Published on Monday, March 12, 2012 12:31
Written by Empty Nest TravelingMom
I am the mom of a 12-pound Chihuahua named Bob. He’s more of a napper than a yapper, and he’s been a road trip dog since he joined our family. Traveling with kids has it’s challenges and traveling with dogs can be equally as challenging. Sure, there are no “are we there yet?
” conversations, but if you travel with Bob The Dog, you quickly learn that there are whines and a few bumps in the road. The whines and howling stop right after he realizes we’re not headed to the vet or the groomer. Unfortunately, that takes about 20 minutes.
So how do you road trip with a temperamental Chihuahua?
You turn up the Adele CD and push on. Meanwhile, here are 5 sanity savers, that will keep you and your pooch happy in the canine car.
5 Tips for Traveling with a Dog
1. Use a harness that will secure your pet and keep him and you safe during the drive. A dog in your lap is cute, but it's dangerous and can be deadly when you’re trying to steer a vehicle.
2. Bring a spare leash. The last thing you need is to be on the road without a leash or with a broken one. I also prefer a non-extendable one for rest areas, to insure the pet stays close to you and doesn’t run into a traffic area.
3. Play tag team. If there’s more than one adult on the journey, consider switching off with the pup during rest stops. Bob The Dog is a little high strung and panics when the rest of us disappear from the car. We take turns and give him a longer walk in the process.
4. Bring plenty of bottled water on the journey. You’ll throw half of it away because your pet never wants to drink or eat
when you think he should.
5. Invest in a pet play pen. This wire fold-down fence, was the best investment of our puppy parenting. When Bob The Dog’s on a road trip, we never leave home without it. It folds into any configuration and is a real life saver if you need to restrict your pet from certain areas, but give him room to roam. Note: It will rattle like crazy on the drive unless you secure it in your trunk by wrapping it in a blanket or placing luggage on top of it.
Safe and Calm Travels!!!