Traveling With Dogs in the Summer
Summer is a great time to travel with your dogs. Not only are you free to hit the dog park, but there’s also camping, swimming, hiking, and all sorts of fun activities your pooch will want to join in on. Though driving with a dog anytime of the year has special safety considerations, this post is specifically about traveling with dogs in the summertime.
Tips for Transporting Dogs in Cars
- Think like a dog: one of the best things to remember, especially when driving, is you’re traveling with a family member who can’t articulate exactly how they’re feeling. This means you need to anticipate if a dog is going to need to use the bathroom, if they might be thirsty, or if they are too warm. This last one is extra important. If your dog is in a crate, make sure there in a part of the vehicle that gets plenty of cool, fresh air. You should also never leave a dog alone in a car.
- Don’t let the dog burn their feet: anyone who has walked on pavement or asphalt knows it can get very, very hot on a sunny day. Your dog can burn the pads of their feet on the surface of hot roads or parking lots. Let them out on, or carry them over to the grass, instead.
- Bring plenty of water: a dog can dehydrate very easily. Even if there will be streams and water sources where you are. Always bring extra water bottles for the dog. A collapsible water bowl you can keep in your own bag is works great. You should also feed a dog before you leave to reduce the chance of car sickness.
The New HondaVAC System Makes Hair Cleanup Easy
Any dog owner can tell you the near futileness of cleaning up hair and fur from the seats. Covers can help, but there are still plenty of other surfaces that hair can get stuck to. Lugging the vacuum out from the house to the car at least once a week is no fun, but sometimes necessary.
Honda is helping to remedy this problem. The new HondaVAC onboard vacuuming system will be available on 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan Touring models. Hidden behind a panel in the trunk, the vacuum system can be easily accessed whenever you need it, either in the driveway or at a gas station. A long hose makes it easy to get most anywhere in the vehicle, allowing you to suck up dog hair, cheerios, broken crayons, or whatever mess may be at hand.
Watch for the 2014 Honda Odyssey at Middletown Honda in the coming months! We’re located at 520 Route 211, in Middletown, next to the Gander Mountain. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate contact Middletown Honda.