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How to travel with a dog

Why do some dogs chase cars? We're no experts, but it might be because they want to see what it's like to head out with the family on a road trip.

Watch this video to see our top 15 tips on how to travel with a dog – guaranteed to make restless pups stay peaceful and slobber stay off the seats.

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  • E
    On 16 Dec 2016, Erin wrote:

    We travel with our dog all the time!
    Here are some of my tips from our countless road trips:

    1. Get a seat cover for your car.
    It keeps the dirt from getting in the hard-to-clean crevices of the seats.
    See them here - (https://www.amazon.com/dog-seat-covers/b?ie=UTF8&node=3024184011)

    2. Dog seat belts/harnesses are safe for your dog and your family.
    They work simply with any seat belt, and they keep your dog from trying to climb to the front of the car. They're also more protected than if they were unbuckled in the event of a car crash.
    See them here - (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dpets&field-keywords=dog+seat+belt+harness&rh=n%3A2619533011%2Ck%3Adog+seat+belt+harness)

    3. If your dog suffers from car sickness and you're taking a very long car ride, ask your vet about getting a mild sedative.
    It saves them from feeling miserable and panting the whole time and it saves you from you needing to clean up doggy vomit during an unexpected rest stop.

    4. Another tip to avoid car sickness in dogs is to sit in the back seat with them so they stay calm. I usually cover my dogs eyes with my hands when he's feeling sick. This helps him fall asleep, and it reduces his car sickness as it's usually caused by him looking out the window at a weird angle while the scenery is zipping by.

    5. Dog water bottles are awesome for trips...
    No need to carry bowls around during your rest stops and hikes. These awesome water bottles minimize water waste as you can dispense only as much as the dog wants to drink.
    See them here - (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_14?url=search-alias%3Dpets&field-keywords=dog+water+bottle&sprefix=dog+water+bott%2Cpets%2C433&crid=XBMR47TBXPPK&rh=n%3A2619533011%2Ck%3Adog+water+bottle)

    6. Bring high-value treats.
    Your dog's typical treats might not cut it if they're nervous or feeling uncomfortable while travelling. I usually bring something "special" for my dog (peanut butter, a special yummy bone, etc ...) so that he associates the car with good rewards.

    7. Dog sleeping bags are funny, but surprisingly useful if you have a bigger dog.
    Having a spare dog bed in the form of a sleeping bag that's light weight and easy to roll/fold saves space in your car. It's also easier to clean than the typical dog bed because of the material its made from.
    See them here - (https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_11?url=search-alias%3Dpets&field-keywords=dog+sleeping+bag&sprefix=dog+sleepin%2Cpets%2C228&crid=1BMY4M0GX1PFV&rh=n%3A2619533011%2Ck%3Adog+sleeping+bag)

    8. Make sure vaccines, tick/flea medication, anti-worming medication, microchip and dog tags are all up-to-date.
    Consult with your vet what different types of vaccines your dog might need depending on the area of the world you're traveling in. While you're there, have them check to make sure the microchip still scans well. Make sure they're registered in an online database so if they get lost they have a better chance of coming home safe. I also make sure to put my email address on my dog's tags in addition to my phone number and address. If you're traveling in a foreign country it will be easier for people to contact you that way.

    9. Use the Booking.com pet-friendly filter when finding places to stay. If you have a larger dog, make sure that you ask about any weight/size restrictions. You should also ask about any pet fees that may not be included in the booking price.
    It makes life so much easier!

    10. Bring them with you!
    Don't keep your dog cooped up in a hotel room all day while you go explore. There are plenty of websites with tips about dog-friendly parks, restaurants, activities in different cities around the world.

    Our dog is been on pretty much every type of transportation over the years: planes, trains, boats, cars, bikes, trams, metros, taxis, busses, etc ... perhaps expanding this into a series would be useful! :)


  • F
    On 16 Dec 2016, fran wrote:

    Slobber is infact *not* car proof. Here's another pro-tip; if your fuzzy gets car sick, pop a baby Benadryl before you're on the move and it settles them down (make sure to check with your vet about dosage!)


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