Planning a Dog Friendly Road Trip

Pulling off a stress-free, dog friendly road trip can go smoothly with the proper planning and preparation. It is well worth the extra effort in the end for an easy-breezy trip to prep before you set off. It’s also worth it to have the company of your best friend by your side.

Plan your trip well. Reserve pet friendly accommodations that are a realistic distance from each stop. Don’t try to cover too many miles in one day. Also, keep in mind some hotels may have limitations on their “pet friendliness,” so be sure to ask questions about breed and weight restrictions and whether there are additional fees for dogs. You may need to make more frequent stops with your dog along for the ride. Take the opportunity to see the cities and towns you pass through along the way. There are many dog friendly restaurants and other attractions throughout the country that you can explore. After all, isn’t getting there half the fun?  Check out GoPetFriendly for fun ideas on things to do in, around and on the way to your destinations.

Before you set off, be sure your dog is caught up on all their vaccinations and make sure to take proof of those with you on your trip. If you need a shot or two, while at the vet ask about remedies for car sickness and uneasiness. If your dog isn’t microchipped, you may consider getting this done before you set off. Should your dog get separated from you, a microchipped pet has a better chance of being reunited with its owner.

The trip is all planned and vaccinations are current. It’s time to get the car ready. Your dog should be secured in a rear seat in either a crate or a harness while the car is in motion. This is safer for the dog and prevents distraction for the driver. Be sure to deactivate the airbag for the seat the dog will be in. If they are not already, familiarize your dog to the crate or harness before the road trip. Spend small amounts of time wearing the harness or being in the crate and then work up to going for short rides in the restraint and then longer ones. Getting your dog used to riding will make the trip more enjoyable for both of you.

Of course, don’t forget to pack all the items your dog will need while you’re away from home. Here’s a list to help you pack.

Dog Friendly Road Trip Packing List:

  • Food and treats; if necessary, a can opener for wet food
  • Medications, vitamins and supplements
  • Drinking water
  • Food and water dishes
  • Dog bed and some toys
  • ID tag and collar
  • Leash
  • Waste bags
  • Paper towels/wet wipes
  • Old towel(s)
  • First aid kit
  • Proof of vaccinations
  • Medical records
  • Photo of your pet

As always, when going anywhere with your dog be considerate of others. Put a good face forward for dog owners everywhere. Clean up after your pet, keep them on a leash and be safe. Some days may not go as planned. The best solution for these situations is to adjust. Pets, like children, bring a certain amount of unpredictability to our lives. As pet owners, we love them for it and have learned to adapt. Keep these things in mind while preparing for your dog friendly road trip this year and you and the pooch will have a great time! PlexiDor Dog Doors wishes everyone safe travels while out enjoying the open road and encourages everyone to crate or harness your dogs in the car for safety’s sake. Happy travels!