Awesome Tips for Road Tripping With Your Pooch
Road trips are great and affordable vacations for families, but your kids aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the open road and fresh air. Sometimes, the best passenger and companion to have on the road with you is your dog. Your canine friend enjoys the feel of the wind in their face as you travel along for miles. Not to mention there’s no constant questioning about when you’ll arrive and no fighting with siblings in the back seat. Believe it or not, there’s a lot of fun to be had with your friendly pooch, but if you’re going to have an epic road trip, there are a few things you’ll want to handle first.
Visit the Vet
Before going on the trip schedule an appointment with your dog’s vet. You want to make sure they’re fit for travel. This may include getting vaccinations or medications for certain dog diseases, and overall physical to make sure they’re physical and emotionally capable of withstanding several hours in a car.
Plan a Pet-Friendly Route
Unless you want your dog getting antsy in your backseat or using the restroom in the car, you need to make sure that your route accommodates his or her needs. This means looking for major rest stops that allow dogs on the premises to stretch their legs, replenish, and explore. If you can’t find rest stops, at least look for destinations that have pet-friendly areas like parks. You should try to plan a stop at least once every 4 hours to be on the safe side.
Get Proper Seating
You may let your furry friend hang out the window while taking small trips in town, but when you’re on the road for hours it’s best they be secured. You don’t want them to get hurt in an accident or become the cause of your own accident. You can consider crating your dog, or invest in a dog seatbelt, car seat, or hammock so they don’t fall off the back seat. Practice securing your dog into the device ahead of time so they don’t slip out while you’re on the road.
Tire Them Out
If your dog is a ball of energy you want to calm them down before hitting the road to avoid distractions on the road. Prior to leaving go for a long walk or run with your dog or play a game of frisbee at a nearby dog park to get rid of some of that energy.
Pack Entertainment and Other Dog Essentials
Although not as bad as your children your dog has a short attention span and can become bored easily. To keep them from misbehaving it’s a good idea to have some entertainment in your car for the dog. This can include toys, stuffed animals, or their favorite thing to chew on. There are a few other things you should pack for your dog as well. Don’t leave home without their food, food bowl, water and water bowl, leash, chew toy, medications, brush, poop bags, and blanket.
Update the Doggy ID
You would hope that your furry friend doesn’t go scurrying off and get lost but you can’t control what happens. So, make sure that you have your dog’s ID up to date. This way, if they get lost and later found by someone while you’re out of town, they can contact you and bring your dog back safely.
Now that you’ve got the basic survival tips you’re ready to choose a destination, book the best hotel, and hit the road with your favorite canine friend. You’ll be amazed at how much fun the two of you have, so much so that they may be the only road trip companion you ever invite again.