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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., in partnership with the American Kennel Club, have offered some tips to keep your dog happy and healthy when riding in the car. The tips were response to a study conducted by the Hartford, sponsor of the AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs, and the American Kennel Club (AKC).

Tips include securing your dog in a crate while traveling, stopping every three hours for a 30-minute break on long road trips and closing vehicle windows to prevent ear and eye injuries — if your pet wants to stick his head out of the window.

“We love to hit the road with our canine companions because it’s fun to live vicariously through our dog’s sense of discovery, especially on long road trips,” said AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “But the next time you tell your dog ‘Want to go for a ride?’ remember to plan for the dog’s safety and comfort too.”

In 2010, The Hartford joined with the American Kennel Club to offer auto and home insurance to owners of AKC registered dogs. The Hartford is also the exclusive auto and home insurance sponsor of the AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs. To become a fan of the AKC on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. To follow the AKC on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/akcdoglovers.

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