Dogs make great driving buddies. They love your music choices, and they’re not backseat drivers. Unfortunately, a dog can wreak havoc on the interior of your vehicle, as they’re prone to leaving hair and slobber all over the place, resulting in a nasty cleanup process.
Fortunately, there are ways for your best friend to tag along without wrecking your interior. So if you want to enjoy a quick drive with your dog without dealing with the aftermath, here are the best ways to pet-proof your Honda.
Fabric and Seats
Your dog likely will ride shotgun or sit in the backseat on your drives, especially when the family isn’t in tow. While your buddy may love being close to you, he could leave stains and massive amounts of hair all over the seats. To protect you upholstery, try removable plastic or seat covers. They easily attach to and can be removed from the seats for easy cleanup.
You can also spray your seats with water-repelling fabric protectant. Mainly used to fight against against slobber, the waterproof barrier will prevent any wet spots and stains on the seats. Just make sure to test the spray on a small area of your seat to see what happens before applying all over the seats.
Floors and Cargo Area
For dogs that like to move to the floor or enjoy views from the cargo area, floor mats are your best bet for puppy proofing. All-weather and rubber mats capture the fur and drool, and like the seat covers, they can easily be installed and removed. They’re also easy to clean. Just remove them from the car and hose them down.
Smells and Odors
Air fresheners can combat any smells associated with your pooch, but this may only be a temporary solution. So if the dog smell in your car is overwhelming, take your vehicle for interior detailing services. This will not only get your Honda smelling great again, but it will also help to address any interior damage your dog has caused.
No matter how much you try to prevent stains and loose fur pileups, your dog will case the occasional mess in your vehicle. Keep a cleaning kit tucked away in your Honda and make sure it includes stain removers, glass cleaners, lint rollers, air fresheners, and water. This will keep your car looking presentable at all times and prevent unsightly stains from setting in.
You can also pack a small vacuum for a thorough clean at a moment’s notice. But if you’re driving a Honda Odyssey, you can save some room with the HondaVac. This feature in the Touring Elite trim of the 2015 model is a built-in vacuum that can reach the rear, middle, and front of the vehicle. Two attachments are included so you can really pick up all of the dirt and fur your dog tracks in.
Though your dog can leave a mess in your car, there’s no reason they can’t enjoy riding with you. With the best ways to pet-proof your Honda listed above, your furry friend will get to spend some quality time with you, and you can drive off with peace of mind knowing that your car is protected.
New Honda models are great pet chariots. They’re spacious and even offer amenities to make your drives with your pup easier. This year’s lineup is now available at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore in Cerritos near Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Downey. To schedule your test drive, visit our showroom at 18500 Studebaker Road in Cerritos!