Weekend’s coming up and you can hardly wait! You can’t wait to throw off the shackles of responsibilities and finally have some time to yourself. After all, these past few weeks haven’t exactly been forgiving in terms of the workload and work pressure.
So, with the weekend just around the corner, you decide to plan a mini-vacation in the form of a road trip. A road trip where you can let the cool, summer breeze whip through your hair. A trip where you and your four-legged friend can finally get the time to bond. For you’re aware that you haven’t been able to make time for your furry, munchkin for quite some time.
But before you and your dog get ready to cruise across cities in your Ford Fiesta, here are some tips to make the most of your road trip with your four-legged friend!
Pack the Essentials
You love your dog to the moon and back. You love the way his white fur shines like silk in the morning sunlight. Your heart swells with joy when he lets little kids pet him on the head. You can’t help but feel like a proud parent, when he easily picks up the new trick that you just taught him. So, it’s only understandable if you want your dog to share a bag with you too. But no matter how tempting, pack separate bags for yourself and your dog. As, it’ll make it easier for you to get out the stuff when you’re on the road.
Similarly, you should also make a list of the items that your dog will need over the course of the trip. And, make sure to pack all the items in your dog’s travel bag. This includes items, such as food, water, food and water bowls, blanket, medication, poop bags, treats and toys. While it’s a good thing to pack all the things that your dog might need on the trip, it’s wise not to over pack. For instance, one way you can travel light is by only taking food that will last for the duration of the trip, instead of lugging along the entire food packet.
Buy Those Restraints
If you’re going on a road trip with your dog, make sure to buy a dog seatbelt before you actually head out. This is because letting your dog roam the vehicle can put your canine friend’s safety at risk. However, if you don’t have the time to go out and buy a seat belt, you can always make use of the kennel.
The kennel will help keep your dog restrained and properly protected in the event of any collisions. If you’re worried about your canine friend getting bored in the kennel, make sure to pack some toys. It’ll help keep him entertained over the course of the journey.
Go On a Practice Road Trip
If this is your dog’s first road trip, it might be a good idea to go on a practice road trip beforehand. This will help your dog get used to being in the car for longer period of time. Moreover, it’ll also give you an idea of how your canine friend reacts to being in the car for hours.
So, before you head out on the actual road trip, take your pet on a two-hour practice road trip. If your dog doesn’t show signs of anxiety, nervousness and restlessness, then good news! You can now actually cruise around the town with no worries. On the other hand, if your dog doesn’t take too well to travelling in a car, you might want to reconsider taking him along on the road trip. After all your pet’s health and safety comes first!
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