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Submitted by: Frank Rijkers
Preparing Your Dog For Car Trips
For many dog owners, a car trip’s no fun without their beloved pet. Traveling can be stressful though, for owners and the dog if you don’t take the proper preparation before setting out. Most pet owners know that they need to do more than just load their animal in the back of the car and go, but may now know where to start.
For car training your dog-6 tips can help you both to have a great experience on the road.
1. Your dog should either be in a crate or a car harness. This will keep them safe in the car and also away from the driver. Make sure that the crate is large enough for the pet to move. People with large vans often like to put crates in the back of the van where the dog feels safe and secure. However, with a dog-harness made for a car, you can have your pet sitting on the seat as well.
2. Get your dog ready for the trip by taking him on some short drives before the big day. This will help your dog to get used to the movement of the car. Also, dog owners can better prepare for trips if they understand how the dog may react to the car.
3. It’s always a bad idea to feed a dog in a moving car. Feed your pet about 3 hours before setting off in order for him to digest the food before the trip starts. When you need to feed him during the day, stop the car and give the dog enough time to spend some time outside before setting out the food dish.
4. Never leave the dog outside by himself. Dogs are extremely prone to dehydration, and during hot and even warm days, the car can easily turn into a hotbox. Stay with your dog and send someone else inside to run errands or find pet-friendly places to stop along the road.
5. Always be sure to pack a travel kit before heading out. Inside the kit, you should have the dog’s vet records, food for a few days, a bowl, leash, plastic bags for waste, any medication needed for the dog, and some toys that your dog likes. Even on short trips, having this kit together is a good idea and can prevent any pet emergencies that may come up along the way.
6. Don’t let your dog ride with his head outside the window. Any dirt and debris in the air can get stuck in the dog’s eyes. Also, this habit increases the chance of a dog accidentally jumping outside the car if not properly secured. The backseat in a harness or crate is the best place to keep your pooch while traveling.
These six tips are the basics for taking your dog on car trips. Follow this advice to make traveling much easier and more comfortable for both you and the dog. A well-planned car trip is the key to avoiding emergencies and other problems while on the road.
About the Author: Franks primary interest has always been obedience training his dogs. Whether sea or land loving dogs he has had the privilege of being their friend worldwide. This passion is still very close to his heart see
He has recently started training his new mate, a female toy poodle.