In the last week alone, Google searches for “dog car rules” have dramatically increased. This comes as the British public prepares to go away for staycations across the UK this summer.
Avoid driving in a jerky or uncomfortable way, as this may frighten your dog and make them less likely to want to travel next time.
Make sure you bring your dog’s favourite treats to reward them for being a great travel companion.
A perfect solution could be a long-lasting chew for the journey or simply dropping them a little reward every so often.
To prepare for a summer of travel for humans and dogs, MINI UK has partnered with Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.
“It’s just as important to us that our four-legged customers love being in a MINI as much as the drivers do and we have had a lot of fun letting dogs of all shapes and sizes put our cars through the ultimate tail-wagging tests.
“As our partnership continues, we are really looking forward to working with Dogs Trust to help us support our MINI and dog-loving customers across the car buying and ownership journey, as we strive to become the UK’s first officially dog-friendly car retailer.”
Whilst all MINI UK retailers will be welcoming dogs through the doors with important doggy equipment such as bowls and mats, MINI will also be working with Dogs Trust canine behaviour experts to educate consumers on best practice for happy dog car journeys.
Dr Jenna Kiddie, Head of Canine Behaviour at Dogs Trust says, “As the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, we’re delighted to be part of MINI’s journey to becoming fully dog friendly.
“It’s really important that your car is right for the whole family, including your four-legged passenger, whose needs and safety requirements are slightly different to ours.
“It’s wonderful to see MINI, such an iconic automotive brand, considering the needs of dog owners, so they can make sure their beloved canine family members are safe and comfortable when on the road.”
Drivers should also be aware of Rule 57 of the Highway Code, which states that the driver is responsible for making sure dogs (or other animals) are suitably restrained in a vehicle.
This is so they can’t distract or injure you, or themselves, during an emergency stop.