Is Your Dog Travelling Safely?

The safety of your dogs is our top priority at Digs for Dogs, and we always ensure we provide safe transit (as well as lots of fun) for all our pups!

As per the Welfare of Animals (Transport) Order 1997, dogs should not be transported in a way that could cause injury or unnecessary suffering”

Your dogs should travel! They should experience different areas, enjoy social experiences, and be exposed to lots of new smells and friends. All of these things provide so much more stimulation for your dog, making them much happier, reducing anxieties and making them more comfortable in different situations.

Safe transit of your dog is one of the many things you should consider when choosing your dog walker.

“It is a requirement by law to have a dog secured in a vehicle. They must not be left to roam around a moving car.”

Dog crates provide a secure environment for a dog in transit, so that in the event the driver has to perform an emergency stop or has an accident, the dog is protected. Crates with removeable base trays allow for deep cleaning and help prevent the spread of disease, this also allows the opportunity to inspect the crate for any damage, e.g. sharp or damaged edges.

A dog can also be transported using a simple safety harness, which should be secured to a fixture in the vehicle. The dog must not be secured by the collar, as in the event of an accident this may cause injury to the neck.

From a welfare point of view dogs should not be put in a position where they may come distressed by travelling.

  • Dogs from different households should be safely distanced when travelling, and must not be placed in the same crate.
  • Dogs should be able to stand to full height in the crate and be able to turn around. Blankets can be supplied at the bottom of the crate to prevent slipping.
  • Vehicles must have fully working temperature controls so the dogs needs are met whatever the outside temperature. The vehicle should be air-conditioned to allow plenty of ventilation, and transportation time should be limited to avoid extensive confinement.
  • Sufficient water must be on board for the dogs, and a well stocked first aid kit should always be available.
  • Correct vehicle insurance must be in place, with rescue cover and a valid MOT.

This all may seem common sense stuff, but it is often not ever considered by dog owners when registering their dog with a dog walker. If you do see dogs being transported unsafely, or feel as though a dog could be distressed please do report it to local authorities.

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