Tip and Warnings

1. Always make sure that your dog has identification tags before traveling. If you should become separated, you will want to make sure that someone can help your dog find his or her way back home. When traveling out of state, it may also be a good idea for you to get a copy of your pets medical records, including vaccines.

2. Never allow your dog to get out of the car with its leash on. Before entering the car and after exiting the car, it’s important to keep your dog leashed.  

3. Always bring a bottle of water and a small bowl for your dog to drink out of when traveling. It is especially important to do this when you are traveling far distances during the hotter months of the year, but keep in mind that dogs do get thirsty as almost any time.

4. Never allow your dog to sit in the front seat of your vehicle. Remember that small adults and children are at risk of injury due to airbags in the event of a car accident. Since dogs are also fairly small, this applies to them as well.

5. Always keep your dog restrained when taking a car ride. The two most popular products on the market which are designed to do this are dog seat belts and dog car seats. Although a seat belt will keep your dog restrained, dog car seats offer many other benefits. Car seats will boost your dog enough to see out of the window during the trip. They will also prevent your dog from slipping and sliding all over the seat if the car comes to a sudden halt.  

6. Never allow your dog to ride in the bed of your truck. Although this may seem like a great place to put your dog, it can be very dangerous because Fluffy will be at risk of falling out if there is a collision or if you come to a sudden halt. Some people do leave their dogs in the bed of their truck but in a carrier which is somewhat of a safer option, but it is a much better idea to keep your pooch inside the truck if at all possible.

7. Always try to avoid feeding your dog too close to the time of your departure. About four hours prior to the trip is a good idea if possible, but otherwise, definitely avoid feeding him any sooner than two hours before the trip. Keep in mind that a dog with a full stomach will be more likely to experience motion sickness in the car.

8. Never think that you can make the whole entire trip without taking your dog for a walk. It is likely that you will need to stop at least once every two to three hours, but depending on your dog, more frequent stops may be necessary.  

9. Always remember that dog car seats are a great way to protect the interior of your car from any accidents that your dog may have. Since puppies tend to be more prone to having accidents than dogs are, this is a great reason to consider using a dog car seat early on. Also be sure to keep in mind that the earlier that you begin using a dog car seat, the more time your pooch has to become adjusted to it.  

10. Always bring your dog whenever possible. Dogs often fear the car because they usually go in it for very long car rides, or to the vet. Bringing the dog in the car with you can help prevent fear from being a problem.

11. Never forget your doggy first aid kit when traveling far distances. Some essential items that you will want to include are bandages, tweezers, scissors, vet wrap, hydrogen peroxide, and gauze. Also be sure to pack any medications your dog is on, including anti-nausea medication.

12. Always make sure that the hotel you are planning to stay at is pet-friendly before leaving home. It can be difficult to find a hotel that welcomes pets, so it is important to find one in advance.

13. Always bring food along for the trip. Even if you only end up giving your dog a few pieces of food, it is likely that he or she will get hungry at some point during the car ride.

14. Never let your dog travel very long distances without having a physical performed by a vet beforehand. It is important to make sure that your dog’s health condition is good enough for travel.