A lot of dog lovers worry about leaving their better halves—the four legged guys with a mean bark—at home during the 9 to 5 work day. Believe it or not, several places all around America allow pet owners to bring their dogs into work. Some Chevy dealerships even let dogs join their owners on test drives, understanding that how your pet will do in a car is a big determining factor in whether or not you get it.
If you’re planning on getting a new Chevy and often take Fido along for rides—whether it’s to work, to the vet, or even on a vacation—make sure to get a car that is suited not just to your needs but also to the needs of man’s best friend. Here are some tips to help you out.
- Always ensure the car has safety windows and locks. Curious critters will often press buttons they shouldn’t.
- For shedding dogs, don’t forget to consider fabric treatment options.
- Size and age of dog are very important factors. The bigger the dog is, the more backseat space you will need. Good luck fitting a German Shepherd into a Chevy Spark. Age is often overlooked, but for more elderly dogs, it is important to have cars that are lower to the ground, to make getting in and out easier.
- Ask your dealer about hooks to attach your dog’s safety harness.
- Tinted windows are dog’s other best friend, as they prevent your canine from overheating.
Once you have your Chevy to cart your critter to work in, it is imperative that you stick to some crucial safety guidelines to provide the most harmless drive for you and your passengers—human or otherwise.
- Dogs belong in the backseat. Front seat driving is dangerous to a dog, as airbags can seriously injure them.
- Keeping a first aid kit in the car is smart, for both dogs and human passengers.
- Many pet owners think traveling with a crate is the safest option, but crates can actually pop open upon impact in the event of a crash. The safest option is a harness that attaches to a hook.
- Letting your dog hang its head out the window sounds cute in theory, but it can actually endanger your dog. It stands the chance of getting debris in its eyes, falling off the seat, or slamming against the window frame upon stopping or slowing down.
The most important thing to remember is to have fun. Even if you are just going to work, it’s you and your best friend behind the wheel of your favorite car. Life is anything but ruff.
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