Teaching New Tricks at the Dog Park

By Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Chilly and I are happy to report that we met lots of great dogs and people during our two visits to  Cherry Creek Dog Park in Colorado. Chilly played while I chatted with pet parents about the various pet restraint options for dogs when traveling in cars.  Chilly wears his red Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness at the park, which gives me the perfect opening to talk about pet safe auto travel and the Toyota PET initiative. This family even let us try out the Zip Line on their Goldendoodle!

Half way there…

By Sunday, December 12, 2010

We've driven 994 miles so far, from Tampa, Florida to Bryant, Arkansas.  Chilly and I are taking a break from the road to visit with my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Mike. Great food, warm bed, and family. You can't beat it! If you follow my blog, you know that we are on a holiday road trip as part of the Toytoa PET initiative--to educate pet parents about the importance of using restraint devices designed for pets while traveling by automobile. (Read my Nov. 14th blog entry for more info about the program.) More and more Americans take Fido along in the car, whether it be to run errands, go to the dog park, or to take a family vacation. One in three pet owners admit that they have been distracted by their pet while driving in their vehicle, according to a recent study by AAA and Kurgo.  We all know that distractions can and often do lead to accidents. If you're headed out on a long trip with you dog for the holidays, here's what we've learned works ...

AAA/Kurgo Doggie Distraction Facts

By Wednesday, December 8, 2010

If your pet goes along for the ride in your vehicle, be sure you take steps to properly restrain them.  Check out these survey results from AAA and Kurgo. 39 percent of U.S. households (45.6 million) have a dog, according to American Pet Products Association. 1 out of 3 dog owners admit to being distracted by their dog while driving, however twice as many (2 out of 3) admit to engaging in distracting activities with their dog while driving, according to the AAA/Kurgo survey. Looking away from the road for only two seconds doubles your risk of being in a crash, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports  6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver and more than half a million were injured. However, many traffic safety experts believe the actual number to be substantially higher. Only 17 percent of dog owners who have driven with their pet use some form of pet restraint while their dog is in their vehicle, according to the survey ...