Traveling with dogs for us pet parents can be a rather trying experience or it can be extremely fun. Dogs can of course get used to frequent and long travels. But when it’s their first trip, it can be a bit hard on both of you.
All it takes is a little preparation to make sure that travelling with dogs is as easy as is possible.
A dog that escapes and runs away is never an easy thing to deal with. The same is ten times worse if it happens in an unknown place. At least near home there is a chance your pooch will return. But at an unknown place, neither you nor your dog knows the area. So make sure that your dogs are wearing their tags and IDs with all your details. It’s not necessary that your dog will run away. But why take a chance.
Supplies for Travelling with Dogs
When you are travelling with dogs, especially on long trips, you cannot just up and leave. You need to prepare all the essentials for the trip.
Food, Water and Bowls: Pack up enough food to last the whole trip. Make sure it is the brand your dogs are used to. New food + motion sickness is not something you want to deal with. Also make sure there is water available, and of course bowls for it all.
Blankets: If it’s cold, make sure you have a blanket for your dog to curl up in. Also have their bedding with you, to make sure they are comfortable.
Washcloths: You will be taking breaks, and when you do, you wouldn’t want your dog to bring back muddy paws to the car. Keep washcloths ready for any quick wiping needs.
Dogs love sitting in cars with their heads outside the windows, ears flapping. But for longer trips, travelling with dogs without restraints is not a good idea. An unrestrained dog may get hurt in case of a sudden stop or an accident. They might even cause an accident. You could choose a crate, as long as your dog’s size supports the decision. The crate should be well ventilated, strong, and big enough for your dog to be comfortable, but not too big that your dog starts sliding around. Also, you should be able to fasten the crate as a crate on the loose could be much worse than a dog on the loose.
Other options, for bigger dogs, include harnesses that can be attached to seat belts and barriers.
Breaks when Travelling with Dogs
You might be well versed with constant travels, but remember that your dogs are not. Make sure that you take enough breaks. This will also help your dog get rid of any pent up energy.
Ask your Vet
If this is your dog’s first trip, it will be a good idea to talk to your vet. They will be able to suggest medication for sickness or anxiety. Even if you don’t need it, it’s good to be prepared.
With the right planning and equipment, you shouldn’t have to leave your best friend behind the next time you take a trip.