Guest Post: "How to Prepare Your Dog for a Long Road Trip" by Sarah Jones

Guest Post: "How to Prepare Your Dog for a Long Road Trip" by Sarah Jones

How to Prepare Your Dog for a Long Road Trip

by Sarah Jones

 

You get to go on a trip! What’s even better, is that your furry friend gets to come along. If your dog has never been in a vehicle, this could be a traumatic experience. Even if they have, spending hours in a car can take its toll. There are a few things you can do in preparation for your trip that will make it go smoother and keep both two-legged and four-legged travelers happy.

Take Small Trips First

One of the best things you can do is to take your dog on some smaller trips first. This could be driving around for 15 minutes, or a weekend getaway somewhere closer. Take a trip to a dog park so your pet can get somewhat acclimated to the vehicle. This also helps because they then associate the car ride with something fun. Some dogs do get car sick. If your pet has never been in a car, this is a good time to see if they get carsick. Your vet can recommend some things to help remedy this if they do.

Crate or Not to Crate

When traveling, decide if your pet will ride in a crate or not. This may be safer for some dogs who are restless and may want to jump around the car. Think safety first, for both you and your pet. There are dog beds that have an opening for the seatbelt to wind through for smaller dogs. Don’t plan on leaving your dog in the car alone or its crate. Decide which would be best for your dog and drive careful. Also, extreme temperatures can quickly make a dog sick or uncomfortable even if left for only a few minutes.

Pack Accordingly

For a longer trip, your dog will need its own things. Food, water, water bowls, dog-poop bags, collar and leash, proof of rabies vaccinations, toys and a bed are some of the main things your dog will need while away from home. Chew toys are an excellent travel idea. They can keep your pet happy and occupied to pass some long hours in the car. They can also bring a sense of comfort both in the vehicle and at your destination.

Stick to the Schedule

It is important to stick to your pet’s feeding schedule. Major changes can cause a dog not to eat to eat too fast. This can cause upset stomachs, vomiting, and discomfort both dog and owner. If your pet normally eats at 7 am, then you should plan to feed it each morning at the same time while on your trip. Keep some bottled water available and a water dish while you travel to keep your pet hydrated.

Plan Plan Plan

Planning ahead can save you a lot of trouble. There are many pet-friendly areas as well as hotels that you can use along the way if need be. Just know that whenever your pet leaves the vehicle, it will have to be on a leash. This is the law in most states, and it will also keep them from running off and keep them safe. You can even plan how many hours you will drive each

day or where exactly you will stop along the route. Dogs need restroom breaks just as often as people sometimes do, so it is an excellent idea to have your trip itinerary planned.

Books to Help You

Traveling with your dog doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be fun and exciting! Exploring new areas can be fun for your pet, especially if they are happy and comfortable. There are many books and eBooks available to help you with traveling with a pet. Try reading “Traveling with Your Pet:The AAA Petbook.

This is available on Amazon. This book provides updates on places to stay across Canada and the United States that are pet-friendly. These include hotels, parks, attractions, and restaurants so your dog can accompany you. This can be an important read to help plan out your trip and take your dog some exciting and new places that they can accompany you to or in. The book has over 15,000 pet-friendly suggestions to choose from for one amazing trip. 

 

*This post was contributed by Sarah Jones

Sarah enjoys learning and writing about pets. Being a pet lover herself, she started Crazy Pet Guy in the hopes of reaching people who want to learn more about owning and taking care of their own pets.

Rate this blog entry:
What's Hot in KU
Author Chat with K.M. Walton, David Arnold, & Jame...

Related Posts

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Brightly Burning
Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
All's Faire in Middle School
Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
No Sad Songs
Following a family tragedy, 18-year-old Gabe LoScuda suddenly finds...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Blood Magic (Abnormals Underground #1)
Turned into a vampire at the age of two,...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
The 11:11 Wish
Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Dragonkyn
Marc used to think he was pretty ordinary, but...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fragile Facade (Blind Barriers Trilogy #1)
The Brightest Smiles Hide the Darkest Secrets.... When Raven...
 
4.5
 
0.0 (0)
This Tiny Perfect World
The big-hearted story of a small-town girl who discovers...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Silver Mask
A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Tombs
New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Children of Exile
Rosi must decide what she’s willing to risk to save...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Teeth of the Gods
Chained to an enemy general. Determined to be free....
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
The Vampire Trick (Dark World: The Vampire Wish 3)
In a kingdom full of secrets, no one can...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
I Am Alfonso Jones
Alfonso Jones can't wait to play the role of...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Unearthed
From the New York Times best-selling author duo Amie...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
The Boyfriend Agreement
Fake boyfriends are hard work. When 16-year-old Bella’s dream...
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Brightly Burning
 
4.0
"Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants to leave the poverty of her spaceship behind. So she applies for a governess job on..."
No Sad Songs
 
4.0
"The first thing that popped into my mind when I read No Sad Song's synopsis was: this sounds familiar. It's..."
The 11:11 Wish
 
4.0
"'The 11:11 Wish' by Kim Tomsic basks in the power of the unthinkable, yet totally imaginable. Every young person (and..."
Without You
 
3.3
"'Without You' by Yesenia Vargas had many sweet moments. It told of a relationship between Ariana and Lucas, as well..."
The Silver Mask
 
5.0
"With Aaron gone, Call has trouble getting his feet back on the ground. He's torn up because he feels responsible..."
Dragonkyn
 
4.0
"When Marc hits puberty, something inside of him starts to change. The first thing he notices is that heat doesn't..."
Children of Exile
 
3.7
"Rosi is twelve-years-old and she and the other children of Fredtown were taken from an unsafe situation with their birth..."
I Am Alfonso Jones
 
5.0
"Alfonso Jones is a bright teen who is excited to try out for Hamlet at his school. When he and..."
Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains
 
5.0
AmyAmy
"We read this book as a family and had a hard time putting it down. We looked forward to..."
Believarexic
 
3.3
"BELIEVAREXIC is the fictionalized memoir of author JJ Johnson's stay in an eating disorder unit (EDU) in the 80s. The..."
Graveyard Shakes
 
4.0
"All Victoria wants to do is fit in, but instead, her and her sister Katia are always being teased. It..."
The Vampire Fate (Dark World: The Vampire Wish 4)
 
5.0
"The plot twist at the end of the third book was epic and I was so excited to start this..."
Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13
 
4.5
"'Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13' by Barbara Roman, illustrated by Vladimir Cebu, is a sweet..."
This Tiny Perfect World
 
3.0
"Things that worked: The small town setting. Although it felt restrictive to the main character, a small town story often..."
The Boyfriend Agreement
 
4.8
"'The Boyfriend Agreement' by Seven Steps is definitely a hard one to put down! With a mix of romance, intrigue,..."
The Vampire Trick (Dark World: The Vampire Wish 3)
 
5.0
"I don't even know where to begin. This series is just so good and each book builds you up for..."
InterWorld (InterWorld #1)
 
3.5
"A solid sci-fi/urban fantasy adventure premise, ideally targeting the mid-to-upper Middle Grade demographic. It’s a quick read—overall fun and fast-paced...."
The Traitor Prince
 
4.3
"An adventurous, accessible YA fantasy—with likely appeal for fans of An Ember In The Ashes. Based loosely on an..."
You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
 
5.0
"You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone was one of the last books I read in 2017 and I couldn't have..."
The Vampire Prince (Dark World: The Vampire Wish 2)
 
5.0
"When Annika discovers Geneva, she realizes that she's the only one who can help her take down the Vale. With..."