We recently took a trip to Nashville, which was a 7 hour drive. This was another great experience as it was a longer car ride, a hotel, and many new environments. This post is about the drive and being in vehicles, and the next post will include some of the sites we visited.
Normally, we transport JoJo in a vehicle that is large enough for her car crate. This is safe and convenient. Transporting a dog in a crate is safer for the human occupants as well as the dog. For this trip though, we took a rental car and the crate did not fit. So, we picked up a seat belt harness that would keep all of us safe. The harness slipped around her collar and shoulders, and then it attached to the seat belt (the picture upper right shows the black harness under her chest and around her shoulders). It kept her secure enough that she would not become a potential projectile, but it also allowed her some movement with the give of the seat belt. She did not fuss or attempt to chew the seat belt. It actually seemed to have a calming effect on her. With a few stops on the way, the drive went very well.
Once in Nashville, we took a shuttle from the hotel around the city. Another new experience and JoJo learned how to get under the seat. In the picture to the right, she is quite comfortable lying down. This is an important skill because some day she may travel with her partner in tight spaces.
On this trip, we learned JoJo is a great traveler by car or shuttle bus. We can check these off the list. Knowing JoJo was safely secured in the vehicle made the drive easier as well. But, there is a message here for all dog owners - whenever possible, please secure your dog within your vehicle. Any sudden breaking can injure the dog and you. Be careful out there.