Canines in Cars

Riding in the back seat of Dad's jeep

Riding in the back seat of Dad's jeep

I have been in several car accidents over the years.  I usually have a canine along with me in the car.  Years ago I  allowed my dogs to ride where ever they wanted with one exception being not in my lap if I was the driver.  I never tolerated a dog being hyper active in the vehicle.  They knew they were to be ladies and gentlemen.  Then I started training hearing dogs and one sound the dogs were taught was the siren sound (ambulances, rescue units, etc.).  The dogs always rode in the back seat in order to work that specific sound because after they heard it and identified it, they would very carefully climb from the back seat to the front, without compromising the deaf driver, and then lay down on the front seat.  The driver instantly recognized that their dog was telling them that there was a siren sound.  It would not have worked if the dog had had to be "belted" into the backseat as is fast becoming the norm today.

 

Further, I always travel with emergency supplies when I have a canine with me.  Water, blanket, dry dog food, flashlight and lead are always with me and sadly, I've had to use them all over the years.  So think ahead people, and make sure that you have prepared for emergencies that can and do occur.  Any canine is precious cargo especially those canines that have been specially trained to assist their human partners.

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