Taking your dog on a road trip with you can be a great bonding experience. The open road, wind in your hair, and freedom. Traveling with your dog is different than traveling alone or with other humans. There are certain things you will have to keep in mind and prepare for. We have a few simple tips to prepare for your epic road trip.
Visit the vet before you go. It is important to have your vet do a check-up and make sure that your dog is in good health and fit to travel. Make sure he or she has all her vaccinations completed.
Plan your route carefully. Your dog will get restless and will have to relieve himself every few hours. Plan your trip so that you stop in places where he or she can stretch their legs, get to know the new environment, and breathe some fresh air. Plan to stop every 2 or 3 hours.
Book accommodation where your dog is welcome. Plan your route, stops, and destinations according to where you will find pet-friendly accommodations. There are hotels and motels that welcome furry patrons as well as their humans.
Arrange for professional care if you are attending an event. If you are traveling to go to a wedding or a conference and will have to leave your dog for hours, arrange for alternative care. Find out where the best day care facilities are.
Pack a bag especially for your dog. You need to pack a bag for your dog much as you would for a child. The bag should include food, lots of water, bowls for both, toys, medications, protective clothing depending on the season, blankets, grooming tools if needed, treats, and poop bags. Familiar things will make the trip more comfortable.
You should feed your dog a few hours before you leave and also take him or her for a long walk beforehand. This will get rid of excess energy and make them calm and ready for the ride. Now you are ready to have a great road trip.