Tips for Taking Road Trips with Dogs

If we could be as joyful all the time as a pooch that’s just been told it’s going for a ride, the world would be a much better place. Your dog loves to hop in the car with you, but there’s a big difference between a quick cruise to the dog-park and a days-long, cross-country drive. The endless open road of a long-distance road trip can be as exhausting for your dog as it can be for you. That’s why we’ve compiled a few quick tips for making road trips with dogs simpler and happier for everyone:

The Essential Packing List

You do NOT want to forget these crucial items:

  • Your dog’s normal food (changing up their diet on the road can cause digestive problems)
  • Water bowl
  • Poop bags
  • Extra towels
  • Kennel
  • Your dog’s favorite toys
  • Any medications your dog is taking
  • Collar and leash
  • Updated tags
  • Dog bed and/or blankets

Sit & Stay

Be sure to secure your dog to a seat using a special dog seat-belt. Letting the dog roam the vehicle while driving isn’t just putting your pet in danger, but everyone in your car. When traveling at just 35 MPH, a 60-lb. dog can become a 2,700-lb. projectile in the event of a crash.

Bring a Recent Dog Picture

This shouldn’t be hard to accomplish if you’re the type of person who snaps 20 pictures of their pet a day. Make sure you don’t leave the house without a physical copy of one of those adorable pics. If your beloved pet goes missing on the road, you’ll be able to use this to identify him or her much more quickly.

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