Most of us want to include our dogs in as much of our lives as we can – they are part of the family after all! Car journeys with your dog can be straightforward, but there’s also room for
mishaps. If you’re new to this or haven’t done it much, here are some things to consider.
Does my dog like travelling?
A key question to ask. It’s a good idea to try and get your dog used to car travel from a young age – and not just being taken to the vet, as they’ll most likely associate car travel with something bad! If you’re unsure whether your dog is okay in a car, try it out with a few short trips. Reassure them throughout and take them somewhere they’ll be pleased to arrive.
What’s the best spot for my dog?
Most dogs feel safest travelling in a crate, and you’ll be less distracted knowing they’re safe and confined, too. If your dog hasn’t done this before they’ll need some preparation. Get the crate out in the house before you go away to get them used to it. Stay positive while you try and coax them in (do not force them in, let them do it in their own time) and associate it with nice things, like treats and toys they enjoy. If you prepare your dog and get them used to their crate, it will make it so much easier when it comes to actually starting your journey.
Other options include car grids, harnesses and Skybox booster seats. Each has good and bad points and some may only be suitable for smaller dogs. Do some research and see what you feel suits you and your dog best – you can always try something else if you need to!
Yep, dogs can succumb to this too. It’s thought best to avoid giving your dog food from 3-4 hours before the journey starts. If they need to eat during the journey, feed them when you stop the car for a break and give them time to digest the food.
Some final pointers
- Car windows can be a hazard. If your dog is near a window and can move freely, keep them closed
- Depending on the length of the journey, have regular breaks to let your dog stretch their legs and relieve themselves
- Do not leave your dog in a parked car if it’s warm, here’s why
- Make sure you’re well equipped with water, bandages, stuffed toys – any doggy accessories that might come in handy.
Aside from that, enjoy the special trip you’ll be sharing with your dog. You can go do some fun things in some amazing places, so take full advantage of that!
If there’s ever a time you can’t take your dog away with you, Tailster are on hand to help. Your carer can use the Tailster app to keep you up to date with what your dog’s activities. Fill out a request below and we’ll take care of the rest!