3. Things to pack
There are lots of great products available for all types of trips with your dog. If you have space, try to pack as many of their usual things as you can, such as their dog bed, their favorite blanket, favorite toy, even their food and water bowls to make them feel comfortable on a big trip.
Pack plenty of your pet’s food as it is not ideal to change their diet suddenly should you run out on the trip. Also pack plenty of water, especially for in the car as your pup needs to stay hydrated with all the excitement!
Depending on where you are going, you might want to pack a doggie towel to dry them off after visiting a dog-friendly beach or taking a walk through the woods. If you are going on an outdoor holiday, a dog first aid kit may come in really useful. Things to include are tweezers for splinters, tick pullers, eyewash, antiseptic wipes, and gauze in case of cuts and scrapes.
Dog-friendly wet wipes come in really handy to keep your pup's feet and face clean after a busy day sniffing about in a new city or trekking up in the hills.
In the event that your dog does feel sick in the car, or brings half the forest in with them, a small car cleaning kit including a spray-on carpet cleaner and a mini vacuum can make the rest of the trip so much more pleasant!
Wherever you are planning to go with your pup, make sure you have packed plenty of poo bags as you are an ambassador for all pet owners whilst out with your pup.
4. Practice in the car before your trip
Make car travel fun and get your furry best friend used to the car seats by going through the motions of harnessing them up on the back seat or in their travel bag and take a quick trip to the pet shop to pick out a squeaky toy! Short drives and squeaky toys are the best way to get anxious dogs comfortable visiting new places and gradually building up to a couple of hours at a time rather than driving long distances the first time your pup travels in the car.
5. Motion Sickness
If your pup does suffer from car sickness, which is not uncommon in younger dogs, you can visit your vet for a prescription medication that will make everybody have a better trip. Whether or not your pup suffers from car sickness, a good way to avoid it is to plan for frequent stops and to make sure your dog is in a cool area of the car with plenty of shade. Always have some water available and their dog crate or travel bag should be big enough that they have enough room to stand up and turn around in. Just as it is for us, it is a good idea to let your dog stretch their legs with regular bathroom breaks on a long drive. If they start to feel ill, have them drive for a bit. 😉
Also, avoid feeding your pup immediately before long car rides, and of course, all pet owners know that dogs must not be left in a hot car else they will quickly suffer from heatstroke.