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Tips on travelling with your dog

Sunday, June 19, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-carYou’re finally on vacation and will be taking your dog with you. This is great but you must remember some important things before you begin your trip.  Once you’re on the road, be aware that pets need breaks just as humans do. Make sure that you stop frequently and provide plenty of fresh water to quench your best friends thirst.  It is very important that you don’t leave your dog in a hot car when you take a break. It’s a good idea to travel in the evening hours if you’re travelling alone with your dog. This way, when you stop, you could turn the car off, crank the window down a bit and feel certain that your dog will be ok in the cooler night air. If you have to travel during the day, try to take someone else along with you. This was you could leave them with your dog while you take a break and vice versa. Stop in an area where you could take your dog for a walk to stretch his legs. It’s a good idea to have an air conditioned vehicle when travelling with your pet to keep him cool and comfortable.

Dogs generally travel well in the rear section of a station wagon or a 4 wheel drive as long as they could see outside. Safety harnesses are a good idea and are available at most pet stores, however, these are not legally required.  If you keep your dog in a dog crate during the trip, make sure that it’s very well ventilated and that he has room to stand and turn around.

Plan well for your pet before your trip and both of you will have a great time!

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