So as Zero and I explore the US, we will be traveling in the car…a lot! Luckily, she is pretty used to the car, but we haven’t been on long road trips like we will be. To make sure she is as comfortable and safe as possible I am implementing these tips and tricks I have found. I mean, after all, she’s my heart dog, so I gotta make sure she is 100% all good!
TIP #1: Give them food and water at least one hour before the drive. Apparently dogs can get motion sickness just like people and waiting the hour gives them time to digest everything and let their stomach settle. This shouldn’t be too much of a problem since she eats breakfast pretty darn early in the morning and at night, we should be already settled in at dinner time.
TIP #2: Plan for many stops along the way. Dogs need to get out and take breaks just as much as we do. Along the way, make sure to take frequent stops to let them get out and stretch their legs, run around, and do their business. I plan on not only making special stops just for Zero, but anytime I stop for gas or food, etc, I will be making sure she gets out then as well.
TIP #3 Take toys. Taking some toys is a great way to let them get out some excess energy at rest stops. Tug, ball, frisbee…whatever your dog enjoys make sure to pack it along! Also, giving them something to chew (as long as it doesn’t upset their stomach) is a great way for them to have something to do during the drive. I know for sure I will be taking Zero’s tennis ball because she is addicted to that thing! She also loves bull hooves to chew on so those will make the cut as well!
TIP #4: Make sure they are secure in the vehicle. There are many options for this including crates, harnesses, back seat hammocks…etc. Some people think certain methods are better than others, so do your research and decide what works best for your dog. For Zero, I am opting for this adjustable seat belt leash from Buddy & Riley Co. It’s cool because the one end clips to Zero’s collar or harness and the other inserts into the seat belt receiver. I like it because it provides range of motion while traveling, but in the case of a sudden stop it locks in place to keep pets secure. It’s also really nicely made with a soft band and nice, heavy hardware.
This is a great item to have if you are going on a long road trip, or just around the block. Also, it’s small so it fits nicely in your purse or pocket should you change cars or ride with someone else. Easy and portable!
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I really cannot wait for Zero to get to see (and smell) all the new places we will go. And now that I know even more ways to keep her safe and comfortable in the car while we drive makes me even more excited! Oh, Zero…get ready girl! 🙂
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