Posted Date: August 16, 2006
USDAA competitors often travel to competitions, but they may not realize that the way they travel can mean the difference between life or death.
Do you drive with Fido loose in the back seat or running around your RV? Do you pile your gear on the passenger seat? Things like these can make a big difference in the event of an accident.
The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association states that a 60-pound dog riding in a car traveling at 30 miles per hour becomes a projectile which can hit the windshield - or the driver - with the force of 1,200 pounds. While 82% of Americans wear their seatbelts, only a fraction secure their dog during car travel, which means that in an accident a canine companion can become a deadly missile. This endangers your dog, your passengers, and you.
Competitors can travel much more safely by securing their dogs (and other loose objects) in their vehicle.
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Brenna Fender is the editor for the USDAA's subscriber services portion of the website. She is also a freelance writer, wife, and parent of three dogs, a cat, and one child (soon to be two). Please contact Brenna at BrennaFender@gmail.com with comments, questions, or submissions.