Listen: new guide for UK holidaymakers with pets during ‘Great British summer getaway’

5th August 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

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Excess time spent at home and new flexible working policies saw millions of people buy a new pet during lockdown. As travel restrictions continue throughout the summer, 4.7 million Brits will be hitting the road for dog-friendly domestic ‘staycation’ but safety concerns are mounting for those travelling without a device to safely secure their dog while driving.

New research, commissioned by Halfords, reveals an alarming knowledge gap and disregard for safety equipment among dog owners. 79 per cent admit that their dog isn’t always secured when they travel with them in the car, meaning that they are more likely to distract the driver and are at risk of serious injury in the event of an accident.

The Kennel Club urges motorists to take greater safety precautions when travelling with their dogs and to adopt the same level of care as they would when travelling with a child in the car. The charity is also urging people to speak to a pet travel specialist prior to their journey so that they can be advised on the right equipment for their dog.

Aston spoke to Dr Edward Hayes from The Kennel Club.

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