Pet-Friendly Travel: Creating a secure ride for your furry friends with #FordCanada

29 Jul

Escape Pet Friendly Ford


With all of this amazing weather we’ve been having this summer, who isn’t in the mood for a road trip?

It’s great to pack up and go, and we all plan so carefully, but when it comes to our 4 legged family members it can get a little complicated.

Whether it’s your first road trip with a pet, maybe you’re dog sitting or you just want some more info, here are some great tips from Ford of Canada and Sarah Warford, editor of for how to travel with your pet:


• Create a designated space in the back of the vehicle where there is enough room for your pet to lay down. Pet barriers, seatbelts and crates should all be installed properly. A vehicle with load- flat floor and seats, like the Ford Escape, can help to accommodate large pet crates.

• Line this space with a rubber cargo mat, similar to what can be found in the Ford Escape (or towels, seat covers that are removable, washable, and easy to clean on the go).

• Make sure water is available in the space. Collapsible bowls are great when space is limited – even better if it’s spill proof. Pack enough of your dog’s regular food for the trip so you don’t run out. Changing foods can be hard on your dog’s system and you don’t want to experience that on the road! The second-row floor compartment in the Escape is great for storing dry animal food in travel-size containers for pets to eat accessibly.

• Dogs love sticking their heads outside of a moving car, but that’s also one of the easiest ways for a pet to be injured, whether it’s from a flying rock or even falling out of the vehicle. It’s OK to briefly roll the window down to satisfy a curious nose, but not more than that. Wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit into their eyes

• Keep snacks close at hand and reward your pet for good behavior in the vehicle – a new or favourite toy is a great traveling distraction • Travel can cause anxiety, and an anxious dog can easily distract a driver. Keep your pet well- exercised before and during your trip, or consider hiring a local dog running or walking service if you don’t think you’ll have time.

• Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Remember that cars heat up fast – even with the windows cracked.

• When you stop, make sure your dog is securely on a leash before you let them out of the vehicle. The Ford Escape has secure metal trunk loops, which provide a way to clip leashes and secure your pet so she doesn’t jump out when you open the trunk.

• When you arrive – take your dog on a long walk/run right away. This will not only help burn off energy they’ve built up on the trip, but also help them become familiar with the place they are staying and the people who are there.

Safe travels and here’s to many more great Canadian road trips for the whole family!

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