It is vacation time and the big question is whether your trip be will dog-friendly or not. We love to take Bentley and Pierre whenever it is possible and they enjoy going with us. There are a few things that we have learned about taking a road trip with dogs. I am going to share them with you today.
* Take your pup on several local trial runs. The time to find out if your dog is a good traveler is not during the second hour of a 10-hour trip. We drive the boys for a walk at the park or pet store so they know if they're getting in the car kennel that fun things are going to happen. Don’t let your dog’s only car experience be to the vet or groomers. They will associate the vehicle with stressful situations.
* Secure them in an approved dog restraint, kennel, or seat. There are many varieties to choose from online or at your local pet store. We chose a wire crate that has two doors and both boys can fit in it comfortably. It is important the dog can stand up, turn around and lie down. We had previously used a seat belt with Bentley but he fought it trying to sit up front with us. This is a perfect solution in our SUV.
* Bring their normal dog food. Traveling is not the time to switch dog foods. You could end up dealing with diarrhea or vomiting. Remember to bring plenty of water along with their bowls.
* Always pack a canine first aid kit. Don’t forget any medications that your dog needs. If you will be traveling when their heartworm preventative is due, bring it with you. I use Dr. Harvey's Power Pops to control upset tummies so a bag of those will be included.
* It is a good idea to pack a dry pet shampoo in case you need it. I always bring towels, wipes, and paper towels too. It’s a good idea to have a deodorizing pet spray to avoid the wet or dirty dog aroma.
* Don’t leave home without the paperwork. That includes their shot records, vet information, and any other important documents concerning your pet. You can also add this information in your smartphone for easy access.
* Make sure that your pet has a microchip and that you have updated the information. Many dogs are lost while traveling because they are in a strange location and they panic. Your chances of a happy reunion are much better if your dog has on a collar with ID tags and a microchip.
* Leashes and dog poop bags are a must when you travel. Always keep your dog on a leash when you get them out of the car for a bathroom break. Don’t forget to clean up after them and properly dispose of the waste bag.
* Book with a pet-friendly hotel and ask about any rules regarding your dog. Don’t leave your pet alone in the hotel room if you think they will bark. Their voices are not music to everyone’s ears.
* Check online for pet-friendly places in the area you are going. Many cities have awesome dog parks as well as dog-friendly restaurants. You want your best friend to have a great vacation too.
*Pack your patience and sense of humor. Traveling with your dogs can be a lot of fun. Always expect the unexpected. Stay calm and enjoy your trip.
Are you hitting the road with your dogs this summer? Let me know in the comments.
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