how to travel by car with your dog?

Whether it is for a long or short walk, it can give rise to questions about what to do before taking your dog for a walk. How do you ensure the comfort of your pet? What does the law say about this? We answer your questions here.

Are you planning to travel with your dog this summer or for your next weekend off? Taking your four-legged animal with you in the car raises questions about the organization: should you tie it up? Put it in the trunk? Or in a cage?

We return to the legislation on this subject to ensure the best possible comfort for your dog on the road.

What does the law say?

Pursuant to Article R 412-1 of the Highway Code, “in traffic, every driver or passenger in a motor vehicle must wear an approved seat belt”. The animal must therefore also be compellingly linked.

On the other hand, Article R412-6 of the same Code provides for it “the possibilities of movement and the field of vision of the driver must not be reduced”. A dog jumping on the driver’s lap or an oversized cage that reduces its visibility can be considered an obstacle to driving.

How do you tie your dog?

There are several suitable means to attach your pet to the car and are sold in the market.

E.g, cords attached to the belt clip and which is attached to the dog’s harness: “to the harness rather than the collar, because if it has to pull very hard after a sudden stop or an accident, it is better for it to pull at shoulder height instead of at the neck”advises Alexandre Balzer, veterinarian and president of Société centrale canine, at

That transport bure is also an option, especially for small dogs. “It is safer, it will be better held and will be able to move more easily” completes the specialist.

If you own a station wagon, you can get your dog in the trunk with one net or a partition so he can not escape. But be careful to ensure ventilation, light as well as water and food for the animal for long journeys.

Ensuring animal safety and welfare

To ensure the safety and comfort of your pet in the car, Article R214-50 of the Rural Law states that “transport of animals in private cars takes place under the responsibility of the guide, so that the animals have space and ventilation that meets their vital needs”, under penalty of fine set for 4th class fines.

If the car is heavily loaded with luggage and passengers, it is possible to place the dog on the ground, preferably at the rear, where it will be better protected.

Take regular breaks

To make the ride as smooth as possible for your dog, schedule regular stops every two hours so he can walk, relax and drink. Also remember to bring some sweets or croquettes depending on the duration of the trip.

Like humans, our pets can also be prone to motion sickness, from simple anxiety to vomiting. It is therefore necessary to avoid giving them food before departure. And give them specific medication if necessary.

For young dogs, it is important to take several breaks, keep them cool and often offer them something to drink because they are even more sensitive to temperature rise and dehydration than adults recommend Actu.

Expect heat stroke

With the heat peaks envisaged this summer, the temperature in the cabin can rise rapidly the more passengers there are and if the ventilation is inadequate. It will therefore be necessary to ensure that the animal does not feel too hot and to hydrate it regularly.

It is a good idea to open windows for air circulation, but it is not recommended to let the animal’s head stick through them, especially on high-speed traffic routes.

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