Going on a Road Trip with your Dog

Planning a road trip with your dog? If not, you should! Road trips offer all kinds of opportunities to have fun with your best friend; you just have to plan accordingly!

There are three things dogs adore: Spending time with you, riding on a car and go-ing for a walk.

Can you think of a better way to mix all three activities than a road trip? Yeah, we can’t either.

Going on a road trip with your dog can the adventure of a lifetime and a guaranteedgreat time for everyone involved. After all, who doesn’t love exploring the country inthe company of their best friend?

Since we know just how fun it can be to take a road trip with your dog, we’ve com-piled a list of tips to get you two ready for adventure; Let’s get started!Give Your Dog Their Own SeatYour dog might be fantastic at riding the car for short distances, but a long road trip can test the patience of even the most polite dog out there.

Make sure your dog has a comfortable spot for themselves (preferably their bed or some blankets) and restrain them with a doggy seatbelt; They might not appreciate it at first, but it’ll come in handy for both of you.

Give Your Dog Their Own Seat
Your dog might be fantastic at riding the car for short distances, but a long road trip can test the patience of even the most polite dog out there.

Make sure your dog has a comfortable spot for themselves (preferably their bed or some blankets) and restrain them with a doggy seatbelt; They might not appreciate it at first, but it’ll come in handy for both of you.

Organize Your Vehicle
We’ve previously talked about the importance of keeping your car organized during a long road trip, and that goes double when you’re traveling with a dog.

Make sure their leash, water bowl, food and prizes are easily accessible to you, and if you’re planning on giving your dog a chew toy or their ball, you really want to make sure it can’t go under your seat.

Plan For A Lot Of Stops
You might be able to ride in a car for ten hours or more, but your dog isn’t, at least not without having a bad time.

Take a break every couple of hours to let your dog relieve themselves, stretch their legs and even play around for a while; This might add a couple of hours to your totaltime, but your dog will really appreciate it and, who knows? Maybe you’ll even dis-cover an attraction you would’ve blown past otherwise.

Rehearse!

It might seem a little silly, but you want to take a few trial rides before going on a long road trip so that your dog knows what to expect.

Increase the duration each time and watch how your dog reacts. This will give you an idea of how many stops you’ll need to take, how they respond to long rides, etc.

Prepare Accordingly

To make sure both you and your four-legged friend have the time of your lives, you want to prepare accordingly, and that includes making a list of pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and roadside attractions that you both can enjoy.

You’ll also want to have the number and address of local vets at hand just in case you ever need their help.

Luckily, sites like Bring Fido and Dog-Friendly have already done most of the job for you, but even with those, you want to do a little side research on your own; After all,no one knows your dog as well as you.

2019-07-25T19:55:04+00:00