HOW TO CHOOSE THE MOST SUITABLE CARRIER FOR OUR DOG

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SOME ADVICE TO MAKE A SAFE, USEFUL AND LASTING CHOICE

Getting your dog used to the pet carrier is not difficult, in this article we will see which model it's suitable for this task!
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THE DOG IN THE CAR: WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The main rule to keep in mind when transporting your dog in the car is to prevent the creation of a dangerous situation by the animal.

To be honest, to comply with the Highway Code in Italy (art.169) it is sufficient for the driver of the car to have the freedom of movement for any need to maneuver inside the vehicle, condition aimed at avoiding the risk that the animal transported may be an impediment to the driver and / or constitute a danger to driving.

This principle is fine, if our purpose is to comply with the legislation, but from non-direct experience, fortunately, I assure you that it is not enough if we want to guarantee our safety, that of our dog and that of other people in every situation.

In fact, to comply with the rules here in Italy it is sufficient to put a safety net or a divider between the luggage compartment and the passenger compartment, or to hook the dog to a support that is fixed in the devices of the rear seat belts.

But can these solutions really be considered safe?

Absolutely not! If you want to learn more about the topic, I invite you to watch the video below:

► Dog Crash Tests – YouTube

As you may have seen by watching this short video, what the legislation “allows us”, is not a safe solution for us or for our dog.

My advice, obviously, is to accustom the dog to the pet carrier for a safe travel by car.

If you want to learn more about the educational aspect of how to accustom your puppy or adult dog to traveling by car, I recommend you to watch the VIDEO LESSON.

In these lines I will try to advise you which model to choose in terms of safety and functionality. In addition to the quality certifications that guarantee the robustness and safety of the product in the event of an accident (IATA homologation), some manufacturers also make charts for the customers, with the models of pet carriers compatible with the various brands and models of cars, on the basis of the dog’s breed. On the market we can find a wide range of soft pet carriers (in fabric or plastic) or rigid crates (in resistant materials). The soft pet carriers are widely used for the transport of small dogs while the others are indispensable for M and L dogs. My advice is to always choose models in resistant materials (plastic, fiberglass, aluminum and steel). To accustom and condition the puppy to the pet carrier, I usually use a dismountable plastic model, which helps me in the initial stages. From the first days, after the puppy’s arrival in the family, I place the pet carrier in the house/garden where he can access it freely and I reward him whenever he chooses to enter spontaneously. If you want to learn more about this topic, I suggest you to see the VIDEO LESSON where I explain how to accustom the puppy to the pet carrier.
Getting your dog used to the pet carrier is not difficult, my advice is to proceed step by step and not get rushed in to it. Another recommendation that I feel I can share is to never force the dog to enter, always let him take the initiative to enter inside the pet carrier and reward him every time he spontaneously enters. There are disassemblable pet cariers on the market, that can help you in the initial training stages and wich are well suited for the transport by car or even in the boat/plane. If your dog doesn’t like the pet carrier and just doesn’t want to get in, I suggest you see the VIDEO LESSON where I explain how to get your dog used to recognizing the kennel/pet carrier/crate as a safe and relaxing place.
It will seem obvious but before making your purchase you must keep in mind the dimensions of your car, in particular of your luggage compartment. Secondly, I recommend that you always contact a specialized dealer who will help you in making tests with different sizes of display pet carriers, directly in your car, beacause due to protrusions or inclinations of the seats not considered in the purchase phase (obstacles for the correct and stable placement of the pet carrier), the result could be a waste of money and time. Another aspect that I recommend you take in consideration before purchasing the pet carrier is the size of your dog. If you have adopted a puppy, try to predict the size it will reach (weight, length and height ) with the help of the breeder or veterinarian so that you can identify a definitive pet carrier/crate that you can use even when your puppy will become an adult. When purchasing, you must keep in mind that your dog has to turn around easily inside the pet carrier/crate; logically it must not be too small, but neither too big because it would not be safe.

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