DRIVING WITH DOGS

They whine, they yap and sometimes throw up before you've even fastened your seatbelt: Dogs. Read seven golden rules to make driving with dogs like a walk in the park.

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Start slow: Let your dog get to know the car slowly and well in advance – and start with the engine off. Tempt your dog into the car with little treats to help him build up positive associations.

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Mark the territory: An established seat is an absolute must. Preferably, give your dog a comfortable cushion to lie on, so that he can relax. Make sure to make eye contact while driving.

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Securing your dog: Make sure your dog is safe and secure according to traffic laws. It’s up to you, whether you use a special belt or a dog carrier. For trips abroad: read up on the local regulations.

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Breaks: Before you leave, find the nicest forest trails or dog-friendly rest areas where your dog can get out and run. Remember to offer plenty of water at every break.

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Exiting: Maintain control. When leaving the car, get out first, and only then let the dog out. Go around to the door closest to him, and give a clear command for him to exit. Don’t forget the dog leash!

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Food: Give your dog a few treats along the way to make the trip a bit sweeter. To avoid sickness, get him used to smaller trips and gradually work your way up.

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Stay cool: Don’t keep your dog waiting in the car when you’re out and about in the summer heat. Even a few minutes in a hot car can be dangerous. When it’s hot, take your dog with you.