Long Car Trips for Dogs
Going on a car trip? Perhaps a holiday or you even a long day trip? If you’re wanting to take your dog there are a few things to consider before your pooch accompanies you.
Firstly, you need to assess whether your dog is suited to car travel
. Not all dogs like to be in cars. For some it can be confusing and even stressful. Before you go on any long car trips with your dog, do a test run. See if your dog will willingly go in the car. If so, go for a short drive around the block. Your dog should be relaxed. If not, going on a long trip is probably not a good idea. Not until you get your dog used to car travel anyway.
Once in the car, make sure your dog is safe. There are dog harnesses and seats
available and this will help keep your dog secured. You can’t predict traffic or when you may have to stop suddenly. An unsecured pet could sustain injuries in the event of an accident or suddenly stopping. Ensure you have enough space in the car for your dog to be able to change their position and be comfortable.
During your journey, make sure you stop regularly. Allow your dog to get out of the car, stretch their legs, relieve themselves, have water and food if needed. Your dog may try to communicate with you when they need to take a break, but if not, it’s up to you to ensure their wellbeing. Regular stops will keep them happy and safe
during the journey.
Always consider the wellbeing of your dog. While you may like the idea of your pet coming on a trip, is it necessary? If your pet doesn't seem at ease in the car, it's best to avoid taking them. Never put your pet through unnecessary stress.