Just because you have a dog, it does not mean you have to stay home all the time. If you plan well and take a little care, it is easy and fun to travel with your dog.
Here are some tips to make the trip easier on both you and your pet;
- Get your dog used to travel in the car by taking him on short trips. Go to fun places like the dog park, the fast-food drive-through (where you can feed him bits of meat from your burger), or to visit friends. You get him to think that trips in the car are fun and that all car trips do not end up at the vet’s office.
- If your dog gets carsick, do not feed him the morning of the trip. Having your dog travel with an empty stomach will help to prevent any car sickness.
- Take plenty of water and a water dish along. You will have to give your dog water frequently when you stop for a rest. Since water in different places often smells or tastes differently, your dog may not want to drink it. Hence it will be easy for your dog to drink if it is from home.
- Be sure to pack your dog’s food, treats, favorite bed, toys, and leash.
- If your dog uses a crate, take that along when you travel. If you don’t have a large vehicle, you can buy boxes that fold up. When you get to your destination, you can put your dog in its crate while you go somewhere that you cannot take it along.
- How should your dog travel in the car? Some dogs like to sit or lay on the seat, so take a blanket to protect the upholstery. Other dogs may need to keep in a crate in the car. Be sure the box can’t slide around and scare the dog while you’re driving. You can also purchase dog seat belts to keep your dog safe while sitting in the car.
- While you travel, make a stop every few hours to walk your dog and give him some water. Some dogs are frightened by the noisy trucks driving by, so try to walk in a quiet area. Be a good citizen and bring plastic bags along to pick up the mess.
- If your dog is anxious about staying in a hotel or a strange house at your destination, he might not eat or drink. Thus, be sure that he drinks something at least to avoid dehydration. You can mix chicken broth or gravy into the dog’s water. That will usually get him to lap it right up. You can mix chicken broth or gravy into the food too.
The first trip will be the hardest because your dog will not realize that you are coming back. With the first trip behind you, if you have taken the time to make sure it is pleasant for your dog, future travels with your dog should be a breeze.