Taking your fur-lover for road trips is going to increase the fun of road tripping, especially if you know that your dog is going to enjoy the trip. As much as it is going to add to the fun, it is also going to require you to do some extra planning for having a smooth trip. Give yourself plenty of time to think and pack the necessary stuff accordingly.
- MAKE YOUR DOG COMFORTABLE WITH CAR RIDES
Just like everything associated with a dog, their ability to ride calmly will be more if you train them sooner in their lives. Puppies go through a crucial socialization period from four to twelve weeks. They learn to soak up new experiences, adapt to different environments during that time. Hence, it is the best time in making them familiar with car rides. To begin with, ask a friend or your spouse to drive around the block while you cradle your puppy in your arms. This will help them in getting adjusted to loud sounds, being cool with children. Begin with a five-minute ride, then make it ten once the former becomes comfortable. Gradually take them for long drives, to make them comfortable in the car for long hours.
- GIVE YOUR TAIL-WAGGER A SPACE OF ITS OWN
To keep your dog calm, give it a regular place in your car, such that it identifies as its own space. It will prevent the dog from hopping around the car or bothering the passengers during the long ride. You can make their particular place comfortable by putting on a bed and a soft toy. If you have a small puppy it is only going to take a portion of the back seat, else you can just figure out the space required by your dog while making them habituated with the car.
- CARRY A PET SEAT BELT ALWAYS
Keeping the dog restrained with a pet seat belt or a kennel is not only essential for the dog’s safety but everyone else. A 6 lb dog traveling at 35 mph can turn into a 2700 lb projectile during an accident, as stated in the consumer reports.
- USE POSITIVE REINFORCEMENTS WITH THE DOG
A positive reinforcement technique is the better way to make your dog well behaved. What does positive reinforcement mean? Suppose your dog does something it is told to, you reward him with a toy or a dog treat. It works better than scolding him for something he didn’t do. For example, if it gets up in the car and sits at its designated place without being coerced, you treat him. Then if it goes to the bathroom, when you stop at the gas station, he gets another. Now you get the idea.
- PACK THE ESSENTIALS
- Water Bowl
- Their Regular Food
- Dog beds and blankets
- Favorite toys
- Updated collars, tags, and a leash
- Favorite toys
- Poop Bags
- Medical records
- Vaccination Certificates
- GIVE THEM FOOD AND WATER ACCORDING TO THEIR REGULAR SCHEDULE
Try to maintain their diet schedule, similar to what they get at home. While packing for the trip you might forget to buy some of the necessary items, it’s always better to order your pet supplies online as you get a wider choice. Do not make them wait for you to reach the gas station for drinking water. Keep a small and stable water bowl at the back of your car, or near its seat for them to drink at their leisure. Keeping the routine same during the road trip will let you predict their timing of energy spike, or poops and complaints.
- KEEP A DOGGIE CAR ORGANIZER
Make a toiletry bag into a car organizer and keep all the stuff your dog requires in one place. It will make things easier for you.
- CARRY A RECENT PHOTO OF YOUR DOG FOR HELP IN CASE IT GETS LOST
- DON’T FEED YOUR DOG JUST BEFORE THE LONG DRIVE
If your dog’s mealtime falls during the journey, feed it something light.
- 10.KEEP THE HANDS AND PAWS IN THE VEHICLE
If you are letting your dog stick its head outside the window, you are also increasing the risk of your dog jumping out of the vehicle. In addition to that high speed, winds can harm the ears and the eyes of the dog. So it’s always better to have the windows of your car rolled up if you are travelling with your dog. Have your windows rolled down only if the dog is restrained with a pet-seat belt or is in a kennel.
- 11.CHECK IF THERE ARE NEARBY PET CLINICS OR DOG PARKS
Save the contact information of nearby vet clinics for any hour emergency and also of the dog park for some wholesome dog entertainment