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Summer is just around the corner, so PetGuide.com has put together some important car safety tips to remember if you're travelling with your dog.

Woo hoo! It's time for a road trip! To a dog, every time she takes a trip in the car, it's an adventure. Even though it's super fun for your pooch, there are precautions to take when you pull out of the driveway. Let's go over a few mistakes you may be making when it comes to dog car safety. Take notes - there will be a quiz later!

1. You let your dog roam the car freely. You never buckle up your pup. He goes from the back seat, to your lap, over to the passenger seat to look at what's going on outside. Not only is this a huge distraction, but what happens when you have to hit the brakes unexpectedly? Your dog can be hurt or can hurt someone else in the car. According to Barkbuckleup.com, a 60-lb dog traveling at 35 mph can turn into a 2,700 pound projectile during an accident. There are lots of products on the market that can help keep your dog safe, such as a pet barrier, a secured cage, harnesses and restraints, seatbelt attachments and booster seats.

2. You leave your dog in the car while you run errands. No matter what the season, it's never a good idea to leave a dog unattended in a vehicle. It leaves her vulnerable to thieves and there's a chance she becomes anxious and starts tearing apart your sweet ride. Or, she escapes on her own and wanders off (remember the IKEA monkey?) And, of course, there's heat stroke. You hear about tragic cases of dogs that have died as a result of being left in a car during a hot summer day. Even if you open the window a bit, that's still not enough to keep your car cool. In a matter of minutes, the temperature in a car can rise 20 degrees. So the next time you run to the store, leave your dog at home.
To read the complete Do You Make These 5 Dog Car Safety Mistakes? article, visit PetGuide.com.
 

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good advice. i made a mistake once. and i made sure it was my last.
a couple years ago i went to a super bowl party and left my boy in the tahoe. my dumbass left the sunroof open and the dog loose. (so technically 2 mistakes). i'm usually much more careful.
i came back out during halftime for a pee break and saw my starbuks in the cup holder knocked over. frappuccino-paw prints on my windshield. and no dog.
worst day ever. but God let me off easy. a neighbor and breed advocate, took him in and posted a lost-and-found ad on craigslist. he asked all the right questions when i called too. physical description. email a photo. etc. and he didn't even want any money (i gave him 100 bucks anyway... i would have given him a thousand if he asked).
lesson learned. never again.
always leashed to the cargo hooks in the floorboards by carabiner. without exception. windows cracked about 2 inches.
 

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I never allow Mel to sit in the front seat. Makes me so nervous. He is only allowed in the back and his leash is attached to the seatbelt usually. I want him to be able To spin around if e wants so I didn't like the dog harness for cars. Plus he has jumped out my back window so I won't let the same mistake happen twice. Sun roof is closed enough his head can't fit out lol

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