Taking a trip with your puppy is one of the best things you can do together. But it obviously depends on how well prepared you are for a road trip with your dog…
One has to think and plan carefully, whether it’s the amount of food to carry, grooming and cleaning supplies, or stay arrangements.
There’s a whole bunch of things you should ideally do while planning. But here we’ll only talk about some extra tips to make your road trip an even better experience…
4 Great Tips For A Road Trip With Your Dog
Like we said earlier, there’s a number of basic things you must plan for ahead of a road trip with your puppy, like:
- A check up at the vet, getting his shots and stocking up on medication
- Getting good quality car seat covers for any messes
- Stocking up on dog food and treats for the entire trip
However, here are a few additional things you should try and do to make your doggy road trip more safe and smooth for everyone…
1. Try to Stick to Your Regular Schedule
By that we mean walks, meals and exercise or play time.
Naturally it’s impossible to keep exactly the same routine on a road trip with your dog. But walks or potty breaks, and meals are essential, and not hard to keep track with.
And if you stay regular with those, the chances of your pup making a mess go down greatly.
2. Plan Your Route Well
For taking potty breaks and walks, you will need to plan your trip route accordingly.
What does that mean?
Try to plan for stops near known walking routes or near dog parks. Planning your road trip with such pit stops every 3-4 hours is ideal. Such stops also help reduce the stress and anxiety of the trip for your dog.
3. Make Note of Dog Care Centers or Dogsitters
If you’re planning to go to places or events that might not allow dogs – or even if you aren’t – make note of a few dog care centers.
It’s better to leave them in trusted company rather than crated anxious and alone at your hotel. Besides you never know if you need one in an emergency.
If you know any owners in town, make sure to ask for recommendations. And dog sitters are also a convenient alternative!
4. Update Your Dog’s ID Tag
Again, you never know when the need might arise. But having your pup’s ID updated with your contact in town can be a lifesaver.
Think about it…
If the ID has your contact details from back home, it might take much longer to resolve the situation.
That’s why, make a point of updating the ID tag with your local contact from your destination when on a road trip with your dog. Even better would be contact details of friends or family in the city or town you’re going to.
Hope you find these tips for going on road trips with your dog useful. If you have any other tips of your own, do put them in the comments section below!
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