You don’t want your furry companion to miss out on fun trips. You want your pet to enjoy traveling just as much as you do. That’s why it’s so important to bring everything you need to make traveling comfortable for the entire family — including your four-legged friend. Here are a few simple do’s and don’ts to ensure your pet enjoys your trip.
#1 Plan stops.
Make sure your route has plenty of places to stop along the way. Get an idea of how long your trip is going to take beforehand and plan stops ahead of time. Find dog parks along the way so your four-legged companion can exercise before having to hop back in the vehicle.
#2 Double-check your packing.
Pack enough pet food for the entire vacation. Toys are always good for keeping your pet amused in the vehicle. If you are using a crate, you might want to make sure you have a potty pad in case of any accidents.
#3 Bring entertainment.
A bored pet can distract you from driving. Be sure to keep toys or other forms of pet-related entertainment on hand during your trip. Pack your pet’s favorite chew toy or have someone else sit in the back seat to provide company.
#4 Don’t get frustrated.
Long periods of time in a car can confuse your pet. Remain calm and remember to pull over to let your dog use the restroom and get some exercise. Poor behavior can be a sign of pent-up energy. Stay patient with your pet and ensure frequent stops.
#5 Keep your pet safe in the car.
There are a number of different products available to keep your pet safe in the vehicle. Even though you don’t plan on being in an accident, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Consider using a dog car seat or harness to keep your pet safely in place and out of harm’s way.
There is no reason why you and your canine companion can’t have an amazing vacation together. Your pet is an integral part of your home. As such, you don’t want to leave them out of the festivities. Use these five tips to ensure your trip is a success for you and your pet.
Written contribution by Andrea Davis, Home Advisor.