A Guide to Traveling with Your Dog

traveling with a dog

Time to hit the road? Far from setting off into the sunset and enjoying a relaxing journey, traveling with your dog can be a fur-raising experience.

Fear peeing, puking, and pooing; shaking, barking, whining, and whimpering. Yeah, safe to say that hitting route 66 quickly turns into the road trip from hell when accompanied by your nervy canine.

So, what can you do about it? Let’s work through our top waggly-tail tips.

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Plan well ahead when traveling with your dog

We don’t know why, but not everyone is a huge fan of dogs (between you and me – they don’t know what they’re missing). Anyway, dogs are pretty much a no-go for many motels and hotels, so if you are traveling with a dog you will need to do a little legwork before you set off.

This page lists pet-friendly hotels in the USA, and allows you to search by date as well as book online. Easy peasy.

Also Read: Tips To Keep Your House Clean As A Pet Owner

Make a list (check it twice, thrice, four times) and pack in good time

Packing for a smooth trip starts with getting organized and packing your bag at least the day before. Here’s a list of things to pop into your case when you are traveling with a dog:

  • Dog food
  • Treats
  • Dog crate
  • Food/water bowls
  • Dog harness/seat belt buckle
  • Leashes
  • Up-to-date vaccine records (this will be required when entering Canada, as well as for staying at some accommodation)
  • Poo bags
  • Lint roller (for attempting to tackle that in-car dog hair)
Traveling With Your Dog

Go for walks before traveling with your dog

A long walk will pay off big time before your journey (at least double the usual daily walk should do nicely). Give him a small treat or two once he’s home, but avoid feeding him his usual meal (a full belly is a sure-fire way to bring about car sickness).

Dogs can easily (and happily) go for a day without food, just so long as they have plenty of water to hand.

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Safety first when traveling with a dog

When it’s time to set off, be sure to safely secure your dog with a seat buckle or place him in a good quality crate (don’t be tempted to let him hang his head out of the window – as this can lead to some pretty nasty eye injuries).

You should also make sure that he’s easily identifiable (at least through a collar tag and microchip). Ideally, however, you should go one step further, and fit him with a dog tracker (there are some great – and inexpensive – options out there that work with your smartphones – such as the Pawscout Tracker or the PETFOM Tracker.

Finally, think about the weather. If it’s the middle of summer and your car is air-conditioning free you should plan to avoid traveling during the hottest times of the day.

Top up your gas at quiet stations

If possible, try to stop off for gas and toilet breaks at stations outside of built-up urban areas, as it’ll be more likely that you’ll discover a grassy space (which can encourage a reluctant pooch to open his bladder!).

Take a pitstop for a mid-way walk

Try to split your journey up every couple of hours or so with a 15-minute walk when traveling with a dog. This may take some planning, but it shouldn’t be too challenging to discover a nice walk just a short way from most main highways.

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Pop in a CBD bone or two into your pouch’s packing

CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that’s derived from all-natural, 3rd party tested hemp (e.g. it won’t make your canine stoned – it’ll simply calm their nerves and get them travel-ready).

CBD bones are made for everything from the terrors of fireworks to taking a road trip or plane ride.

FOMO bones team CBD with a formidable team of valerian root, chamomile, and passionflower for one all-natural canine calmer.

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