Spring break is around the corner and summer not far behind, so many pet parents will soon be hitting the road, possibly with their dogs in tow. But is your pooch miserable during the trip? There are things you can to do help!
Travel By Car
First, make sure you are getting your dog enough exercise before you head out on the open road.
“Just like kids, you need to tire them out so they can rest or sleep during the ride,” behavioral therapist and trainer Beverly Ulbrich says. “It will cause less stress and anxiety for them if you drain some of their energy first.”
We usually head to the dog park for an hour before getting in the car. You have to factor this into your travel time for a happier ride-a-long.
“I recommend walking your dog the minimum you typically walk him every day,” Ulbrich says. “So if he’s used to at least a 45-minute walk every day, then you need to have a 45-minute walk before putting him the car for a few hours.”
Extra exercise isn’t necessary on trips less than an hour but make sure your dog goes potty before you leave.
Also make sure to bring plenty of water and a dog-friendly dish. Our favorite to-go water dish is Gulpy, a portable water dispenser that comes in different shapes and sizes.