SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 | UPDATED BY MOLLY
Flying is nice, but nothing beats the freedom and adventure of hitting the open road.
If you are like us, you love taking long road trips and traveling with your dogs.
We take them with us whenever possible, so it's fortunate our boys love going for rides and exploring new areas right along with us.
If you have never traveled with a dog before, then the idea may sound stressful. But, we’re here to put your anxiety to rest with some tips on how to go traveling with dogs on the road.
Before putting together a travel plan, consider each dog’s personality.
My boys are pretty easy going, give them lap or a car seat, an open window, and they are good to go.
However, their friends Shivers, Leicester and Bobo each have unique personalities!
All three of them are initially excited about getting in the car, but their separate personalities start to come out after a few minutes on the road.
Shivers, remains excited and restless. She is most happy if she has room to bounce around the car from window to window.
At home, Shivers is the one who sees every squirrel with a target on their backs.
Her brother, Leicester, is content if the window is cracked enough for him to explore the world with his nose.
Leicester is the adventurer. He’s a tiny Jack Russell who isn’t afraid of the vacuum cleaner but thinks he must defeat it in battle.
The young brother, Bobo… well, Bobo just wants to sit. This Australian Shepherd and Corgi mix is the most relaxed of the three at home and this remains true in the car.
Knowing each dog’s personality is crucial for travel. For longer trips, Shivers parents have to consider medicating her to help her cope with her unstoppable anxiety and excitement.
Note: If your dog is excitable, do not prescribe your own medicine!
Visit your dog’s veterinarian for medication suggestions. Your vet can determine a safe recommendation for medication based on the size and weight of your dog.
Now that you’ve thought about how your dog will handle the trip, you should consider the following tips.
If your trip is going to take a couple of days, then you will need to pull over eventually to sleep. Unless you are driving an RV, you probably can’t sleep in your car with your dog and/or family.
One option to consider is tent camping. If the weather is nice and you’re physically able to enjoy sleeping outdoors, you might want to stop at a campsite.
Campsites are typically pet-friendly, and your dog will love the outdoors!
However, if camping is not an option then you need to map out pet-friendly hotels on your route. Different websites exist that can help you find hotels along your route where your furry friends are welcome.
When we travelled across the country a couple years ago, BringFido.com was very helpful in finding hotels that allowed pets.
You know how stiff your joints and muscles can get after sitting in a car for a long time. The same is true for your pet. As part of traveling with your dog, you should schedule routine stops so he or she can stretch, get a drink, and go potty.
Your dog will feel better and be grateful to you for keeping their well-being in mind. They will behave better and make your life easier if you give them enough time to do their business before getting back in the car.
For your own peace of mind and for the comfort of your dog, you should consider using some of the following pet car travel products during your road trip:
With products like these, you should now be able to drive with more ease knowing that your dog is safe and you won’t be distracted!
Before you hit the road, keep these final tips about traveling with your dog in mind.
There you have it, folks! Now, you should be ready to hit the road with your best friend. Taking care of them by following all of this advice can make your trip a rewarding experience for you and your dog!