Summer is the perfect time of year to take a road trip - and to bring your pup with you! If you're travelling with your dog in the upcoming months, here are some tips to take with you.
Just as you need a seat belt when you travel, your dog needs to be secure as well. There are a number of ways you can help keep your dog safe in the car, like a tether that attaches to their harness or a full harness and belt selt. If this will make them too anxious, consider adding a full seat cover that acts as a hammock to help keep your dog secure in the rear seat.
Try to stick with your pup's regular feeding schedule even when you're driving. Staying consistent with this will help their tummy from getting upset. Try to take a dinner break at a rest stop or gas station with a grassy area so that your dog can be still when eating, and give them some time to digest before you hit the road again.
Pack a Travel Bag
Be sure to pack a travel bag that has your dog's essentials in it, and put it somewhere that's easy to grab. In this bag, pack a food and water bowl, food, waste bags, toys, and a first-aid kit.
Keep Dog ID'd
While your dog might have a microchip that IDs them, not many people know this. When you're travelling, keep a collar on your dog that has their identification information on it, so that people will know who to call or contact in the rare case that your dog gets away.
Keep Windows Locked
When you're on the highway, be sure to keep your windows rolled up and locked. If your dog sticks their head out the window on the highway, they can be injured by debris. Be sure not to only keep the windows up, but put the lock on as well, so that your dog can't accidentally roll the window down with their paws.
So what are you waiting for? Hit the road with your pup by your side! (Or rather, behind you).