Are you planning to travel with your dog? Many people take their dogs with them on road trips, but when you do, you need to make sure you have the right necessities.
For instance, you want to ensure you have their dog food with you, a drinking bowl, water, and a bed or crate for them to travel in. When you have everything you need with you traveling, it will make the trip that much more enjoyable for both you and your dog.
Food and Water
First, you must make sure you have packed your dog's food. The last thing you want is to stop alongside the road and pick up a brand of dog food that your dog is not used to eating because this will an upset stomach, which could result in vomiting and diarrhea. Therefore, bring along your dog's daily food and treats that he or she is used to eating, that way you do not have to worry about your dog's digestive system trying to adjust to a new food.
You will want to make sure you have plenty of water when traveling with your dog, therefore pack some bottled water and a pet bowl to give them water when you make stops. Typically, when you stop for bathroom breaks you will want to get your dog on the leash so that you can walk them and allow your dog to use the bathroom as well.
A Crate is a Comfortable way for Your Dog to Travel
When you are traveling in a car with your dog, having a comfortable crate is often the best way to travel because the dog is more comfortable and generally feels more secure in a crate. Select a crate that is not too big, but you want one large enough for your dog to stand up and be able to turn around. The crate also acts as a safety device because when you are traveling for long distances if you have to stop suddenly, your dog is protected in the crate from hitting their head or hurting themselves when the car stops suddenly.
Make sure the crate is comfortable and has a pillow or cushioning inside so that your dog is comfortable especially in longer road trips. Moreover, take the time to make stops along the way to walk your dog and give them the chance to stretch their legs because this will help them to remain calm in the car and the exercise will release pent up anxiety.
Traveling with your dog can be a very enjoyable time, but you need to ensure that you are prepared for the trip by having the necessities that your dog will need. When you are prepared for your trip, it will be much more enjoyable for everyone including your dog. Keep in mind, that if you have not traveled a lot with your dog, he or she may be very nervous, which is why you need to begin getting them used to the car from an early age.