In the United Kingdom, driving your dog in your vehicle without suitably restraining them could leave you with a £5000 fine. Of course, safety is the most important thing when it comes to your furry friend. But, the last thing you want to do to your future celebrity dog on the way to their big debut is entangle them in an uncomfortable restraint, causing excess stress or anxiety. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to keep your pup polished and protected on the way to and from auditions.
Give Them Space
When purchasing a vehicle, you need to make sure that you will have ample room in which your pooch can ride comfortably. And, because dog breeds range greatly in size, and can weigh up to 300 pounds, this can sometimes be difficult. With a small breed, like a Pomeranian or Chihuahua, this won't be much of an issue - any size motor vehicle should do. But, with a larger breed, like the Great Dane, you will need more space than even the average adult human would require. If this is the case for you, it might be worth looking into a large American-made truck that offers plenty of space for your pup to sprawl out upon on their way to a casting call.
A Seat Fit for a Dog
After an exhausting day of performing tricks and looking cute for auditions, your pup needs a place to relax. There are now several options on the market for every size animal, ensuring your dog will be safe and comfortable. Before choosing the right way to set up your vehicle for your dog, consider their habits and general level of comfortability in a motor vehicle. If your pet is anxious, you might want to consider bringing along a crate, so they can be adequately contained; or, if you've got a small dog, you can get a harness or plush seat they can be attached to with a leash. Either of these options will help keep your pup safe and stylish on the way to stardom.
Be Prepared with Goodies for Comfort
Regardless of whether they get the part or not, your pup will likely be exhausted from the audition and the stress of the transport there and back, which is why it’s recommended to bring things that will hydrate, comfort and relax them. Have a no-spill water bowl on hand, a few of their favourite treats, and maybe even a portable grooming kit to give them the love and care they deserve.
Whatever method you choose to use to restrain your dog in your vehicle, make sure it is one in which they are comfortable and calm. This will help to not only get your dog in the right mood for a role, it will also help keep both you and your precious pal safe.