You don’t need a long checklist to prepare for a quick trip with your dog in the car to the drive-thru ATM. But if you’re taking your dog in the car with you on a long road trip, you should take steps in advance to make the trip safe and comfortable for everyone. Here’s what to do before you hit the road and during car travel with your dog.
From my point of view, snuggling up together for a nap is one of the great joys in life. My owner Penelope seems to think so, too, and as does about 50% of the pet-owning population in this country, all of whom sleep in the same bedroom (and possibly bed) as their pets. But there are certainly pros and cons to allowing your dog to sleep in bed with you.
I do NOT like to travel in cars. I’m one of those dogs who cannot settle down. I stand in the backseat the whole time, queasy and uncomfortable, asking my family “Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”
Recently my friend Moxie the Maltese gave some great general tips about car travel with your dog. She even suggested some quick fixes for dogs who suffer from anxiety and carsickness.
These tips are fantastic but I wanted to add more, since there’s even more you can do to ease your dog’s fear or motion sickness and make them happy in the car!