It breaks your heart to leave your poor doggie at home, so you love taking him along for the ride. This can be stressful for your pet, especially if you’re planning a long road trip. Here are five easy tips to help make your ride more enjoyable for you and your furry friend.
1. Doggie’s Personal Item. Taking your dog away from the “home den” can be very stressful on your pet. A favorite chew toy or stuffed animal can help carry the the scent from familiar to unfamiliar settings. Don’t forget their leash! A “must-have” for safely transporting your pet “to and from” your car, especially during pit-stops. Leaving a spare leash and some doggie’s bags in your vehicle, keeps you prepared for the times you might be in a rush to get somewhere.
2. Doggie Bed. Dogs require over 10 hours of sleep. Putting their bed in the car can help them rest comfortably, especially for long rides. If you have a big dog, a blanket from home can help to keep it warm in the backseat or a sheet to cool them off during hot weather. This is also helpful if you have a pet that sheds. If you have a small dog, purchasing a booster seat can help your animal see outside the window and keep it comfortable and safe during the ride.
3. Doggie Snacks and Treats. If your dog experiences anxiety during rides, put snacks or a bone in the car to keep their mind distracted or to reward good behavior. If you are going on a road-trip, snacks help to satisfy hunger until you reach your destination.
4. Water. Always keep your dog hydrated. Anxiety or excitement can happen during rides causing panting and loss of fluids. Putting cool water in a disposable container with a lid is an easy way to hydrate your pooch. A water bottle with a plastic bowl also comes in handy or if you need something more compact, use a zip lock bag. Simply fold the end and fill with water. It’s an easy way to dispose of the container once your done quenching your pet’s thirst.
5. Small Container of Cleaning Supplies. Your car is a small area of place. Dog odors can make for a very uncomfortable ride, especially if you also have other human passengers. Keeping a deodorizer or air freshener in the car can help mask your pet’s smells, especially if your dog gets wet. It’s also handy to keep a towel or small washcloth in your car to help wipe wet and muddy paws in the event that it rains. Dog nose smudges can also obstruct window viewing. Putting Windex wipes in the car can easily rectify this problem and keeps your ride nice and clean.