Traveling with Your Dog

Dog in Car Window

Did I pack my toothbrush? Do I have enough socks? Will I even need socks? Oh the thoughts that cross my mind before I travel! If you’re like me, you run around franticly before traveling and then the thought pops in your mind, “Oh wait, the dogs!” I have been up and down the east coast and far west traveling with my pooches, so I’d like to think that I have rubber tramping down to a science!

Before heading out on the road with your dogs, here are a few things I’ve learned from traveling with my dogs.

First thing, I like to exercise my dogs thoroughly before the trip begins. This way they have a chance to use the bathroom and burn their energy. If your dog is anxious on drives, burning their excess energy will help him relax.

If you know that your dog suffers from car sickness, I would recommend speaking with your vet and considering giving your pup Dramamine. If it is a short trip, it is also a good idea to hold off on feeding him before the trip.

During my trip, I am mindful of where I might be able to stop to let the dogs out. I like to find rest stops that have wide open green spaces to let the dogs stretch their legs. I always keep them under control and on leash during these bathroom breaks!

If I need to stay in a hotel, I will plan ahead and make reservations accordingly. When I arrive at my hotel, I make sure I let my dogs relieve themselves and clean up after them. I also like to respect the other hotel guests and keep my dogs quiet and under control. Having a well-behaved dog makes life so much easier!

Here is a checklist of items I like to pack for my pups:

  • Dog food… duh
  • Plenty of water
  • Dog bowls
  • Chew toys
  • Dog bed or blanket
  • Dog crate for the hotel
  • Emergency vet contact information for the various destinations along the ride
  • Canine first-aid kit (I keep one in my truck at all times)
  • Leashes—I like to have a long leash to let them stretch out during their bathroom breaks
  • Any medicine your dog may need while living life on the road

Here is a list of hotel chains that allow pets:

  • La Quinta
  • Red Roof Inn
  • Best Western
  • Drury Inn
  • Motel 6

Traveling with your pets can make for more work and planning, but the memories you will make with them will be priceless! So, go for it and live life out on the open road!

3 thoughts on “Traveling with Your Dog

    • Anita says:

      Great question! This is what our trainer had to say:

      Car sickness and anxiety can be a tough fix. There are several techniques to help mitigate the issues. The first thing you want to do is exercise your dog before the car ride. Truly exhaust him. If he is tired, he will have less nervous energy and be more likely to relax.

      The second thing you can try is to do short car rides. Basically, slowly reintroduce the dog to the car rides. So, this is what it would look like: Session one and two, you stay in your drive way. Just work on getting in the car and out of the car several times making it a positive experience. Then sessions three and four, turn the car on and off. Then, session five roll down the driveway and park. Short quick sessions with a lot of positive vibes. After you spend time on this, take the dog around the block for 2 minutes, pull back in the drive way and end your session with some excitement.

      My last suggestion would be to speak with your Vet about a medicine to help calm the dog’s nerves. I would still go through the process listed above, but the medicine paired with all that hard work should help the dog.

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      • Beverly says:

        Thanks so much for your suggestions – we’re going to try that process and go slowly – she’s a cattle dog mix (with strong herding and control tendencies 🙂 so we’re sure it will take some time…:-) Thanks again!

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