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NAWT gears up to offer car buyers pet-friendly travel advice

We have teamed up with online automotive marketplace* to provide guidance and advice on safe car travel with your dog this Spring.

The partnership follows a survey of 2,000 dog-owning drivers which revealed a fifth (22 per cent) got their most recent dog after the start of lockdown – leaving some with hefty costs.

More than a third (35 per cent) of new dog owners said they had to buy a larger or more practical car because of the dog.

With around 800,000 puppies and dogs estimated to be bought per year, this means an estimated 280,000 people bought cars to accommodate their new canine friends.

More than a quarter (27 per cent) of respondents admitted they should have thought more about the car they owned when getting a dog – but this number increased to 61 per cent among the ‘lockdown dog owners’.

The research also revealed 38 per cent of vehicle searching dog owners wanted wipe clean materials inside the car, the same number wanted rear doors and 31 per cent said durable materials are an important feature which impacts their buying decision.

When out on the road, 39 per cent of dogs are sat on the back seat, while 28 per cent put their dog in the boot when driving.

To ensure they are looked after in the safest way possible, the online company approached the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT), to help them understand the needs of dogs when travelling.

“Part of being a responsible pet owner is ensuring you do your due diligence when searching for a car that suits both the needs of your family and your dog. Owners need to think about sufficient space, safety and comfort for their animals in much the same way they would for themselves and the human members of their family”. - Gary McKee, NAWT Fundraising & Marketing Manager

CarGurus has developed a new tool which suggests the right vehicle based on the size of your family and the size of your dogs. Please visit to find out more.

For more guidance on safe travelling tips, download NAWT’s Dog Travel Tips information sheets by clicking the buttons below.

Car Travel Safety for Dogs

Top Travel Tips for Dogs

*NAWT has worked with to provide dog travel safety and comfort guidance only. Advice on cars has been devised by