By Beatrice Genco

How to get you and your dog ready for a road trip

One of the most satisfying things you can do is travel with your canine buddy. Both you and your dog will benefit from visiting new places.  If you’re thinking about traveling with your dog, make sure you view this check list. 


Getting Ready for a Road Trip 

When it comes to traveling with your dog, there are a few things to keep in mind. 

Before you buckle up with your dog, have a look at the list below: 

  1. Is your pup healthy enough for the road? 


Before you hit the road, make sure your dog is in good health, especially if you're going on a long vacation. Travel can be difficult for a person's health, but it can also be unpleasant for a dog. 

Vaccinations must also be current, and proof of vaccination may be required. All of this information can be easily provided by your dog's veterinarian and you should keep a copy with you. 


      2. Protective gear 

On every road trip, there are several kinds of safety equipment that should be taken. To begin, your dog will need a crate or carrier to keep them safe in the car. 

A leash and harness should be brought along on any journey. 

Your information should be on the harness, so you can be notified if anything happens to your pup.

If you plan on exploring at night, we recommend using a light up collar. 

If you are going to go hiking, make sure you have a flea and tick collar, a tick check tool, and a brush. 

Make sure you keep a pet first-aid kit in the car just in case. 


     3. Car entertainment 

Always pack the essentials with you when traveling with your dog, such as food and water. Treats should, of course, be brought as well. While you are driving, a favorite toy can keep your four-legged pal entertained. It's critical that the toy be soft and large enough to avoid choking. A chew toy can help a lot, but be weary of choking hazards.


     4. If your dog isn’t great in the car 

If your dog doesn’t like being in the car, don't be concerned. Being in the car can be an unpleasant experience for your dog. Try training them how the car equals good things for them. Think about how you trained your pup to do tricks - liked behavior gets a reward. Knowing that they will get treats when they get into the car can help them cope with their stress. 

It's critical to build up their tolerance for long journeys in the weeks leading up to a big road trip. Before venturing too far from home, make sure you've done some practice runs.

It is also helpful to keep wee-wee pads, paper towels, and anti-bacterial wipes  on hand in case your pup has an accident in the car.

Let us know if these tips are helpful and send us photos of your next pup adventure.