Make this the best trip ever!
Dogs make great traveling companions. They love the wind in their faces, new smells to sniff and places to roam. Whether you choose a weekend getaway or a longer vacation across the country, below are a few trip tips to make the journey one that you both enjoy!
HAVE IDENTIFICATION – Make sure your furry buddy has a collar with up-to-date tags. But, to encertain your dog can be identified, even if his collar is lost, we recommend having your dog microchipped.
LEASH UP – Dogs love to wander and explore but new places can be dangerous for pets. Traffic, new people, and new terrain can pose hazards for your pup. Keep your dog leashed at all times so he can’t wander off or get hurt.
TAKE BREAKS – Just as you should stretch and take breaks, so does your pup. Walks and bathroom breaks are important to help keep your dog calm and comfortable.
DRIVE SAFE – Keep your pup in the back seat of your vehicle and safely buckled in. Bring along his favorite food, treats and plenty of water. An upset end up beinglly isn’t a fun way to spend a road trip. Pack a dog’s food in your bag and feed your travel buddy a great, on-the-go meal.
TRAVEL SMART – Don’t ever leave your pup in the car alone. Temperatures can reach life-threatening conditions at any time of the year. Be smart and plan ahead which means you never have to leave your pet alone.
PLAN AHEAD – Make sure to book pet-friendly accommodations for your trip. Not all hotels are pet friendly so be sure to check the hotel’s policy before you go.
KEEP CALM – Dogs can get over-anxious or excited when traveling. Consider a safety harness or perhaps a crate to keep your pup safe and calm while on the road. Medications are also available to help keep your dog relaxed while traveling.
EAT & DRINK – Don’t be tempted to treat your pup to restaurant food on the road. Just like children, dogs need to be kept safe on the road too. Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere and air bags could be deadly to a dog within the front seat. Talk to your vet and check out your local pet store to find the best safety restraints for the pup.
EASE MOTION SICKNESS – Some dogs can get motion sick while traveling. Consider feeding your dog a few hours before traveling and once you reach your destination. If you need to feed your pet on the road, give him plenty of time to eat and relax before you continue on. You can even speak to your vet about medications to help your dog with his symptoms.
HOME AWAY – Pack your pup’s favorite toys, blanket and bedding for the trip. These comforts of home can help your dog feel safe and entertained during long journeys.