Taking your dog along can make the family vacation more fun for everyone, if you plan carefully. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), here are some trip tips to make traveling by car with your dog enjoyable:
Traveling by Car
•Get your dog used to the car by letting him sit in it with you without leaving the driveway, and then going for short rides.
•Avoid car sickness by letting your dog travel on an empty stomach. However, make sure he has plenty of water at all times.
•Keep the car well-ventilated. If the dog is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
•Do not let your dog ride with his head sticking out of an open window. This can lead to eye injuries.
•Never let your dog ride in the back of an open truck. This is extremely dangerous and can lead to severe injuries or death.
•Stop frequently for exercise and potty breaks. Be sure to clean up after your dog.
•Car rides are boring for everyone, so instruct your children not to tease or annoy the dog in the car.
•Never, ever leave your dog unattended in a closed vehicle, particularly in the summer.
Make a comfortable travel nest for your dog in an approved car carrier that is seat belted in. That way he is safe, you are not distracted and you can enjoy the open road, adds Dogster.com.
Health and Safety
•Health Checks. Bring your dog to the vet’s for a check up before going on an extended trip. Make sure all his vaccinations are up to date; shot records with you.
•To keep your dog healthy as you travel, bring along a supply of his regular food and some local, or bottled, water. Be sure to bring any medications he needs.
In the event that your dog gets away from you on your trip, you can increase the chances of recovery by making sure he can be properly identified:
•Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar should have identification tags with the dog’s name, your name, and your home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots.
•Consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip (see CAR).
•Bring a recent picture of your dog along with you.
•Find out in advance which hotels or motels at your destination or on your route allow dogs. Many do not, or have size or breed restrictions.
•If your dog is allowed to stay at a hotel, respect other guests, staff and the property.
•Keep your dog as quiet as possible.
•Do not leave the dog unattended. Many dogs will bark or destroy property if left alone in a strange place.
•Ask the management where you should walk your dog, and pick up after him. Do not leave any mess behind.
•Remember that one bad experience with a dog guest may prompt the hotel management to refuse to allow any dogs. Be considerate of others and leave your room and the grounds in good condition.
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