No matter how exciting traveling with a dog may be, the excitement will come to an end if your pup is uncomfortable and the journey is long. To give your dog comfort during a long trip, I’ll discuss some important preparations you should consider before you leave your home.
A Visit to the Veterinary Clinic
Your veterinarian is in the best position to decide if your dog can travel. If she gives you the green light, ask her if she can make the trip less stressful for your dog. The vet will know best how to address common problems with your particular breed of dog.
1. Book a Friendly Room
Before you travel, make sure the hotel at which you’re booking is pet-friendly. There are hotels that don’t allow pets and it’s hard to know which ones they are. Plan ahead and do your due diligence.
2. Split Your Trip into Manageable Segments
If you think your pet is going to be affected by a long-distance trip, split the trip into smaller parts. There are some dog breeds that aren’t allowed in some hotels. Don’t just check if the hotel accommodates dogs, make sure your breed is on the preferred list.
3. Travel with Meals and Snacks
Bring lots of snacks for your pets. I recommend a braided chew-friendly dog bone that’ll keep doggie preoccupied.
- Combination Of Real Chicken Wrapped With Premium Rawhide
- Packed With Protein
- Promotes Clean Teeth From The Natural Action Of Chewing
- Classic Bone Shaped Chew, Packed With Flavor
- No Fillers Or Artificial Binders
4. Teach Your Dog to Stay Calm in the Car
Before your long-distance trip, go on short ones with your dog. Acclimation is important, especially if Rover hasn’t traveled before.
But more importantly, you could reward your dog with treats so he’ll be conditioned to stay calm in the car.
And besides, if he’s anything like me, your dog will soon fall asleep from the hypnotic highway vibrations.
5. Eating: When to Feed
Unfortunately, some dogs just don’t do well on car trips. If you haven’t traveled with your pup, you won’t know how he’ll respond to a long drive until you do. In this case, I’d suggest bringing plastic wraps in the event your dog has to vomit. Wrap the area where your dog will be to protect the interior of the car. I’d also suggest you not feed your dog a full meal at least 8 hours before the trip; consider smaller bites more frequently to monitor his health. Do not forget about water for your puppy, especially in the summer hot day.
6. Secure Your Pet’s Crate
If you intend to use a crate to transport your dog, ensure it’s well-secured. The last thing you want is for it to become unfastened and compromise the safety of your pet. Use the seatbelt around the crate if it’ll reach, or consider purchasing a seat-belt extender to do the job.
7. There Should Be Rest Stops
You should remember to stop in intervals of between two and three hours. This would strengthen your pet and give him the energy he needs to move around when he arrives at your destination.
8. Bring Interactive Dog Toys
Have you considered interactive favorite toys to keep your dog preoccupied? This is one of the best ways to keep him relaxed and mentally stimulated.
- FUN FOR ALL BIG OR SMALL Wobble Wag Giggle Ball is great for dogs of all ages and sizes! The 4 clutch pockets on the toy make it easy for your dog to pick up during playtime!
- WOBBLE WAG GIGGLE Ball With just the nudge of a nose, off the ball goes! Wobble Wag Giggle does not require batteries - the secret is the internal tube noisemaker inside of the ball, the enticing “play-with-me” giggle sounds are sure to engage your...
- HAPPY, HEALTHY & FIT! By engaging our dog’s natural curiosity and instinct to play with giggling sounds when rolled or shaken, this toy keeps your pup active and entertained throughout the day providing great exercise for your best friend! Wobble Wag...
- PETS KNOW BEST in choosing their toys. Wobble Wag Giggle is sure to catch your dog’s attention with the fun sounds and become their favorite toy in no time! They will love fetching, rolling, and shaking this ball.
9. Bring Washable Dog Beds
A dog bed should be washable because we know how dirty and smelly dogs are. By laying out a bed, you’ll keep your vehicle clean. You’ll also be providing a familiar environment for your dog.
This is especially important if you’re traveling far from home, camping in the woods, or even RVing with your dog at a campground. Having a familiar place will lower your dog’s stress during the trip.
- Plush, ultra-soft pet bed provides a comfortable resting spot for a dog or cat
- Includes an X-Small pet bed with a gray-swirl textured exterior and stitched tufting
- Polyester fill offers cushioned support and holds its shape over time
- Machine washable and dryable; do not machine wash if damaged or torn (bed won't hold up to dog biting or grabbing)
- Note: this pet bed comes in a compressed vacuum package; please pat and shake the bed after opening the vacuum packaging and wait for 1 day to allow it to return to full fluffy status before using
- Product dimensions: 23 x 18 x 2.5 inches (LxWxH)
I hope you enjoyed these tips. Remember, your dog shouldn’t be an afterthought. If the above suggestions aren’t to your liking, consider listening to slow music during your trip to reduce stress — for you and your best friend.