How to Keep Your Pup Comfortable on the Road
If you end up bringing your dog along for your next ride, what do you need to know about UTV dog safety?
Dogs are a man’s best friend, and their safety and well-being is a big priority for us. We have four tips to help you not only keep your furry friend safe but comfortable as well on your next UTV ride.
Introduce Your Dog to the UTV
It may sound silly, but you should introduce your dog to the UTV before your anticipated ride date. Introducing your dog to the UTV in a safe space that they are familiar with, such as your yard or garage, will help them to feel more comfortable with the sounds and movements that it makes. Start slowly, and stop if your dog starts to become distressed. Keep them unleashed at this time so they can move away from the UTV if they begin to feel nervous or scared, and keep treats on hand to help make the introduction a positive experience. This way when you take your dog for a ride in the future they will be used to the UTV and hopefully less skittish.
Keep Your Dog Secure
Although it may not sound as fun as allowing your dog to roam freely, it is a good idea to keep your dog crated for the duration of any UTV ride. This will prevent your dog from inhibiting your driving by attempting to sit on you, or potentially falling or jumping out of the UTV which would result in serious injury. Make sure to strap the crate securely into the back of the UTV to prevent it from sliding around or falling out. In cold weather make sure to use a kennel cover to keep your dog safe and warm.
If your dog has not been crate trained, this could be a good time to start. Just like with introducing your dog to your UTV start slowly, and use food to create a positive association with the crate.
Bring Necessities and Familiar Items
The biggest part of UTV dog safety is to make sure that your dog will have everything in their crate that they will need for longer trips, including food and water and a pillow or mat for comfort. It’s also a good idea to pack familiar items for your dog such as their favorite toy or blanket. Having these items that smell like home can help to ease any nerves your dog may have about being in a new situation.
Make Regular Stops
If you are bringing your furry friend on a longer ride, make sure to stop for frequent bathroom and exercise breaks. This will help to keep them comfortable in their kennel without any unwanted accidents and give them a chance to stretch their legs and enjoy whatever scenery you may be travelling through.