Summer is here and the holiday season begins! More and more Germans also take their pets on vacation. The transport of the beloved four-legged companion carries some dangers. Learn here what you should keep in mind when transporting dogs.
For the assortment of dog transport
If you lock your dog in the middle of summer right next to the luggage and bags in the trunk of the car, the animal is in great danger. Accidents repeatedly lead to serious physical injuries and serious trauma.
There is no official seat belt for dogs. Animals are considered cargo according to the traffic law. They should only be transported safely in a car. The Road Traffic Regulation (StVO) formulated in paragraphs 22 and 23 exactly how cargo and animals should be secured during transport. The companion dog must be accommodated safely. In the case of sudden movements of the vehicle, it must not be thrown into the vehicle. Taking the dog with you should not affect:
- The road safety of the vehicle.
- The driver's driving ability.
The responsibility for the safe transport of the animal rider rests with the driver. Choosing a suitable means of transport is not always easy. There are no exact regulations on how the means of transport should look. Many online stores and pet stores offer a wide range of extensive products and accessories. Boxes or harnesses that adapt to the individual needs of skin noses.
Transport of dogs abroad
If a car trip with the dog abroad must drive before some important provisions are observed. In addition to the mandatory microchip for identification, the EU passport and valid rabies vaccines may also be required. In addition, for example, some European countries require evidence of treatment for the infestation of worms or ticks.
Many European countries have partly issued extensive entry bans for certain dog breeds. In Austria, these regulations may even differ depending on the city or municipality. In most countries, a powerful linen obligation applies, while in Switzerland it is handled quite liberally. For a vacation trip not to end abruptly at the border crossing, you must inform yourself in advance about the entry requirements.
Which car place is the safest?
A one-hour trip in a car full of holiday luggage is an extraordinary burden not only for people, but also for companion dogs. If the dog owner observes some basic rules of behavior, the dog's travel stress is significantly reduced. At the same time, security is better guaranteed.
Choice of dangerous place
Depending on the breed and nature, a dog may be more or less suitable for the holiday trip. A familiarization of the dog with car trips before departure is guaranteed. You can do it yourself or contact the dog schools. Before the start of the holidays, it is still important to find the right place in the car for the dog. Who puts his four-legged friend in the passenger seat for love misunderstood by animals, puts himself and his animal in unnecessary danger. In a sudden evasive maneuver or abrupt braking, the animal is thrown uncontrollably. In addition to the animal, other inmates may be injured.
Safety through protective grid
Transport in the back seat or in the foot space is clearly recommended, of course, with the guarantee of a suitable harness. It is better to transport a dog in the trunk of a van or van. It is important to pay attention to the installation of a security screen between the passenger and luggage compartments. Fixed networks, some of which can already be supplied from the factory by car manufacturers, are preferable to softer ones. The forces acting on the animal's safety device during full braking can quickly correspond to a weight of many hundreds of kilograms.
Choice of transport box
If you choose a transport box, sturdy metal cages are preferable to softer soft boxes. In the event of an accident, the more flexible boxes will not provide adequate protection to protect the dog from serious injury. To determine the correct size of said transport box, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has issued guidelines. The golden rule here is: double shoulder width, length and height of the dog plus about 15 cm to 30 cm. The tests, such as ADAC, provide information on which manufacturers and models are suitable.
On the issue of heat protection in the transport of dogs, all dog owners should already have sufficient knowledge. Basically, do not leave any animals in the car. Even in cloudy weather or in the shade, the interior of a vehicle can heat up significantly in a short time. Even dogs can suffer a heat stroke or circulatory collapse! Those who act negligently risk not only the health of their dog but also a sensitive fine.
In dog transport, planning is everything
Solid travel planning is the basis of a safe and relaxed holiday together with your own dog. The complete guide "Traveling with pets" summarizes more detailed information about the preparation. There are other valuable tips such as first aid, recommended dog beaches, pet-friendly hotels or travel providers that specialize in including dog care. All adviser "Traveling with pets: how to travel safely and relaxed" by wirkaufendeinauto.de is available for free download.