw in the laundry. If you feel like you don’t have the money to spend on seat covers, just use a blanket to cover your seats while Fdo rides along, and shake it off between rides! It’s also useful to keep a lint roller handy to spot clean between vacuuming session.
Another obvious sign you’ve had a pup in your car are those adorably gross smudge marks they leave on the windows with their noses and tongues. To prevent this from happening to your car, cover your windows with plastic wrap for the ride and just throw it away after it’s over. Simple, yet effective.
More often than not, our dogs are our favorite “people” to hang out with. It’s really easy to get distracted when they are being cute and sticking their head out the window. It’s even easier to get distracted when they are moving around and possibly getting into something they shouldn’t. To remedy this, dedicate a specific area of your car for your pup, and secure him or her with a harness.
Riding with Fido doesn’t have to be stressful or messy, just know how to prepare and enjoy the road with your best friend!