Clean Run - June 2012 - (Page 13)

Why Restrain Your Dog? Accidents happen, and dogs are not invulnerable. According to the 2012 Statistical Abstract compiled by the US Census Bureau, there were 10,800,000 motor vehicle accidents reported in 2009, with the most common type of collision being a rear end collision. “A dog is just as vulnerable to injury in a collision as we are,” says Dr. Debbie Mandell of Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital and a Pet Expert for the American Red Cross. One of the worst cases she’s seen involved a Collie that was thrown forward from the backseat and sustained a broken back. “I always advocate some sort of restraint for a dog travelling in a car,” she says. And just like a small child, a dog riding in the front seat can be injured, even fatally, by an airbag deployed in a crash. If an injured—or worse—dog isn’t enough of an incentive to restrain a dog, consider this: a 60-pound dog traveling at 35 miles an hour can turn into a 2,700-pound projectile in an accident. Imagine that hitting the back of your head. A loose dog can also be a distraction to the driver. One friend tells of her German Shepherd that playfully put his paw on the steering wheel causing the woman to drive into a tree. A recent news story related the details of a fatal crash in which the driver of one car said he was distracted when his Terrier mix jumped into his lap. On the Road Again Safety Measures for Driving with Your Dog By Sally Silverman There are countless stories of dogs, frightened by the trauma of a crash, jumping out of the car and running away, or, tragically, being hit by another car on the road. Even if the dog doesn’t leave the vehicle, a frightened dog can be a hindrance to rescuers arriving on the scene. What Are the Options? If you want to keep your dog safe in the car, you have some choices. For those of us that play agility, crates are the most common method of transporting dogs. There are also barriers that con ne the dog to the rear portion of the vehicle, seatbelt harnesses, and travel seats. There are pros and cons to all of them, and the option you choose should be 13 It’s probably true. There is nothing like feeling the wind in your fur when you’re traveling down the highway. And while none of us is immune to the look of pure joy on the face of a dog with his head out of the car window, it’s a picture that could easily turn deadly both for the dog and the people in the car. Most of us wouldn’t consider getting in a car without buckling up. Or taking the kids along without the proper restraints. So why doesn’t your agility teammate get the same consideration? June 12 | Clean Run

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - June 2012

Clean Run - June 2012
Editorializing: The Other Bank Account
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Backyard Dogs
Awesome Paws Drills: Skills Checklist, Part 3
On the Road Again: Safety Measures for Driving with Your Dog
Challenges for Rising Stars
Proofing Your Dog’s Weave Pole Performance
Knowledge Equals Speed! Positive Training Routines
Analyze This!
Perfecting Nutrition for Performance Dogs
Why Dogs Sniff and What to Do About It
Building Blocks: Building Skills Around the Tunnel
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
New & Common Therapies for Treating Injuries in the Canine Athlete
Agility Mind Gym: Visualization
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: Shy & Overwhelmed

Clean Run - June 2012