Protecting Dogs in Vehicles

We've all seen dogs riding in cars with their heads out the window, hair blowing in the wind and nose twitching as they soak up all the scents. A dog may love riding in the car like this, but it sure isn't good for him. Bugs smacking into his eyes at high speed will cause major eye damage, perhaps even blindness. A sharp turn or brake could send the dog flying, either out the window or into the dashboard or windshield. As with so many things in life, the things we love are often not the things that are the best for us.

Dogs must be secure in the car when the vehicle is moving. That means the dog is in his crate, which is fastened down with a seatbelt, or the dog is wearing a specially made harness that the seat-belt clips into. The window can be partway down, if you wish, but the dog should not hang his head out the window.

Dogs riding in the backs of trucks must be restrained, too, so that they can ride safely. The leash restraining the dog must be short enough that the dog cannot jump out of the truck bed. Far too many dogs have been thrown from truck beds. Some were restrained, but not enough, and hung from the truck bed until they died or were rescued.

Dogs should never be left in a car alone while you go into a store or run errands. Even if the windows are open a few inches, the air in the car will heat up very quickly. On a sunny 70-degree day, the air in a car parked in the sun will reach more than 100 degrees within ten minutes and 120 degrees or more in a half-hour.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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