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How to Take a Road Trip with Your Dog

Tips for a Successful Road Trip with Your Favorite Companion

Due to COVID-19, many of us have had to cancel or change our summer vacation plans. Although summer is getting down to the end, there is still time to get in a small trip. While you may not want to fly right now, you can still take a road trip. Whether your final destination is to a camping site or to a loved one’s house that lives farther away, it’s not complete without your favorite companion.

Bringing your dog along with you on your trips can make both of you happy. You don’t have to pay for a dog sitter, and your dog won’t be at home missing you. In this post, we will be sharing some tips for having a successful road trip with your dog.

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An Enjoyable Trip for Both You and Your Furry Friend

happy black lab in back of car on road trip
  1. Take a route with a lot of rest stops. Even if this means taking a longer route, you need to make sure you have enough stops that meet your dog’s needs. Many rest stops include areas for your dog to run around and go to the bathroom. You don’t want to worry about any accidents happening in your car.
  2. Make sure your dog can go on a road trip. If you know that your dog gets anxiety while in a vehicle, take them our for trial road trips. End these trips with a treat, a new toy, or some other reward to show them that they shouldn’t be scared. You should also check with your vet to make sure that your dog is healthy enough to travel.
  3. Protect your vehicle’s interior. Get some car seat covers if you have any seating surfaces that could be damaged by claw marks or attracts dog fur. You can also get a divider, dog sling, or hammock to designate an area for your furry friend. That way you aren’t turning around to check on them while you drive. Bring a toy for your dog to play with so that they are distracted during the trip.

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