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Taking a long road trip with your dog

By Edited Jun 17, 2015 4 6

Tips for traveling with your dog

Are you hankering for a good old-fashioned road trip but feel held back by Fido?  Don't fret packing up the pooch and hitting the open road isn't as difficult as you might think.  We have done the trip from Toronto, Ontario to Sarasota, Florida with our Portuguese waterdog...Twice.  The second time we did it with our 3 month old baby, now that was a leap of faith and it turned out great!

The first step is making a comfortable space for your furry family member to be comfortable for long stretches, speaking of stretches there should be enough space for your pup to do a downward dog stretch and turn a circle or two.  The best money you can spend for a trip with a dog is a seat protector to save your seats from spills, leaks and discarded fur.  We chose and would highly recommend the Kurgo Wanderer Hammock (see below for link) and it worked out so well we bought another for our second car. 

What makes the Hammock stand out is it goes from the headrests of the front seat to the headrests of the rear seats giving you dog additional space to relax.  Extra space for your dog while providing a significant amount of storage space behind the rear seats that your pup can't get to, great for storing a cooler with snacks for the humans in the car.

Taking a long road trip with your Dog when you travel

Here is a picture of our Portuguese Water Dog sitting in her hammock feeling like part of the family.  Note the cooler and child seat, there is velcro sealed openings that let the car seat anchors pass through.

 

The other key things to bring along are:

Food (we use a plastic cereal container)

Water (bring a bowl)

A dog bed or blankets

A couple of favorite toys

Instead of rawhide bring an antler to chew to keep down gooey mess

A leash

Poop bags

Towels incase they need to take a break and it's raining/snowing

If you have a high energy dog like we do finding some dog parks along the route is a smart move.  We plan an hour stop per day for her to get out for a run and meet some new friends, it's a nice break and the fresh air helps recharge the batteries for driving.

If you're staying over night there are several hotel chains that allow dogs but be careful some charge an additional fee.  Check online policies or better yet call ahead.  We had great luck at Drury Hotels along the I75.

Please comment and share your tips for travelling with your dog.

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Comments

Jan 15, 2013 7:18pm
eileen
The hammock for the dog looks like a great idea. Traveling with a dog is so easy these days. To me the most important thing is to always have water in the car for them to drink when they want it. It gets very hot in the car and like us dogs need water. We have a dish of water permanently in the car behind our seat so he can get easy access to it. Although you do not want to fill it as will splash out on very bumpy roads.

We have driven right around Australia and have crossed the nullabor heaps of times and have had no trouble with travelling with the dog. You also need to stop and let them do their doggy doos. More and more caravan parks are starting to realize that they are losing money by refusing to allow dogs in their parks as more people are traveling with dogs. Rated up
Jan 15, 2013 7:31pm
LaidBackDad
Our dog Zucca (in the picture) is funny with water on trips. She would rather play with it than drink it so we don't leave it there but offer it whenever we stop (which she only takes every other time). She is a Portuguese Water Dog so she can't fight the urge to play with water any chance she gets, she will lye down in a small pot hole filled with water give the opportunity.

Our car has A/C so overheating while driving isn't usually a problem.
Jan 15, 2013 7:32pm
LaidBackDad
Oh and yes the hammock is the best money we have spent when it comes to dog accessories, we have one for each car.
Jan 16, 2013 5:03am
southerngirl09
Great read! Beautiful dog, and excellent tips. Thumbs Up!
Jan 16, 2013 6:24am
javrsmith
I can see that the Kurgo Wanderer Hammock would be a great thing to have on board when you're taking a long road trip with your dog.
Jan 21, 2013 2:49am
LaidBackDad
Thanks for the compliment on our dog, I'm sure she appreciates it. Yes the Kurgo Wanderer Hammock is great, it makes cleanup after the trip take seconds instead of potentially hours.
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