Putting your pooch in the car for a drive-to vacation? These canine travel supplies can be crucial.
Barriers: They come in all shapes, sizes and types, and prevent your pet from hopping into the front seat in the middle of a multi-lane highway driving session or lunging further out the passenger door during a routine fuel stop.
Bags: In addition to having biodegradable ones on hand to properly grab and package the goods at pet waste disposal stations, carrying a supply of bags solves other issues. Soft, resealable bags, whether plastic or fabric, provide organization for smaller pet travel items and flex to fit available spaces in larger canine luggage such as saddlebags or grab-and-go daypacks. Rather than pack rigidly-shaped containers, my husband and I use zippered pencil pouches, sandwich bags and even recycled cosmetic pouches to hold supplies such as paw salve, medication and fur brushes when we road trip with our Lab.
Distractions: A ready supply of low-calorie treats redirects doggie attention away from things that could cause a curiosity catastrophe.
Tug toy and ball-tossing sessions at highway tourist areas will leave Rover resting instead of rambunctious on the next segment of your family road trip. When the wiggles get the better of him in the back seat, having a new squeaky toy to toss into the mix will keep him occupied until you take your next driving break.
Patience: It’s one of the first things pet parents forget to pack when traveling with dogs. Remember, you already know how much longer you have to ride in the car. Fido doesn’t. A few extra minutes of play time at the rest area won’t kill you. Plan ahead, and schedule relaxation sessions into your travel itinerary.