Traveling with your dog can be a stressful experience, so we’ve asked 15 of our favorite dog experts to share their #1 tip to make it easier and more enjoyable! Find out what they are below.
1. Jenna Drady – http://www.ownedbyahusky.ca/
My #1 tip for traveling with dogs is – EXERCISE!
Exercising your dog before traveling – and during – can make a huge difference in your trip. Take your dog for a walk (or run if possible)v at every “pit stop” and/or break that you take on the road.
2. Amy Burkert – http://www.gopetfriendlyblog.com/author/aburkert/
Our #1 tip is to be conservative when deciding how far to drive each day, so you’ll have time to stop and sniff the roses! There are so many fun places to go and things to do with our pets - slow down and enjoy your time together. Remember, you’re creating memories that you’ll cherish forever.
3. Dorothy Wills-Raftery – http://FiveSibes.blogspot.com
With having five Siberian Huskies, my #1 tip for traveling with any size dog, whether one or more, is to always have them safely restrained in the vehicle. Never leave a dog loose in a car as it can be a dangerous distraction to the driver, thereby causing an accident.
Or, if the car is involved in an accident or stops short, the dog can get hurt or even escape from the vehicle and become lost, injured, or worse. Whether someone is going on a long car ride or a quick trip around the corner, a crate, dog car seat, or reliable safety seat belt or safety car harness are all excellent options to choose from in order to safely travel with a dog. It’s also a good idea to have the dog’s up-to-date identification information not only on their microchip and collar tags, but printed up and kept in a clear case or envelope marked “Dog Info” in the vehicle’s glove box. Include information such as the dog’s name, breed, coloring, any specific markings or attributes, home address, emergency contact numbers (include a second number in addition to the driver’s), vet telephone number, microchip number, if on any medications or has special needs, and a photo.
In an emergency situation, this information may assist the authorities in locating help for the dog if the driver is unable to speak, or if the dog should escape the car after an accident, having a photo and information readily available to give to authorities, area vets, the media, shelters, and rescues may just help to locate the missing or insured dog. Every time someone goes for a drive with their dog, they should buckle up for safety, and always remember to safely restrain their furry best friend, too.
4. Roger Morgan – http://www.pawtree.com
A nice long run or walk before you leave. And to have plenty of pawTreats on hand!
5. Doggy Dan – http://theonlinedogtrainer.com
Probably one of the big ones is to take dog for a really good walk before you travel. And it obviously depends if you’re flying with them or traveling in the car. But if you’re traveling in the car, take them for a really good walk. It can make the difference between them running around all excited, wanting to get out of the car and causing havoc to them being relaxed in the back of the car.
Another tip is, some dogs actually do travel much better if they’re in a crate in the car. It just restricts them. It’s very easy to think it’s like a prison cell but it’s not to many dogs. They kind of relax and you put their cuddly toys in there with them.
6. Kyra Sundance – http://www.domorewithyourdog.com
I take a stack of paper bowls to use for their food and water, so I don’t have to worry about washing them. Just use once and toss!
7. Kathleen Prasad – http://www.itsaheartfullife.com
Traveling gets hectic – try to make time to stop and be with your dog – sitting for a few minutes, just being present in the moment with him, will give him tremendous confidence in the journey, wherever it leads
8. Amanda Yantos – http://www.dogmomdays.com
My #1 tip for making traveling with dogs easier is to give them lots of potty breaks! When I take my dogs on road trips, we stop every two hours. The stops allow my dogs to stretch their legs and do their business. If you’re flying on an airplane, be sure to take your dog to potty almost immediately before boarding and after landing. Being aware of your dog’s potty routine can help avoid accidents, discomfort and stress.
9. Serena Faber Nelson – http://prettyfluffy.com/
A collapsible water bowl is a must for any travel. This ensures no matter what you encounter – such as delays or bad weather – your dog always has fresh water to drink.
10. Tonya Wilhelm – Raising Your Pets Naturally – www.raisingyourpetsnaturally.
Traveling with your dog is a wonderful experience. We love to spend quality time with our canine companions and increase our bond and connection with them. However, not everyone feels the same way about your dog. Being a polite and courteous dog parent is crucial if we want our dogs to be welcomed, guests. Keep your dog on a leash at all times when in a public location, and do not allow your dog to sniff a person or another dog without asking permission first. Keep your dog at least 5′ away from other people and dogs. You want your dog to be as unobtrusive as possible. Quiet and polite manners rule in vacationing with your dog.
11. Lori Verni-Fogarsi – www.FreeDogTrainingInfo.com
My #1 tip to make traveling with your dog easier is, make sure your dog already knows the “car rules.” Things like staying in the back seat, not jumping around or trying to climb out of windows, not barking excessively at things you go past, and perhaps most importantly, to know to “stay,” and not come bolting out the car door as soon as you open it. Traveling with your dog can be fun, but it’s even more fun if you don’t have to worry about him running off, or making a long road trip feel even longer!
Hope you like my tip! (Tons more short articles and tips at www.FreeDogTrainingInfo.com)
12. Jeanne Melanson – http://www.animalbliss.com/
When I travel with my dog, the first thing I want to put in the car is a water bowl for my dog. Whether I bring my own source of water, or stop along the way, having the bowl just makes it easier to keep her hydrated during the trip. (I also keep her leash handy for those necessary pee-stops.)
13. Tyler Muto – http://connectwithyourk9.com/
In general, I believe that the more training a dog has had, the easier they are to travel with. More specifically there are 2-3 things I would focus on:
Leash walking: If you are traveling, it is inevitable that you are going to have to walk your dog around on leash in new places. Your experience will be greatly improved if you take the time, before traveling, to ensure your dog can walk politely on a loose leash by your side. Not only will this make walking more pleasant (and prevent your arm/shoulder from getting tired), but it will also make it much easier to navigate hotel hallways, crowded streets etc.
A “place” command: Place ultimately means to go to an object and stay there, usually using a dog bed or something similar as a target. In cramped spaces such as hotel rooms, tents, campsites etc. it is immensely valuable to be able to have your dog stay off to the side and not underfoot. This also makes it easy to spend a relaxing day at the beach, or around a campfire, by laying down a blanket or bed next to you that your dog will stay on rather than trying to hold them back while they are constantly trying to walk off, sniff, chase etc. A dog that can settle down easily and stay in one place is a very easy dog to have around.
Down-stay: This is similar to the place command, except it is used when it is not convenient to have a bed or mat present. Imagine wanting to sit with your dog at an outdoor patio of a coffee shop and having your dog laying calmly at your side instead of getting their leash tangled around the table legs. No one wants to be restraining a rowdy dog while trying to sip a hot coffee (or in my case chai tea).
The great thing is that will a little preparation, along with patience and consistency, all these behaviors can be taught easily to any dog. A little obedience training can prevent a lot of headaches during travel.
14. Sara B. Hansen – http://www.dogsbestlife.com/
Dogs are creatures of habit and often don’t like change. That’s often especially true when it comes to their tummies, so be sure to bring along their food and a bottle of your tap water (if that’s what they usually drink) to avoid potential upset. It’s also a good idea to bring along favorite toys and blankets. Just like a toddler who won’t sleep without a pacifier, your pooch may have a hard time settling down without their best bed-time buddies.
15. Jennifer Shryock – http://familypaws.com/
Routine and comforts of home. Create a strong cer to something like a mat or dog bed that will be going on all trips. The nice association and familiarity will be helpful for those stays in hotels or anywhere else.