Years ago, when you wanted to lock your car doors, it meant manually pushing down the protruding door locks on the door. However, the modern car design has made locking your car door as convenient as tapping a button. While this is convenient for you, it can also mean that leaving your dog unattended in your vehicle when the keys are inside can be a really bad idea. One slip of the paw and your car doors could be locked, pup inside, and you on the outside trying to figure out what in the world you will do now. If your playful pooch is your usual shotgun rider, there are a few things you should remember just in case you ever find yourself in this situation.
A car can overheat very quickly even on just barely warm days.
You may think because it is just a warm spring day of 70 degrees that your dog will be okay to wait until you figure something out. However, even on a 70 degree day, the temperature inside of a car can raise to a staggering 104 degrees in just a half an hour if it is parked directly in the sun. Therefore, acting quickly is absolutely necessary. Take note of the time and call for help immediately. If possible, grab what you have available, such as a blanket or jacket, and cover the car windows to keep out the sun.
If you do not have a local lockout service, it is best to call the local emergency responders.
If you explain the situation to a lockout service representative, they can usually be to your location in a matter of minutes and have the door opened in nothing flat. However, if you do not have a local service or they cannot get to you in a timely fashion, contact the local emergency services because they can get to you quickly to save your pet.
Consider investing in a pet restraint device for your vehicle.
Prevention is always the safest bet when it comes to hauling your canine with you in the car. It is best if you have a pet safety restraint in your vehicle specifically because of situations like this. You can pick up small restraints that attach to the car's interior and give the dog a small leash to move around with, but not enough that they can get to the door locks or get to you while you are driving.Share
21 July 2017
After our home was vandalized when we were away on vacation, I realized that we really needed to spend a little money to update our door locks and hardware. We looked at our broken locks, figured out where we went wrong, and immediately started working with a locksmith to correct the issue. It was amazing to see what a great difference we were able to make. The locksmith came out, replaced our old, damaged locks with an electronic version, and taught us how to use the system. This blog is all about your different door lock options, so that you understand how to keep your home safe.