Summer is coming to an end and soon we’ll be enjoying crisp, fall days. This might mean you’re planning a road trip and with cooler temperatures, your fur baby can safely and comfortably travel with you. It’ll be a fun experience for both of you, but it’ll require a bit of planning. Traveling with a pet can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a little nerve-wracking because as pet owners and lovers, we tend to worry a lot about our pets’ comfort and safety (and potty schedule!). We have some tips that will put your mind at ease as you venture into the great unknown with your trusty steed at your side!
Make sure your dog’s tags are up to date with the correct contact information
Of course, we don’t even want to think about what could happen if our furry friends ventured off, but in the event they do, you can take comfort in knowing any kind person that finds him or her will have the correct phone number in which to reach you.
Plan a pet-friendly route
Make sure you aren’t just going to be stuck on some freeway where you can’t get out and stretch. Choose the road less traveled so you have plenty of options for stopping. The peace and quiet would be good for you and your pet. You’ll probably find that there are some seriously cool stops along the way, hidden in some pretty awesome unlikely places.
Give your fur babes their own space in the car
Nobody likes feeling squished while on a trip and the same goes for your dog. Sure, you may think they can snooze comfortably on your lap, but for several hours? Much like us humans, they’ll want their own space and to find their own comfort. Make sure you can offer this to your pet before taking off to ensure they stay comfortable while you forge ahead.
Don’t forget the essentials
A traveling water bowl, extra water, food, medication, a pooper scooper, extra bags, treats, you know the drill. If it’s something you need daily at home, pack it up. And come on, a tiny little suitcase for your dog? It doesn’t get any cuter than that.
Use positive reinforcements
When your little man (or little lady!) does exactly what they’re told, reward them with a treat! Vacationing can be stressful and exciting for pets too, and just like humans, sometimes they forget how to act, so reward the behavior you want to continue seeing!
Before you leave for your trip, make sure to go on an extra-long walk with your dog. This way, your dog will not only be tired for the entirety of the car ride but should also be empty (you know what we mean!).
Find the local dog park
If your dog plays well with others, find the local dog park and go hang out there for a spell. This is a great way for your dog to run off some energy and make some new friends! If there is no dog park, a nice long walk in a new place will be just as fun!
Careful at those gas stations
It may be tempting to let your dog out at gas stations, but these are high-traffic areas and sometimes drivers aren’t the most observant pulling in and out, so be extra super careful if you opt to let your furry best friend out here.
Consider a crate for hotel stays
Crates that are spacious enough for your dog are a great way to help your fur baby feel a little more at ease while in a new place. Place a pillow or blanket from home or even a favorite toy in the crate with your dog. Just make sure to practice using a crate before your travels so your dog is used to it!
Take lots of breaks
If you plan on going on a vacation that is going to require you to follow a strict schedule, consider having family or friends watch your beloved doggo. Sometimes you just need to stretch (or rest!) those four legs and other times you just have gotta go (ya know?) So breaks are a must when traveling with our pets.