Cookie loves the car. All that it takes for her to think she's going for a ride is to see the garage door open when she's out in the backyard. Or, I will ask her if she wants to go for a ride in the car, she'll act like she's found nirvana.
In the wintertime, I'll take her along with the others, for a ride. They absolutely love it. Occasionally, I'll take them on errands with me and leave them in there for a short time (under 20 minutes). After an extended period of time, the car will act like a refrigerator.
Now, I've read that leaving your dog in a cold car can be as dangerous as leaving them in a warm car. I think like warm weather days, one must use common sense on cold weather days.Here are things to consider when keeping your dogs in the car for any period of time:
- Keep an eye on the temperature. A 32° F degree day is much warmer than a 15 °F degree day.
- Small dogs will get much colder than larger dogs.
- Dogs with thicker coats will stay warm longer than short-haired dogs like boxers and greyhounds.
- The ASPCA does not recommend keeping a dog left in a car in winter.
- The temperature in a car drops after twenty minutes.
- Never mix taking your dogs in the car with shopping.
Those are my tips for driving your dog in winter. What are yours?