Taking a road trip is a great way to holiday and spend quality time with the family. So why leave your dog behind when you take that next trip away? Having a dog friendly travel shouldn’t have to be a hustle for anyone. Here is a list of tips and tricks to make roadtripping with your dog more enjoyable for everyone.
Great Advice For a Great Dog Friendly Road Trip
Whether you are looking for cabins or campgrounds, using websites like Tripadvisor, PetFriendly Travel, and Hyatt hotels can help you find suitable places to visit. Look for the location of dog-friendly beaches and forests and access to national Parks and recreation areas.
Before you take off, check your dog’s tolerance to car travel. Some dogs adapt well and after the initial excitement, often fall asleep. Unfortunately, dog’s can get motion sickness . If your dog suffers with car sickness, start with short trips to build up your dog’s tolerance. You could also speak to your veterinarian for advice on antinausea medication
Safety is the most important thing to consider for your dog. The safest place for your dog to travel is in the back seat, with a harness restraint and clipped into the seat belt. A harness rather than a collar will prevent serious neck injuries if you have a car accident. Some people prefer to use a crate but ensure this is secured to prevent it tipping over.
Put together a travel bag for your dog. A small travel bag , preferably with a velcro seal or zip to prevent everything from falling out or to prevent your dog getting in. Here is a list of some essential items to pack:
● Food and Water containers I use lightweight clip sealed plastic containers. Very quick and easy to put out during rest stops and being resealable, saves wasting precious water. I put the lid on the food bowl at night to keep little critters out. Collapsible bowls are also great and better for space saving.
● Snap lock bags The world’s best invention. If we are going away for short trips, I pre measure the food into single day portions. This will save space and eliminate the need for measure cups or big bulky bags of food.
● Water You can never have too much. Refill old juice bottles or water cans to keep you and your dog hydrated.
● Doggy poo bags Essential to pick up after your dog along the way. Most parking areas have bins to throw these away but if not, take some extra thick plastic bags. Dog Poo STINKS!
● Toys Who doesn’t need their favorite toy on a long road trip. If your dog gets irritable or bored in the car, take a toy with that will keep him occupied.
● Dog bed Place the dog bed on the back set to make a safe and comfortable place for your dog to settle. May encourage him to have a nap on the way too.
● Towels Road trips are fun and if you come across a nice place, let your dog out for a play. You will appreciate the towels to dry off before getting back in the car.
● Treats Reward your dog for being a great travelling companion or use the treats to reassure your dog in any unfamiliar areas.
● Something to keep your dog relaxed – How about going all out for your furry friend and buying them a private label dog treat for example? If your dog tends to feel anxious or stressed, a CBD treat could help to keep them calm throughout your trip.
I highly recommend microchipping your dog as it is a permanent Identification. Have an extra dog ID tag with an alternate phone number in case your dog gets lost and you are out of phone range. A photo of your dog will help a search party.
6. Vet records
Take a copy of your vaccinations. If you decide to use a doggy daycare or pet minding service, they may ask for vaccination records. Take along your dog’s medications as you may not be able to get them on the road.
7. On the road
Once you are on the road, plan to stop every 2 3 hours. Give your dog a chance to stretch his legs, have a toilet break, a treat and a drink of water. Before getting your dog out of the car, have the leash attached as dogs can bolt and may run in front of traffic.
Be mindful of the outside temperature. Dog are very sensitive to hot temperature. Travel with the air conditioner on, put the windows down to let the breeze in and park in the shade when you stop. Don’t leave you dog in the car! This is very dangerous and your dog can die from heat stroke very quickly. Consider a sunshade on the back window if you travel on hot days. If you are going to the snow, consider a warm jacket and even some doggy boots.
No need to leave your dog home when you go on your next holiday. A little planning and preparing will ensure that the whole family has a safe and enjoyable holiday.