Tips for Traveling with Dogs

Tips for Traveling with Dogs

Now that warmer weather is here, you may be excited about traveling to see family and friends. If your dog will be traveling with you, there are some tips you will want to follow to help make the ride a smooth one. Traveling with your dog can be fun, but make it effortless when you give these tips a try.

Traveling with Dogs

1. Pack a bag!

Pack a bag for your dog’s belongings just as you would yourself. This can include medications, grooming items, toys, food, treats, and watering materials. Make a checklist prior to leaving so you don’t forget anything. Bringing your own food is important but not as important as bringing water from home. Water quality is not the same across the country and the extra bugs not filtered out or chemicals used to filter the water could potentially upset their stomach.

2. Create a cozy spot.

Take a pillow, some foam, or a big blanket for your dog to use as a bed. This will come in handy in the car and once you reach your destination. If you can bring your dog’s bed from home, even better! Wash it prior to leaving and just toss it in! Your dog will feel more secure and less out of sorts which will help everyone enjoy the scenery and the vacation that much more.

3. Take advantage of rest stops.

Many rest stops are now pet friendly and include walking trails and dog supplies. Stop at these rest stops so you can both stretch your legs, have a snack, and just take a break from the road. You will both feel better. If your dog doesn’t do well around a lot of other dogs stop near a motel they generally have some grass and as long as you clean up after your dog no one will say anything. It is generally quite during the day especially at those closest to the highway that get the bulk of their business from people stopping over just for the night.

4. Keep the car a cozy temp.

Crack the windows to keep some fresh air circulating in the car. Be sure you haven’t placed your dog close to a vent where he may become uncomfortable. Just like us, they don’t want to be too hot or too cold, so pay attention to the inside temps. In the summer the temperature changes when driving aren’t as drastic as they can be in the winter but pay attention. If you are cold your dog probably is too.

5. Don’t get distracted.

Should your dog get sick, or want to play, or need to eat, PULL OVER. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted by your pet and risk hurting yourself or others. The trip may take a little longer, but stop anytime your dog needs your attention. Not only will your dog be happier for the stops you make but you will feel more energized by getting out of the car and going for a quick walk to break up the driving time.

Tips for Traveling with Dogs

6. Going across state lines?

While there are no check points for regular vehicles when crossing state borders if something were to happen in another state it is always best to have a record of your pet being up to date on vaccinations. Also call ahead to make sure that the location you are traveling too is similar to the one you are from in terms of parasites. If not you will want to make sure your dog is protected before you leave so no extra critters make the journey back home with you.

What other tips do you have for people traveling with dogs?

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  1. Our number one rule – always wear your seat belt! We strap in whether we are going a mile or a thousand miles. Don’t let your dog roam freely about in the vehicle!
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  2. One main rule is that If your family likes to ride in the car with the windows down, be sure your pet is safely buckled in or rides in a crate.
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  3. What about going across country lines? 🙂
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  4. I just went on a long road trip with my pup and loved it. I think some of the rest stops we went to were more designed for the pets than the people! We stopped very frequently as it was fun just to explore the variety. I definitely think car safety is a huge tip as well- making sure your dog is safe (and you as the driver, of course).
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