Traveling with your pooch can seem impossible, but if you do it right it’s a whole lot of fun. You may not think that your dog wants to be cooped up in a car all day long, but they’d rather be with you than anywhere else in the whole wide world.
You could drop them off in a park made of dog treats and tennis balls and fifteen minutes later they’d be yelping and barking just begging to get back with their owner. If you were in a cardboard box, your dog would want to sit on your lap. Dogs love their owners so much that taking them on a road trip with you can make your dog happy and make your trip more exciting.
But before you let your dog hop in the car and take off make sure you remember these great tips on how to comfortably take your dog on a road trip.
VISIT THE VET FIRST
You want to make sure that your dog is up-to-date on its vaccines and flea medication so you don’t have to worry about your woofer getting infected by rabies or fleas hopping around your car biting all your passengers. Dogs love adventure and when you’re on the road you may not be sure of what type of adventure your dog gets into. It’s best to be prepared for anything and the easiest way to do that is to make sure your dog is up to date on its medications.
MAKE THEM LOVE THE CAR
If you don’t drive your dog around in the car often then take some time to get it used to traveling in the car. Drive your pooch to the dog park or around the neighborhood. You don’t even have to drive, you can just play with them in your car without driving. Get them used to being in the car and having fun while inside of it. When you’re done in the car hook your pooch up with a treat and pretty soon it will love the car almost as much as it loves you.
KEEP THEM SAFE
Keep your pup safe by keeping it in the back seat of your car in a harness or a carrier of some kind. Keeping your pet safe means that you will be able to focus on the road without the risk of a giant dog hopping into your lap. Dogs hanging their heads out of a car window catching air in its mouth may look cute, but it’s just not worth the risk. Keeping your dog in a harness or carrier is the best way to travel with your dog.
CHIPS & TAGS
You are going to need to make sure that your chip is up to date as well as get some new tags with your name and number. You want to be prepared for the worst, in case the unthinkable happens and your beloved pup takes off. If you are staying at a friend or family member’s house then maybe think about putting their address on the tag as well for an added level of security.
Your pup will love spending some quality vacation time with you and it will sure make your road trip a memorable one.