Does Your Dog Measure Up To Your Car?

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\\\ updated October 2021

Does Your Dog Travel In Style?

Did You Forget To Measure Your Dog When Buying Your Dog?

Millions of dogs are chauffeured each day to their favourite park, open ground for a special walk in the countryside, and special days out to 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. There’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 size 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 more 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.

Another blog Pet Check highly recommends for new dog owners is to read about taking your dogs onto our thousands of beaches and promenades up and down the country, and the restrictions placed at certain times of the year for dog owner with their dogs by the local councils.


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Give Your Dog Enough Room When Travelling

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, 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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Crates Can Be An Alternative For Dogs Travelling Safely

Dogs Travelling Safety Aids

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.

Additionally, you can buy crate covers that add protection from drafts and more security, if there are two dogs in the home.

Other accessories include, travel dog guards. Look for solidly made and that lock into place securely. Boot dividers are available for some models of vehicles which let you separate your luggage from your dog.

Harnesses are super-important and buy the best, robust, for maximum security and safety. Like dog walking harnesses, look for those that have padding around the chest and leash attachments front and back, which helps to keep your dog comfortable when harnessed in the car.

If your dog is harnessed and travels on the back seat then buy fitted tailored-made dog seat protection covers which must be robust and especially, machine washable. Some seat covers have a zip out section for the arm rest allowing a passenger to use the arm rest whilst your pet travels the other side of the rest.

Don’t forget to buy an easy to clean collapsible bowl to keep in the car for journeys and some spare water. Re-cycle finished-with soft drink plastic bottles, storing full bottles in your car, replenishing with fresh water regularly.

Lastly, we spare a though for senior dogs, particularly bigger dogs that may be finding it harder with age to jump into the boot to go out and travel in the car, and in the process is scratching your bumper even more. This is the time to buy a collapsible, folding, easy to store dog ramp with an adequate weight capacity for your dog. Look for one that has a non-slip surface where your dog won’t slip when walking up it and, is lightweight to handle such as aluminium.

More of these items you buy from Pets At Home or Jollyes, who both have local stores and super big online pet stores. just click here.

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