If you’ve ever been trapped in a car with a cat, dog, ferret, or other animal that’s gone berserk, then it’s probably not an experience you’d care to repeat. Not only is it unpleasant for both you and your pet, but it’s also extremely dangerous since it will no doubt pull your focus off the road as you try to quiet him. The idea, of course, is to keep him calm throughout the trip, from start to finish, but you never know what might set him off and cause him to go crazy. A car horn, an engine revving, the motion of the vehicle, or even other animals outside could cause a reaction from your pet, and while you can probably take steps to prevent it from happening in the future, you need to know what to do in that moment to calm your frightened animal and keep both of you safe. Here are a few tips and tricks to do just that.
First of all, you need to pull over. You absolutely cannot drive your car effectively while you are attempting to calm and/or restrain a frightened animal. However, not all incidents have to do with fear. If your dog is aggressive or playful, he may go crazy when he sees another dog walking by. In this case, it won’t do any good to pull over next to the animal in question. Instead, pass by and go around a corner or pull into a parking lot before you bring the vehicle to a stop. Determining the stimulus that caused the outbreak could help you to figure out where you should go. But since you don’t always have time to make such an assessment, simply pull over as quickly and safely as possible.
Once you have stopped the vehicle, do NOT open the door to get out. This will only provide an opportunity for your crazed animal to escape (which he is probably more than keen to do, regardless of what spooked him or raised his hackles). Instead, roll up the windows to prevent escape, lock the doors to ensure that no well-intentioned outsiders try to help, and attempt to get your animal under control. Try to get him on your lap so that you can pet or soothe him. If you have any treats in the car, use them to pull his attention away from whatever has gotten him into this state.
And finally, try to find a way to restrain your pet so that you can continue to your destination. You should have a leash with you (almost all cities have leash laws and it’s just a good idea when you leave the house) so use it secure your animal to the car (put your pet on the floor and tie the leash to the grab handle above the passenger seat or the one on the passenger door, for example). Even better would be to put him in a pet carrier, but if he isn’t in one already, chances are you didn’t bring it along. Next time you’ll know better, but for the time when you find yourself unprepared and your pet simply goes crazy in the car, just pull over, calm your animal, and secure him for the remainder of the trip.
Jamie Greenwhich writes for Car Insurance Quotes where you can find cheap car insurance rates that will suit your needs.