Driving Dog – Should your Pekingese Learn?

 


Driving Dog – Should your Pekingese Learn?

Can you imagine a driving dog? Let alone, your Pekingese driving for you. He may be small, yes but you can always do something in order to adjust it, if you really want him to learn.

Moving forward, in New Zealand there is a dog driving lessons going on by the NZ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) as part of their campaign to clear up misconceptions about rescue dogs. It is to demonstrate that you can really teach an old dog new tricks. The dogs were trained for weeks before getting into a real car, which was modified in order to accommodate the needs of a canine driver. So, it is safe to say that the car is already customized according to the dog’s needs. So far, the dogs have driven only with a human guidance and with verbal commands.

Anyway, when I am out driving and see a dog in other people’s car, it makes me smile. I like the idea that there are people who take the time to tag their pets with them in order to give it a tour around town. However, my smile would turn into a frown if the dog has his head stuck out the window, darting to and fro across seats or worse, left unattended at the back of a truck. And the worse of all is when I see a dog left all alone in a hot car!

As much as we love our pets, we have an obligation to transport them safely for the welfare of both parties (pet and owner). All dog breeds should learn how to ride politely inside a car. They are the safest when they are placed in a sturdy crate that is fastened securely in place. Plus you also must have enough water supply for your pet and that he must be wearing his ID.

Driving Dog

Car Safety Hazards with Dogs

  • A canine who interferes with the driver. If a dog is sitting on the driver’s lap then chances are he is somehow interfering with the steering. A dog who is left to go under and step on the accelerator, brake pedals or hits the gear shifts can cause an accident.
  • A pet who interfere’s with the driver’s mental focus. If the driver’s attention is taken away from the road just so he can reprimand his pet, then this is a serious safety hazard.
  • A loose dog can be a flying saucer if the car suddenly stops or if it is hit accidentally by another car.
  • A dog with a head out in the window can actually suffer from eye injury from dust, debris or other flying bits or worse can smash his head by passing objects like mirrors from other vehicles, tree branches, sign boards, etc…
  • A loose dog can jump out or fall from an open window or if placed at the back of a truck.

A driving dog seems like a cool idea and it is getting quite popular in Europe these days. However, be reminded that the temperature inside a parked car on a warm (not summer hot) day is already enough to kill a dog. It is good that you will first know all your options before you decide on doing things. I am not saying that you should just leave your pet at home; it’s just that there are lots of things to consider first to keep everyone safe while enjoying your pet’s company inside the car.

What is your say about it? I just saw a video posted about a pekingese ‘driving’ but she was just actually sitting on the lap of the driver. She was so cute, though. Share your sentiments or opinions with us below.

 

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