It’s a Dog Lover Thing…You Might Want to Understand

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Did you know dogs are often intelligent enough to do things just as humans do? Yes? I did, too. But my jaw dropped after seeing Monte, the giant schnauzer-cross drive a car. In New Zealand, the Auckland SPCA (The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has decided to teach dogs to drive in hopes they might be more easily adopted if the public realized how intelligent they can be. The team teaches the canines simple gestures so they can start, accelerate and steer a car. They intend to show trained behavior that is then put into a sequence. In this case, it’s driving a car. Check out this BBC video.

Dog Safety Peace of Mind

Keeping your pet safe in the car is imperative for your collective safety. We are all guilty of letting our best friend jump in the car and hang out the window with nothing holding them in. But we get in and buckle up right away. Why do we think it’s okay they roam free? It’s something that needs to be addressed if you love your pet. You can give yourself peace of mind if you train your dog to either sit in a comfortable crate or buckle them into a wearable doggie harness that will be tethered to the seat. If you get a good harness (and a handful of biscuits), your dog won’t be uncomfortable and being tethered won’t really bug them. The tether attaches to your car’s seatbelt and holds them in. It is designed to let them stand up and move around while saving them from falling to the floor, or out the window, in unexpected sudden stops.

Dog lover and fellow car enthusiast, Jean Jennings, Editor and President of Automobile Magazine, makes it a personal mission to share dog safety tips at Jean Knows Cars and encourages those who are trying to teach your dog better safety practices. While it might be a bit of a challenge teaching old dogs new tricks, they will get it in the end.

Creature Comforts and Your Car

Depending on whether you have yourself a Miniature Dachshund, a few English Shepherds or a St. Bernard/Poodle mix (oh my!), it’s important to have the proper amount of space to keep your dog comfortable. While only a few manufacturers design cars with pets in mind, when in search of a new car, we have them in the forefront of our thoughts. Will their crate fit? How easily can they jump in and out without dirtying up the seat or hurting themselves? Can I easily tether them to the backseat so they are comfortable? The safety of a large vehicle, like the GMC Yukon XL, Ford Expedition or Chrysler Pacifica, can be appreciated by those of you who have lovable beasts or a number of dogs.

The Toyota FJ Cruiser is a great dog car for a few reasons. Often, you take your dogs on adventures, so because this Tonka-toy(ota) truck has a 260-hp V6, locking rear differential, awesome ground clearance and swing out back door, it’s a great vehicle in which you and your playmate can explore the outdoors. The rugged rubber flooring allows for easy cleanup (hose out) of spills, drool and dirt. And, it’s a reliable Toyota.

Check out the Jeep Liberty SUV for a truly flat surface for doggie comfort, explains petside.com. Get it with a moon roof so they can gaze upon the stars during an evening cruise. For smaller little guys, take a look at the Subaru Forester wagon.

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