- Always pack a bag of your dog’s essentials.
- Don’t forget extra plastic bags, paper towels, and Nature’s Miracle in case s/he gets motion sick.
- While traveling, serve from the same water source as home or bottled water. I like to pack a few gallons (amount obviously depends on length of trip). Water treatments vary from state to state or even regions within a state. Stick to the water your dog is use to in order to prevent sickness.
- Make sure he’s safely secured in the vehicle. If you were in an accident or suddenly stopped your dog could get injured. Also if he is loose in the car s/he can become a flying object and injure others. Use a rear window bar, a kennel, or a safety harness. Be sure to introduce anything new to your dog before your trip.
- Keep him/her comfortable. Your dog will be doing a lot of jumping in and out of the vehicle. You may want to consider a car ramp. Practice using the ramp before your trip.
- Take plenty of potty and stretch breaks while traveling. I like to map out rest stops because they have grassy areas. Many rest stops now have a specific area for pets.
- Plan ahead. As you plan your trip look for hotels that are pet friendly. Ask questions to include pet fees and policies (like weight limit). Sometimes I stay at a KOA campground because they are pet friendly.
- Take a pop-up kennel. I love mine and use it a lot when Boy and I are doing events. The pop-up kennel is light, easy to carry, inexpensive and doesn’t take up much room when stored.
- Pack enough food for the trip. A trip is not the time to try out a new diet. (Click here for tips on traveling with raw food)
- Don’t forget canned pumpkin. Dogs, like humans, can have the extremes happen with their digestive system when traveling. Giving him/her a little bit of pumpkin can help with either case.
Stay safe and happy traveling!
Blog written by Michelle Huntting