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Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Travelling with your Dog

Got any good tips you'd like to share for making car travel easier for your travel companion?
Gerry Molloy
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Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Travelling with your Dog

Postby Gerry Molloy » Fri May 01, 2015 2:32 pm

Do: Get your Pet acclimatised to car travel
Start with short local drives around the neighbourhood to get them used to the car.
Make the first few journeys to somewhere nice like an off leash park or beach.

Do: Plan Ahead (especially for Breaks)
You need to plan for breaks especially when undertaking long trips with Pet(s) on board. Dogs need to stretch their legs as well as take pee breaks. This could be dog friendly parks or beaches, or motorway service stations. The WoofAdvisor Trip Planner was designed specifically with this in mind.

Do: Make sure your pet is properly secured while you’re driving
Never leave your pet free to roam around inside the car. There are a range of options for safely securing them including harnesses, car seats, crates and carriers. Find out what works best for your Pet and use it every time they travel with you in the car.

Don’t: Overfeed your dog before a car journey
Lots of Dogs suffer from motion sickness, even those used to travelling by car.
Ideally don’t feed your dog for three or four hours before your trip, and make it a light meal.

Do: Exercise your Dog before starting a car journey
It just makes it much easier on everyone

Do: Provide distraction
Bring some favourite toys, have someone sit in the back with them.

Do: Bring all the right equipment
When planning a long trip, even a short one, you need to plan accordingly.
Items you may need to bring include food, a bowl, poop bags, medication, favourite toys etc.
Obviously if crossing national borders this list would include all relevant documentation, pet passport etc.

Do: Use a Window shade
Particularly if travelling during Summer, in a hot climate etc.

Do: Bring a plug in car fan
Particularly if travelling during Summer, in a hot climate etc.

Do: Make sure your Dog has enough water
Try and judge this – enough to make sure the dog is not in danger of getting de-hydrated, but not enough to have to exit the motorway looking for somewhere suitable for an unscheduled stop.

Don’t: Leave Pets alone in the car

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Re: Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for Travelling with your Dog

Postby 6729-Shandos Cleaver » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:56 pm

Thanks for sharing these tips! Our dog regularly took trips in our car from when he was a puppy, so loves going in the car.


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