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Dogs Trust have recently launched The Houndway Code road safety campaign. As dog owners take to their cars over this August Bank Holiday, new research has revealed that more than two thirds of dog owners regularly travel with their dog unrestrained in the passenger seat. Dogs Trust, including their Rehoming Centre in Ballymena will be using The Houndway Code as their new car safety awareness campaign.
The Dogs Trust say –
The survey revealed that nearly half* of the British dog owning driving public, accounting for over 2.5 million people, are unaware that they are breaking the law and not abiding by the Highway Code by not suitably restraining their dog whilst driving.
44% of owners do not restrain their dogs with a harness whilst in the car.
A quarter admitted to finding them a distraction.
10% saying they had to take their hand off the wheel to restrain their four-legged passengers.
5% even confessing to taking selfies and playing with their dog whilst driving.
*Atomik Research survey of 2000 respondents in July 2017.
Dr Rachel Casey, Director of Canine Behaviour and Research for Dogs Trust explains.
“Dogs are such an important part of people’s lives so it’s understandable that owners want to take them out and about with them. However, our survey shows many people don’t know the safest way to travel with their dogs. Some are even unwittingly breaking the law by letting their dogs roam around the car whilst they are on the move.
Fortunately, Dogs Trust Dog School is on hand to provide some handy tips on the best way to make your bank holiday trip with your pooch as smooth as possible.”
Dogs Trust Dog School’s handy tips for taking your four-legged family members on car trips this bank holiday and in the future:
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