For me, I cannot imagine taking a vacation without my dogs, Luna and Reve. This however usually means traveling with them in the car. Car travels with your dogs can feel a bit strenuous for both you and your pets. However, this uncertainty can be mitigated if you plan well for the journey. Here are some steps to ensure that your dog needs are met along the way.
Keep Your Dog Secured in the Car
When traveling with your dog, one of the most important things to ensure is to keep them secured so they are not wandering around. Due to the excitement or anxiety of traveling, they are likely to get jumpy. This is dangerous as they can distract you and eventually cause an accident. They can even harm themselves, for example, jumping out of the window. It is also a safety precaution in case you get into any form of accident. Your pet will not be launched out of the car due to impact.
It is due to the above reasons that you want to make sure that your dog is safely restrained inside the vehicle. There are many options available for this, including pet seat belts, harnesses and crates. You can also have a carrier and strap it to the seat with a seatbelt. Nonetheless, it should be big enough for your dog to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably.
Pack a Travel Kit
You do not want any surprises when you get into the car. Hence, when traveling with your dogs, it is best to pack everything they might need into one handy kit. Having all the supplies needed for your trip in one easy-to-grab bag also ensures that everything is always ready when needed.
One of the things you must make sure is that your dog has plenty of water and food available during the trip. The crate that they travel in should also be easy to get into and out of so that food and water can be accessed easily during stops along the way.
Also pack any medications that may be necessary during the trip. Other items that you need to pack include food bowls, water bowls, grooming supplies, toys and treats, waste bags, leashes, and Collars among others.
Add Identification to Your Dog
It is also crucial that you add some form of identification on your dog. For this, you want to ensure that they have a dog collar with an ID tag. This should contain your address information as well as your phone number. If you are traveling to a new place temporarily, ensure that you update the address information on the tag. Taking this precaution increases your chances of being reunited with your beloved pet in case they get lost while on travel.
Here are some dog clothes and accessories that you can carry with you:
Hawaiian Camp Dog Shirt – Island Life
You will love everything about the Hawaiian Camp Dog Shirt by SassyDogFashions. The bright colors and fun prints are sure to make your pup stand out in a crowd. The leash hole is ideal for simple walks in the park or longer walks around town, and you can even get a matching design in other products. We carry all sizes from extra small through extra-large, so you can get one that fits your dog perfectly.
Butterflies Dog Collar in all Sizes
This stylish designer dog collar is perfect for your girl. Made from soft nylon, this collar features a cute ribbon, patterned with butterflies and sewn onto the comfortable yet strong nylon strap for durability. The secure plastic quick release buckle makes it easy to take on and off, while the nickel-plated D-ring allows you to easily attach the matching leash. Not only does it come in multiple sizes, but also has a wide range of adjustability, helping you find the perfect fit for your pup.
Cute Personalized Dog Harness and Leash in Pink Houndstooth
This is the perfect everyday custom harness for your girl, so you can bring her along everywhere you go! It features a cute pink houndstooth pattern that gives it that extra touch of sophistication. You can also customize it with an embroidered name to make it even adorable. It is well padded both at the neck and the chest to make sure that she is comfortable. Being a no pull harness, it is a safe option for your darling as it will not put stress on her neck and hurt her. Add a matching pink leash!
Al The Gator Pet Bow Tie for Dogs and Cats
This pink bow tie with cute gator prints is a must-have accessory for any stylish pet. It can be attached to almost any of her collars to make her look dapper. This designer bow tie can be used for both dogs and cats. Made of soft materials and with the secure touch fastener strip on the back, it will be easy to attach and remove from any collar. Available in two sizes: Small and Large.
Driving with dogs is a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors. But, it can be a little stressful for both you and your pup. Above are some tips to help you keep your dog safe while traveling in the car.