Do you have any idea to plan a road trip with your four-legged member? For some dog owners, a trip is no fun without their lovely dogs. However, traveling could be highly stressful both for you and your pet companions. With thoughtful preparation, you and your pet will have a happy time.
Traveling with your dog involves more than just loading him in the back seat and motoring off – especially if you will be driving long distances or plan to be away for a long time. Here are some tips help you to prepare a safe and comfortable car trip.
Prepare a well-ventilated crate or carrier to keep your dog safe and secure. According to your pet’s size, you can decide what is suitable. Pet portable carrier is perfect for the small size dogs, while crate is suitable to any size of dogs. Whatever you choose, make sure it is large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. or if you want your pet enjoy the trip, you can think about assembling a dog safety belt in car and let your dog wear it during the driving time.
Get your dog geared up for a long trip by taking him on a series of short drive first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car. Don’t allow your dog to ride with his head outside the window. He could injured by flying objects and keep him in the back seat in his crate or with a harness attached to a seat buckle.
Make sure that all the dog stuff is ready for your furry friend. Prepare a travel-feeding schedule; it should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure. Do not feed him in a moving vehicle even if it is a long trip. Besides, leash, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and toys or pillow are needed for pooch to give him a sense of familiarity.
Last but not least, ensure your pet has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone or any other relevant contact information.