Road Tripping With Dogs 101

May 20th, 2007 by Dan

Vacation time is upon us and there is no excuse to leave our four-legged friends at home! Road trips are a great way to bond with your pooch while getting away from home and routine. Here are some tips to make your auto adventures safe and comfortable for both of you:

*If you’re planning a long road trip with your pet this vacation season, start working up to it by taking him for shorter drives on a regular basis. Remember dogs love routine, so getting them used to the sounds and motions of the car is an important step in forming a new habit. This also will allow you to get a feel for your pooch’s predisposition to carsickness. Just like humans, some pups have sensitive stomachs when it comes to car rides! Avoid feeding large meals right before trips.

*While the excitement of the open road can get to anyone, we have to remember to keep our dogs safe! The back seat is the safest place for a dog to ride. You can secure her in a crate, with a seatbelt that is especially made for pets, or in a dog car seat. And, it’s much easier to drive without a lap companion.

*While many pups adore sticking their heads out the window to take in the full breeze effect, there is a risk of damage to their eyes. If you can’t deprive your pet of this, please invest in a pair of doggles!

*We all have to do our business during car trips, so make sure your pet has enough pit stops. Your pet should ALWAYS be wearing identification tags on his collar while you are traveling. Also be sure to have a hold on his leash before the door of the vehicle opens at any reststop as he may decide to make a dash out the door in this strange location.

*Carry water and a bowl from home with you and offer it at each stop. Even if she’s in an air conditioned car. Even if she’s not doing anything but sleeping on the backseat. Always have water.

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