We are just over a week away from Christmas. If you’re like many dog owners, this means traveling with your dog in the next few days.
I hate traveling.
Don’t get me wrong, I love being at my destination, I just hate the process of getting there.
Tie that hatred of traveling in with the difficulties of traveling with a dog and you end up with one very cranky lady.
So, over the years, I have implemented a number of ways to make traveling easier for us and today I wanted to share some of those tips with you.
5 Tips to Make Traveling With Your Dog Easier
1. Travel at Night
If you drive a considerable distance for the holidays, traveling at night can make the journey much easier to manage. Your dog is much more likely to sleep for the majority of the trip, stirring only when you make pit stops for gas and bathroom breaks.
2. Your Dog Wants to Stretch His Legs Too
When you spend a long period of time in the car your legs start to feel “squashed.” Your dog feels the same way. Plan your breaks so that one every 90 minutes to 2 hours is at a rest stop. If you travel at night you can extend this period since your dog will be sleeping.
3. Pack a Canine Road Trip Bag When Traveling With Your Dog
Your dog’s road trip bag should include poop bags, baby wipes, a ziplock baggie of food (more than one if you are traveling through winter weather), a large bottle of water, travel bowls, and a small first aid kit including their medications, Benedryl, Pepto Bismol tablets, and a record of your dog’s vaccinations.
4. Plan Your Feeding Schedule Accordingly
Keep in mind before your road trip that what goes in is eventually going to come out. Feed your pup with enough time for them to go potty before you leave home. Oh, and if anyone in your house likes to feed your pup table scraps, make sure they are the one sitting beside your dog for the duration of the trip.
Joking aside, if your dog does tend to get an upset tummy when you travel, assuming they have no medical conditions, it won’t hurt to skip a meal before you go. Not happy with the idea of skipping a meal? Try feeding a tummy settling meal option like chicken and rice instead.
5. Exercise Before You Go!
A tired dog is a good dog. This is a mantra I must have uttered a million times over when talking to parents of “problem dogs”, but it goes for traveling as well.
Take your dog for a long walk before you leave or send them to doggy daycare the day before you leave. This will get rid of all of that extra energy and leave your dog sleeping peacefully for most, if not all, of your road trip.