Does Your Dog Measure Up To Your Car?

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Does Your Dog Travel In Style?

Or did you forget to measure your car when buying your dog?

Millions of dogs are chauffeured each day to their favourite park, open ground or for a special walk in the countryside and coastal regions with their owners.

There’s estimated to be 12.5 million dogs residing in our homes up and down the UK according to the PMFA, the Pet Food Manufacturers Association where additionally 2.5 million were bought during the recent lockdown. That’s many new proud puppy and dog owners and millions of dog walks taken every day.

Our habits changed during the recent Covid-19 Lockdowns and saw a considerable rise in secondhand cars being bought in the UK whilst new car sales declined especially those not being replaced used by business fleets, as more and more people worked from the comfort of their homes.

According to Car Guru, more than a third of puppy and dog owners ‘forgot’ or mis-estimated their dog sizes when purchasing their new upgrade car. That’s an awful lot of dog owners!

There’s nothing worse than watching huge, full grown large dogs relieved to jump out of a tiny hatchback, shaking themselves furiously, stretching themselves from their ordeal

If it looks uncomfortable to other dog owners watching, can you imagine how those poor dogs feel cooped up in the back.

So Car Guru have taken the pain out buying the wrong size car by providing their customers with a special calculating tool.

Car Gurus new simple tool ‘Pupgrader’ will help to provide you with a choice of suitable cars for your size of dog or dogs based on the most popular ten breeds and will take the pain away (and embarrassment!) of ordering the wrong size car.

Their 5 question tool is so easy to use, simply asks you how many dogs you want to carry, whether you intend to use your vehicle for your dog and family, the size of dog(s), whether you’re requiring electric or not, or a SUV and provides choices.

So don’t make the mistakes that thousands of new car buyers have made during the 2020 lockdown on your next vehicle upgrade.

Likewise, the pandemic bought about new changes in habits where dog owners walked their dogs in local parks and countryside. Once restrictions were lifted saw a surge in the public and dog owners visiting the countryside for weekend breaks, staycations or enjoying a lovely day out using their cars to transport their pet.

This bought about the realisation that the outdated Countryside Code, first published in 1951, needed a makeover and include more up-to-date advice for first-time visitors including dog walkers.

The Countryside Code provides general advice and well worth reading, particularly if travelling to new areas including coastal and rivers, where your dog may act differently with all the new smells and environment.

There are thousands of beaches around the UK as the island has one of the largest coastal regions in the world, suitable for dog walks, but more popular regions may operate with restrictions for dogs and walking. Pet Check’s ‘Restrictions Of Dogs On UK Beaches’ explains more.

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Once you’ve provided your new puppy or dog with their dedicated car space, it’s the drivers responsibility to ensure that your new puppy or dog, indeed all pets are suitably restrained whilst driving.

It’s important to travel with pets secured in place in the rear of the car for their, your, and your family safety whilst travelling, by using harnesses or specially designed dog carriers and crates or grills, as required by The Highway Code which states –

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seatbelt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”

The Highway Code rules covering animals, Rules 47-58

For more information and best tips on how to travel safely with your dog in your vehicle read Pet Check’s ‘Does My Pet Need To Be Harnessed In My Car Whilst Driving?’

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Some owners prefer to use dog crates or carriers in the boot of their vehicles. There’s a selection available, again sized according to dog breed sizes and car specifications, and available in colours, but noticeably like many dog accessories during lockdown, the demand has been high for these items providing sometimes less choice.

If your planning a staycation then it’s advised to buy now rather than later to ensure delivery. Crates and carriers can be used all year round for your puppy or dog, providing a secure environment used as their dedicated space rather than an open, easy to access dog bed and suitable to use at rental staycation holiday properties, caravan holidays and selected dog-friendly hotels doubling up as as their bed.

Pet Checks ‘What Are The Different Dog Crates’ provides practical and simple tips to help you make the right purchase.

The recent pandemic has bought about new changes to the ways we do things. Post lockdown restrictions may require households not to travel in certain areas of the UK. Read latest government advice. It’s advisable to check with your local council and social media websites before making special journeys.

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