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The Best Way for Your Dog to Ride in the Car with You

By Stacey Brecher for Exceptional Canine

The Best Way for Your Dog to Ride in the Car with You

Ready to hit the road with your dog? Before you put the car into drive, it’s important to make sure that your dog is safe. Some options for properly restraining your dog while in the car are in a crate, a harness or a seat belt.

Using a Crate

If you decide to keep your dog in a crate for the duration of the car ride, and your vehicle has enough room to stow it, the crate should be large enough for your dog to lie down or stand up and turn around. Bill Rabenberg, owner/trainer at Red Iron Kennels of Manor, Texas explains: “You must also ensure the crate is not so large that the dog can easily be tossed around inside,” he said. “It’s helpful to include a soft crate-bed to provide padding for the dog to lie on, but torn newspapers or cedar shavings also provide a soft spot for animals still learning to ride without getting carsick, and these make cleaning up a snap.”

Keeping your dog in a crate stops your pet from moving around the vehicle while it’s in motion, and also prevents him and you from injury during a sudden stop or accident.

Where to Let Them Ride

The safest place for your dog is in the back seat of the car. You can easily install a harness or dog seat belt to keep your pet from climbing into the front seat. “Some pets are difficult to manage when nervous, and may suddenly climb onto the driver's lap, interfere with driving or jump down below the driver’s legs, obstructing his ability to reach the gas and brake pedals and possibly causing an accident,” Rabenberg says. 

Another reason to keep your pet in the back seat is the danger from the force of a deployed airbag.

Dealing With Fear and Car Sickness

Many dogs are afraid of riding in the car or are apt to get carsick, but there are steps you can take to teach your dog that car rides are fun. Rabenberg suggests allowing the dog to sit in the car in the back seat while you sit in the front seat until he relaxes and then you can pet or reward him. After trying this for a few days, you can turn on the car but not drive anywhere. “After several successful attempts on several days, go for a short drive, just around the block,” Rabenberg says. “When you arrive home, take some time to pet and talk to your pet before getting out of the car, so he knows his reward comes with remaining in the vehicle, not rushing to get out. Repeat this several days in a row, then slowly expand your trips, making them a few blocks longer, and finally take him to a fun location, gradually increasing the distances.”

Allowing your dog to feel more comfortable in a moving car will lower his stress level and prevent accidents in the car.

Dogs enjoy the feel of a breeze coming from the car windows on their faces, too, so feel free to leave the window open, as long as your dog is properly restrained. If not, keep the windows closed to prevent him from falling or jumping out.

Your dog may be unhappy at first, but with a little time and patience he will soon become used to the restraint and look forward to your next car ride adventure. 

Stacey Brecher is an editor at Woman’s World magazine, and a contributor to Animal Fair magazine. Stacey's blogs have previously appeared on Exceptional Canine.

Rabies Clinic, Leicester, April 27

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog or cat vaccinated against rabies? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, April 27 in Leicester. 

The clinic will be held from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Liecester Community Center. Rabies vaccinations and other vaccinations will be available at low cost. Microchips to protect your pet if lost are also available at a low fee.

Free Fearful Dog Session-Asheville, April 27

Be Brave

Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free information session, "Be Brave!," for owners of fearful dogs on Saturday, April 27, from 9 to 11 AM. The session will be held at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville. (Off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors, near the WNC Farmers Market). Humans only, please.

Topics include how to help your dog gain confidence, learning how to understand signs of anxiety and when to step in, how to prevent fear from becoming aggression, and fundamental techniques to help your "wallflower" blossom. 

For more information, visit or call (828) 707-0644. This session is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.

Photo credit: Image: Stuart Miles /

Advocating for Animals Meeting-Columbus, April 25

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 04 13.12The Humane Society of the United States is holding an "Advocating for Animals" grassroots meeting on Thursday, April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Isothermal Community College, Polk County Campus, 1255 West Mills Street in Columbus, NC.

Join the NC State Director of The Humane Society of the United States, North Carolina Voters For Animal Welfare, and Susie's Law for a special award ceremony and grassroots meeting.

The Foothills Humane Society has received a "Shelters We Love Award" for their community outreach and outstanding work for animals in the Foothills. This meeting will celebrate the Foothill Humane Society and talk about projects underway to improve life for North Carolina's animals.

Individuals who are concerned about puppy mills, animal fighting and local animal issues, or just generally advocating for animals in North Carolina are encouraged to attend this informative and motivational meeting to learn how you can take action for animals.

Click here to learn more and to RSVP

Heartworm Has Met Its Match

Guest Post by Logan Hickey, Pet Health Blogger

HeartwormYes, it is true. The disease facing thousands of canines each year has met its match. It may surprise you, however, who this match is. It is YOU.

You, the pet owner, are the most effective match in thwarting the deadly heartworm disease. Before describing how you can do this, it is important to learn the basics of heartworm disease.

In short, heartworm disease in canines is a condition caused by a mosquito bite that transmits microfilariae into the dog. Over many months, the microfilariae develop into adult worms, located in the lungs and heart. The resulting disease is called dirofilaria immitis, or heartworm disease, and can be fatal to your dog.

Despite this, there is still hope. You are the greatest opposition to this disease. “How?” you might ask.

It’s all about Prevention.

The most effective method to protect your dog from the harmful effects of heartworm disease is to prevent the disease altogether. So, the question is “How?”

The answer is quite simple. Give your dog a weekly or monthly chewable tablet. The tablets are safe and inexpensive. Most importantly, they are effective. If you prefer not to treat your pooch on a monthly basis, there are six month injections available as well. Either way, the treatments successfully prevent adult worms from reaching the lungs, hence, preventing the disease. Consult your local veterinarian to determine the most appropriate product for your dog.

So, maybe some of you believe your dog may already have heartworm disease. Don't Panic, but act quickly! The disease is treatable in canines.

First, watch for the following symptoms in your dog: difficulty breathing, mild-worsening cough, fatigue when exercising, reduced appetite, and even weight loss.

If any of these symptoms are present, see your local veterinarian. He may decide to complete a detection test in search for microfilariae, the antigen, or simply to perform an ultrasound or x-ray of the heart and lungs.

If it is determined that your dog has heartworm disease, there is only one US-approved method of treatment for the disease in its advanced-stage. The treatment involves a series of two or three injections into your dog’s back muscles. You will need to keep your dog confined with minimal exercise for one to two months to reduce the likelihood of severe respiratory problems or blood clots. While these treatments and associated confinement can be difficult, in many cases you can expect a full recovery if the disease is discovered in time.

While often effective, this treatment option can be quite expensive and dangerous. Hence, PREVENTION is the best way to fight the disease.

So, I urge you not to simply read this blog. Save your dog’s life right now. Prevent heartworms from attacking. Here are the steps to do so.

  1. Consult your local veterinarian to determine the proper product (tables) to protect your dog.
  2. Search for the product online to save money.
  3. Give your dog the weekly or monthly dosage.
  4. Enjoy your dog’s golden years!

About is an online Pet Pharmacy providing customers with the exact same pet medications as provided by veterinarians for a discounted price. The staff at cares deeply about your pet needs as we also have pets of our own. Our promise to you is that we will provide the highest quality products available at an affordable price and will match any competitor’s prices. Visit or call (888) 732-3979 for more information.

Blogger Bio
Logan Hickey is a member of’s Pet Pharmacy Team. He frequently writes blogs for Official Blog and guest blogs on numerous pet-related websites on the topic of pet medical and health information. His information not only comes from “book” knowledge, but also from having three dogs of his own – two Collies and one Boston Terrier. You can email Logan with your pet-related health questions at

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Free Housetraining Session-Asheville, April 20

ScreenHunter_02 May. 23 15.15Pet Behavior Aid is offering "Housetraining 101," a free one hour housetraining help session, on Saturday, April 20 from 10 to 11 AM. The session will be conducted at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption and Education Center at 14 Forever Friend Lane in Asheville (off Brevard and Pond Roads, behind Harmony Motors, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Topics include:

  • How to teach your dog when and where to eliminate
  • Housetraining schedules
  • Management options including crate training
  • Proper accident cleanup
  • Troubleshooting

The help session is free and open to the public, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Humans only, please.

For more information, visit:, email, or call (828) 707-0644.

Free Puppy Social-Asheville, April 20

ID-10036262Your puppy needs socialization with other dogs to develop into a healthy, balanced pet. Join other puppy owners at a puppy social on Saturday, April 20 from 9 to 10 AM, at Asheville Humane Society's Adoption and Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (off Pond and Brevard Roads, behind Harmony Motors, near the WNC Farmers Market).

Mingle with other puppy parents and get your training questions answered by certified trainers while your puppy romps with other pups and meets new and different people and things. Doggie treat bag and human treats provided for all participants.

- Ages 9-20 weeks of age
- Puppies must be healthy
- Must be in home at least 10 days prior to coming to social
- Must have at least 2 sets of vaccinations
(copy of vet records required)
- Rabies vaccine is required (16 weeks and older)

This is a FREE family friendly event, but space is limited! Reserve your puppy’s spot today. Call (828) 707-0644 or email to make a reservation. For more information

Image: nixxphotography /

Yappy Hour - North Asheville, April 18

Dog Biscuit cocktailBring your doggy to Asheville Humane Society's Yappy Hour on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. It will be held at Edna's of Asheville, 870 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville. Yappy Hours are the place for cool canines to congregate. They'll enjoy special treats and drinks made especially for them while you and your four-legged friend get to mingle with other dog lovers!

Admission of just $10 per person includes food and beverages and dogs are free. The Yappy Hour is being sponsored by Mix 96.5 and Paramount Kia. All proceeds go to help the homeless animals of Buncombe County. More information is available at


Free Stop the Barking Session-Asheville, April 18

ScreenHunter_03 Jan. 13 16.13Pet Behavior Aid will hold a free session to help dog owners deal with barking. If you tried everything you know to do do to stop your dog from barking so much, then this session is for you. Learn the different types of barks, what they mean, and creative ways to stop the barking.

The session will be held on Thursday, April 18 from 7 to 8 PM at the Asheville Humane Society Adoption & Education Center, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville (behind Harmony Motors, off Brevard and Pond Roads, near the WNC Farmers Market). Humans only, please.

For more information, visit or call (828) 707-0644. This session is sponsored by Pet Behavior Aid, an organization dedicated to to increasing the retention of companion animals in their homes in Western North Carolina.

Rabies and Shot Clinic, Asheville, April 13

Dog_being_vaccinatedNeed to get your dog or cat vaccinated? Come to a low-cost shot clinic on Saturday, April 13. 

The clinic will be held from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Biltmore Square Mall on Brevard Road, indoors at the former Garfields Restaurant. Rabies vaccinations and other vaccinations will be available at low cost. Microchips to protect your pet if lost are also available at a low fee.

Paws on Parade Walk-a-Thon, Asheville, April 27

ScreenHunter_01 Apr. 08 15.55On Saturday, April 27 from 9 to 11 AM, the Paws on a Mission Pet Therapy Program at Mission Health will hold its annual Paws on Parade Walk-a-Thon. The event will take place at Carrier Park in West Asheville.

This year's Paws On Parade will pay tribute to volunteer Irv Deibert ,who passed away in January 2013, and his therapy dog, Izzy, for the amazing paw print they left on the Paws On A Mission Pet Therapy Program.

A program of Mission Hospital's Integrative Healthcare Department, Paws On A Mission consists of more than 100 dedicated volunteers and their pets that touch lives throughout the Western North Carolina community with the healing power of pet therapy. Paws On A Mission therapy dogs spread smiles, comfort, hope and healing to hospital patients of all ages, children and youth in local schools and at community agencies. Mission is one of only a small number of hospitals to have pet therapy coordinators on staff who recruit, train and schedule pet therapy volunteers. As a result of having coordinators on staff, Mission has one of the largest programs in the southeast, and its services are in high demand.

Paws On Parade Walk-A-Thon not only raises funds to support the growing program, it is a celebration of the bond we have with our animals. All well behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. There is a minimum donation of $10 per family to participate in Paws On Parade; however, all are encouraged to get sponsors for a pet therapy or family dog's participation in the Walk-A-Thon. The fund raising goal is $10,000, and all donations are being matched dollar for dollar up to $4,000 by an anonymous donor.

For additional information, including a downloadable fundraising packet, visit: 

Free Leash Training Session-Leicester, April 10

DogonleashIs your dog friendly towards dogs off-leash, but becomes a wild, reactive beast when restrained? Then this free help session is for you!

Pet Behavior Aid presents "GRRRR! Leash Reactivity Help Session" on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 to 8 PM. It will be held at The TailGait Market, 328 New Leicester Highway, #142, Leicester, NC.

Topics include:

  • How to read your dog's signals before he or she erupts
  • Management tools and ideas to reduce reactivity
  • Helpful behaviors to teach your feisty fido
  • How to set up for successful dog greetings

This help session is open to the public and free of charge, but donations will be accepted. The event is for humans only and no registration is required. 

For more information, visit, email, or call (828) 707-0644.

Image: Quinn Dombrowski, Flickr

Fun Run and Dog Walk Benefits Sarge's, April 13

ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 15 13.45Join friends of Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation at a Benefit One Mile Fun Run & Dog Walk at Lake Junaluska on Saturday April 13. All proceeds directly benefit Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation. Stroll with family and friends or compete for first place!

Bring your friendly fur baby on a leash to enjoy the event. Festivities include a bake sale and photo booth. Registration is $5 and begins at 9 AM and the walk/run starts at 10 AM. The event will start at the Bethea Welcome Center parking area at 91 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska, NC. You may register online in advance at: Day of event registration is also welcome.

You may pay the registration fee to walk/run or seek additional donations and/or sponsors to raise even more for Sarge’s. If you'd like to fundraise online, a CrowdRise fundraiser has been created – join the team at: For more information, call 828-734-1307 or 828-508-2997.

100 percent of proceeds goes to Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation, whose mission is to save animals from euthanasia in the Haywood County Animal Control facility (HCAC). 

"Release Your Inner Animal" on April 11

ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 25 16.01On Thursday, April 11, the Asheville Affiliates are throwing a fundraising party to benefit Animal Compassion Network’s lifesaving programs. The event, "Release Your Inner Animal," will take place from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM in Asheville Brewing Co.'s new event space, The Mill Room, located at 66 Asheland Avenue in downtown Asheville.

The jungle-themed event will be an animal costumed evening including vegetarian and vegan hors d'oeuvres donated from local restaurants, with Catawba Brewing Co. beer and wine provided by Skyland Distributing, all set to the live music styling of local favorite, DJ Marley. Other event attractions include a party animal photo booth and fundraising raffle with dozens of items donated by local artists and businesses.

Costumes are encouraged! Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include food, beer and wine. To purchase tickets in advance and for more information, go to:

Run for the Paws - April 7, Fletcher, NC

ScreenHunter_01 Feb. 12 11.29Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will hold the 4th Annual Run for the Paws 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk on Sunday, April 7th at Fletcher Park in Fletcher, NC. The run/walk will begin at 1:30pm, with a free Wagging Wellness Fair for pets and people featuring awards, live music, and tasty food for purchase, going on from 1:30 to 4:30pm.

There will be plenty of events for the dogs too! In addition to doggie games and nail trims, furry attendees will get to check out all kinds of items at the pet vendor expo, showcasing the many goods and services available to pet parents in the Asheville area.

Registration is $30. Fee includes entry, race t-shirt, and light refreshments. Packet pickup will be on Saturday, April 6th from 1-7 PM at the Brother Wolf Animal Rescue ReTail Store, located at 38 Glendale Avenue in Asheville, just across the street from the Adoption Center.

More information is available here.