October 23, 2017 at 12:01 PM
It's great to be able to take your dog with you on holiday, but it's equally important to ensure that they stay comfortable, particularly on long journeys. These five tips will help you to make your car, whether it is a new Ford or a used Ford, a delightful place for your dog to be.
Dogs need regular drinks of fresh water, so keeping a water bottle and a drinking bowl in the boot of your car at all times is a must.
If your dog only associated your used Ford car with stressful visits to the vet, they are likely to be reluctant to jump in the back seat when you want to take them on that beach holiday with you. Take care to establish some good associations for them with respect to car journeys: drive them to a brilliant woodland trail every fortnight, for instance, and then take them on a wonderful walk before giving them a treat or two. They'll soon see that car journeys are nothing to be scared of!
Smaller dogs can sit on a passenger's lap during car journeys, but larger pooches will need their own seat or two, or a space in the boot, to spread out in. Lay down a soft dog blanket, or even bring their bed with you, so that they have a snug place to pass them time during the journey.
This tip is more about the driver and passengers' needs than those of the dog, but it is important nonetheless. Regular vacuuming and airing of your vehicle is very useful for controlling the buildup of dog hairs as well as odours, and using natural air fresheners is a good idea too (you can even just daub some cotton balls with essential oils and tie them to the interior roof of the vehicle or place them on the dashboard or in the glove compartment. Many drivers like to preserve the pristine quality of their new Ford with protective sheeting beneath any dog beds.
When travelling with your dog, don't forget to bring one or two of their favourite toys. This will help to keep them entertained and will also help to prevent them from feeling disorientated and homesick.
Your dog can be a fantastic travelling companion and once you have made your car dog friendly, the world will be your oyster - for both of you!