Driving Cross Country With a Dog. Travel Training Tips.
Driving cross country with a dog this summer? Whether taking a vacation or moving, driving cross country with a dog is much safer than flying, but can still be very stressful for your dog. Here are a few tips that will eliminate some of the strain on your dog and make it more enjoyable for everyone.
Before driving cross country with a dog, make sure to get a clean bill of health from your vet. Discuss your travel plans with them and let them know where you are going and what you plan on doing. If you live in the city and plan on camping in the woods, your dog may be coming in contact with new parasites, so be sure to educate yourself on health and prevention.
Items to bring with when driving cross country with a dog:
This gives your dog a safe den in new environments and keeps them safe in the car
Tap water has different sediments that your dog may not be use to. By using bottled water it is gentler on their stomach.
Make sure you bring enough food or know where you will be able to get the same kind. You do not want to give your dog a new food during travel if you can help it. During the first couple days feed less than normal and watch for loose stools or vomiting.
Skip treats and opt instead for an elk antler, ball or kong type toy. Pumpkin is a great alternative that also helps to regulate their tummies. (do not use pie filling, it contains sugar).
-Leash, Collar, Tags
Inspect your dog’s collar and leash for wear and replace needed. Make sure the information on your dog’s tags/microchip is up to date. If your dog does not have a solid off leash recall you can buy a long line to bring with (15’ – 30’ leash).
Prior to driving cross country with a dog, take some shorter driving trips in and around town. Crating your dog is ideal for safety, but also keeps them from pacing and getting anxious. Drooling, panting, excessive shedding, vomiting and loose stool during or following a car ride are all signs of stress. If weather permits, you can even crate your dog in the car and let them take a nap there. Since you will be spending a lot of time in the car together you want your dog to be very comfortable there. By taking a few precautions your trip can be the fun adventure you had in mind.