With summer nearly over, it’s the perfect time for some last minute road trips and vacations with your friends and family. If you are a dog owner, like myself, you might share the view that they are a part of your family and should come with for the journey. The following is a list of some essential tips and knowledge that you should be aware of if you are planning on bringing your dogs with you on a long drive. For more information on how to make money from your old car, follow this link.
â€¢It is very important before you even leave to plan out pet friendly accommodation; you need to research different hotels and hostels and ensure that they allow dogs/pets on the premises. This is also important if you’re looking at going camping or staying in a caravan as some camp/caravan sites do not allow dogs or pets. Planning this beforehand ensures that there will be no issues when you arrive at your destination.
â€¢You need to ensure that you have the correct safety equipment thatÂ will allow dogs to travel in cars such as the suitable seatbelts and/or a travel crate. You shouldn’t just let your dog loose in the car becauseÂ that’s a very dangerous practice and is a potential hazard for everybody in yourÂ car.
â€¢It is key to ensure that your dog has all the relevant contactÂ information on their collar and identification tag, and that they have a microchip as a precaution in case they somehow lose their collar or it gets removedÂ for some reason.
â€¢It would also be an idea to bring along some puppy pee pads, because despite your dog most likely being house-trained they probably won’tÂ be used to the car for such a long time and may become anxious due to this, resulting in minor accidents. You’re also going to need these if you are staying in a hotel room.
â€¢As well as the pads, a solidÂ supply of their regular food and treats is needed, plus some extra food in case of aÂ delay in the trip; this means that your dog will not go hungry if a route takes longer than planned. You will also need a good supply of water and a bowl so your dog can have a drink whenever it needs, it is very easy for your dog to get dehydrated in the car becauseÂ it often getsÂ very warm.
â€¢Â As a final note, I suggest planning out pit stops along the way to your destination to allow your dog and yourself the opportunity to stretch out for a leisurelyÂ walk and possibly to do some “doggy”Â business.
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