Your Ram Dealership Has a Few Tips for Traveling with Your Dog in Your Truck
A dog is a man’s (and woman’s) best friend, right? And every trip is better with your best friend by your side! Fortunately, your local Kansas City Ram dealership has a few tips on how to help keep your furry best friend safe and comfortable when you’re traveling!
With the holiday season fast approaching, that means it’s time to start thinking about family trips, and that often includes even the smallest or furriest members of your family. So if you’re planning to take Rover along to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving or packing up the whole family (pup included) for a Christmas trip, these tips will help keep everybody safe, comfortable, and happy while you go over the river and through the woods:
- Start small. Don’t make Fido’s first trip a cross-country trek to visit Grandma in some other state. Jump in your Ram 1500 and take Rover down to Dairy Queen on a Sunday afternoon to get him used to the ride before you plan for a longer trip.
- Buckle up. Just like you should always wear your seatbelt when driving your Ram 2500, there are certain ways that your dog should ride for maximum safety. Don’t let Benji on your lap while you’re driving. In fact, it’s better if he or she rides behind you, especially if you have an extended cab. If you’re going on a long trip, it might be wise to bring along a crate.
- Make sure everything is up-to-date. You wouldn’t drive without your driver’s license, and your dogs shouldn’t travel without their ID tags, either. Make sure that tags are up-to-date with current contact information in case something happens. If your dog has been microchipped, update your microchip registration before you head out on a long trip.
- Resist the temptation. Most dogs love to stick their heads out of the window, but unfortunately, it’s not really very safe to let them. It’s best to keep your pets entirely inside the car while you’re driving, as wind can blow pieces of grit and other debris into your dog’s eyes or ears and irritate their mucous membranes. While the image of a dog’s ears flapping in the wind as you fly down the road is pretty priceless, it’s not worth the cost of your best friend sustaining a serious injury as a result.
- Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Maybe the most important rule to remember when traveling with your dog is to always take him out with you when you go out. Leaving a pet unattended inside of a vehicle—even if you’re just going inside “for a minute”—is always dangerous and should always be avoided.
At State Line Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we know how important it is to be able to travel with the whole family, including the four-legged members! That’s why we help make sure that everyone has a good time along the way! And if you and Buddy need to pick out a new Ram pickup, our Kansas City Ram dealership has one of the best selections around! So click here to contact us for all of your Ram, Jeep, Dodge, or Chrysler needs, or come see our enormous selection of new and pre-owned vehicles at our Kansas City, Missouri Ram dealership!