Nothing is as much fun as packing up and leaving town for a weekend or a longer trip. Changing the landscape from time to time is important for recharging the battery. This also applies to your dog. Most dogs love to travel and be exposed to new places like you. But there are a few things you need to do to make the trip a positive experience for everyone.
Be sure to bring things that your dog is happy about on the trip. Being ripped from your routine and environment can be traumatic for your dog. If your pet has a favorite toy or blanket, be sure to take it in the car. For more home comforts, you can also bring your food and water dishes home for use when you arrive at your destination. Also pack a good supply of paper towels and blankets to clean the dog’s hair, dirty legs and the like.
Keep small plastic bags of food and treats with you while traveling with your dog buy Car dog seat covers. The main supply of your holiday meal can be stored in the main baggage. Even if you don’t think your dog will have to eat while traveling because it will be a short period of time before you get to your destination, you still need to have some food on hand if something happens and yours is stopped further along the way then planned. Store these bags of food in a few different bags carried on the trip. This will help you not to lose dog food when you really need it.
If your dog does not currently travel often, remember that it can be a traumatic experience to travel with you. To lessen this possibility, take some time long before your trip to take your dog in the car for short trips to acclimatize him to the experience. My poodle Buffy, who wasn’t used to riding in the car except the vet, would without fail vomit as soon as she rode in the car. That was until I started taking her to the park when I was walking. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Buffy’s nausea while traveling in the car was soon replaced by emotion.
Keep a clean water supply with you while traveling with your pet. You can get a few bottles of water just for this. There are pop-up bowls that you can use as a beverage container for your pet when you are on the road.
Make frequent stops during the journey, at least once an hour and an hour and a half. Dogs can make the car sick just human, and if your dog gets nervous outside of their routine, they may need more bathroom break than usual. From my experience, my dogs have been so happy to travel, they wanted to get out of the car and explore often.
One of the most important things to do when travelling with a dog is to make sure they have identification on them. This will be a lifesaver if you need to get rid of your pet. This happened to a friend of mine traveling from Florida to Texas in a convertible with a friend and his Golden Retriever, Goldie. At one point while driving on the Goldie Highway he fell off the convertible on the road. It was a miracle he met Goldie about five hours later when he received a call on his cellphone from the person who found Goldie limping along the road. If my friend hadn’t had a current ID tag on Goldie, she would have lost her best friend forever.
Traveling with your dog can be a fun experience for both of you. Once you’ve taken a walk with your dog, hopefully you’ll want to take him at every turn. Your dog will love exploring new places and spending time with you. By following the tips above, you can make sure that your journey with your dog is fun and free for both.