So you want to take a road trip with your dog? A trip to the beach might go a long way in keeping your pup cool, so a road trip might not be such a bad idea.
Traveling with your four-legged friend will prove a bit more challenging than hitting the road with one of your human pals, though, so you’ll have to plan accordingly. Here are some tips to help make your journey a success.
Download Apps for Road Trips
There’s an app for everything nowadays. Road trips are no exception to that rule, and there are at least three programs you’ll want to download:
- DogParkFinder (Helps track down dog parks)
- BringFido (Locates pet-friendly accomodations)
- Pet Tech PetSaver (First aid for pets)
There are, of course, plenty of other apps that might catch your eye, so be sure to peruse the options carefully.
Create a Packing List
You wouldn’t want to forget anything important when you hit the road. Make a list of the essentials so you bring them along:
- Leash, collar, and ID tags
- Water and food bowls
- Treats and toys
- Doggy poo bags
- Proof of vaccinations
- Microchip registration
- Pet insurance
Be sure to double check that list before you head off, and you’ll have everything you need for the voyage.
Keep Their Head and Paws Inside the Vehicle at All Times
It might not be obvious, but flying debris and objects can pose a hazard on the road. Keep your pet safe by keeping their head and paws inside the vehicle at all times.
Get a Car Harness for Your Dog
In the interest of safety, you should use a car harness for transporting your pup. In the event of a collision, a “loose” dog would be subject to serious injury.
Having a harness will help provide some protection, and increase the likelihood both you and your dog make it to the end of your trip in one piece.
Take Frequent Stops
It’s likely you already know not to leave dogs in hot cars that are stationary. Did you know that you should also avoid leaving them in the car too long when you’re in motion?
Your dog might be the type that gets anxious or carsick. Alternatively, they might need to get out, stretch their legs, and relieve themselves. In both cases, we recommend frequent stops (about every two hours or so).
Book Pet-Friendly Accommodations
If you need to stop along the way, make sure to book pet-friendly accommodations beforehand. It might be difficult to locate suitable places to stay mid-trip, so taking care of it in advance can help relieve a potentially stressful scenario.
Bring Entertainment for Your Dog
You wouldn’t want your dog getting bored during your trip, would you? Luckily, providing entertainment in the form of treat-filled Kongs, toys, and puzzles, is an easy thing to do.
Find a Hike or Lake
Another diversion you can provide to your dog (and yourself) is a quick jaunt to a hiking trail or lake. There are few joys greater than exploring the wilderness with your dog. Just remember, if they get dirty, a pet wash station helps take the hassle out of bath time. Find an Evolution Dog Wash nearby to get them clean quickly.
Hitting the open road with your pup holds an amazing potential for fun. Make sure to start your adventure prepared, and contact us to learn more about how the Evolution Dog Wash has helped pet owners on the go.