The holiday season is around the bend, which means that many people will be taking trips to see their family. If your family has a trip coming up and you are planning to drive to your destination, you may want to bring your furry friend along. Going on a road trip with a dog can not only be convenient — it can also be tons of fun, too. Here are some tips for taking a road trip with your dog, so that the voyage is one loved by both your family and your pup.
Just like your kids should buckle their seatbelts when they get in the car, you should also prioritize your dog’s safety for road travel. If your pet is traveling in a crate, make sure the create is big enough for the dog to move around or lay comfortably in. If he won’t be in a crate, get a harness to attach him to a seatbelt. That way, he won’t be in danger in the case of sudden stops, swerves or accidents. Make sure you don’t let your dog put his head out of the window when you’re driving — but let him get plenty of fresh air each time you stop!
Get Your Dog Used to the Car
If your dog isn’t used to car rides, practice with him. Start him off with short rides, then slowly increase the duration of the rides so he gets used to being in the car. Make sure to put him in the car the same way you will during the road trip — either in a crate or in a harness attached to a seatbelt.
Go Light on the Food and Water Right Before the Drive
You don’t want your pet to be TOO hungry or thirsty, but try to avoid feeding him a big bowl or a big bowl of water right before you drive. That way, he won’t have to go to the bathroom too quickly into the drive. When you stop the car, you can give him a chance to go to the bathroom — and give him a little snack or a little more water.
Make Sure You Bring All the Essentials
When you take a road trip with your dog, make sure you take all of the essentials that you need — both for the car and for the destination once the ride is over. Don’t forget: dog bowls, dog beds, favorite blankets and toys, food, medication, treats, vet information, leashes, collars and more.