Going Cross Country: How To Bring Fido On Your Road Trip

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It’s vacation time! Traveling cross country in your family’s van can be a fun-filled experience for the whole family. It’s an affordable, flexible way for you to get away. Plus, trekking by car gives you a chance to bring your best friend along. No, we’re not talking about your college roommate; we’re referring to your dog.

Going on a road trip with dogs can be a fantastic bonding experience. It can also add a lot of stress to your road trip planning if you don’t do it properly. Make sure that you understand how to keep your pet safe in the car, where you can stay with dogs, and how to make the most out of the ultimate road trip with your four-legged friend. At least your dog won’t ask, “Are we there yet?”

Car Safety for Pets

When traveling by car, cats are safest in their crates. Is that the best way to travel with a dog, though? You’re used to seeing canines sticking their heads out the windows of a moving car, pacing back and forth across the back seat, or even standing on their owner’s laps while the person is driving. None of these scenarios is ideal for the dogs’ safety. Loose dogs can distract drivers. They can even be ejected from the vehicle in an accident, putting them at a greater risk of injury or death.

The safest way to transport a dog by car is in a crate that’s secured to the inside of the vehicle, according to Whole Dog Journal. That’s a bummer if you had visions of jamming out to your favorite music with Fido in the front seat. If you don’t want to keep the dog in a crate, your pet is safest in a doggy seat belt. A pet restraint designed for dogs includes a harness that attaches to the seat. Never keep your dog in the front seat. The air bag could harm your furry friend if it deploys in an accident. Maintain your dog’s safety by properly restraining her in a moving vehicle.

Dogs can also interfere with your power windows. If the dog steps on the button, the window could roll down automatically, posing a danger for a frightened pup that might jump. Canines can also accidentally close car windows on themselves just by taking a wrong step. Restraining the animal is the best way to prevent this from happening. Locking the power windows can also help.

Dog care while traveling involves giving your dog plenty of water and opportunity for exercise during the trip. Keeping bottles of water in the car is important for any people driving with you. However, you should have extra bottles on hand for your dog. You never know what will happen, and you don’t want to be stuck with a dehydrated pet on a long trip.

Finding A Place to Stay

Although you love your dog like a child, you can’t bring a pet into most places where children are allowed. That means that you have to do some extra planning in regards to your overnight accommodations and meals along the route. You can’t just drag your dog into every restaurant. It’s also not safe to leave dogs in cars, even if you keep the windows open. This is an especially important consideration if you won’t be bringing any other humans along with you.

Bring lots of food and snacks along with you so that you don’t have to stop and leave your dog alone in the car. Make sure that you bring enough for your canine to eat too. You may not be able to get a hold of his regular food on the road, and switching brands can give some dogs tummy trouble.

When it comes to sleeping arrangements, you’ll have to research pet-friendly accommodations. Many hotels, campgrounds, and rental homes allow pets, but you might have to pay an additional fee. Keep the room as clean as possible by feeding your dog on tiled surfaces. If you must leave Fido alone, he may feel safer in his crate. You’ll also feel safer knowing that your pooch isn’t chewing up the bedspread.


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