Day Trip Safety with Your Dog

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As we told you about last month, John and I have been busily running around updating our Day Trips from Austin guidebook. The book focuses on trips within a two-hour drive of the city so most of our trips are just that: day trips. Of course, our favorite travel companions come along for the trip!

As we all know, accidents can and do certainly happen close to home so safety is just as important on a day trip as on a two-week vacation. A survey by Progressive showed that over half the auto accidents occur within five miles of the person’s home. Another figure we saw said that only one percent of accidents occur more than 50 miles from home.

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Here’s a look at our day trip safety routine:

This week's day trip took us to "Stonehenge," an art installation in Ingram, Texas.

This week’s day trip took us to “Stonehenge,” an art installation in Ingram, Texas.

Before the Trip

  • We get out Irie and Tiki travel collars which include their rabies tag and an extra ID tag with our cell numbers.
  • We charge our Tagg GPS units. Irie and Tiki wear them around the clock but we always make sure we go into a day trip with a full battery on each.
  • We pack enough water for the dogs for the entire day; it’s much easier on their tummies than getting local water (and cheaper than buying bottled water).
  • Our dogs eat a light breakfast; we pack the remainder of their food for a picnic lunch.

During the Trip

  • Irie and Tiki both wear their Kurgo harnesses; they’re then buckled in before the car ever starts.
  • Windows remain up or down just a crack. Right now, while the AC isn’t absolutely necessary (it soon will be), we roll down the windows but the back seat windows remain open just enough for the dogs to put a nose out. If your dog’s face can go out the window, his eyes are at risk from flying insects, rocks and more.
  • Irie and Tiki remain in the car until they’re leashed; only once the leash is on are their seat belt connectors unbuckled. Only when they’re calm do we proceed to let them out of the car.

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Paris Permenter and John Bigley are the award-winning authors of over 30 pet and travel books as well as the founders and publishers of CatTipper and DogTipper.