Tips For Epic Road Trips With Your Dogs

Keeping a pet dog is always not an easy task. You have to think twice before planning a vacation because you can’t leave your pet alone at home. And then you are only left with two options, either to hire a dog sitter at your home or include your pet on a trip. Taking your dog along to family vacation or a road trip sounds so much fun but, can be tricky too. Before taking your pet for a road trip, you have to do some careful planning, so that you both can enjoy your part. So, here are the tips you should keep in mind before making a trip with your four-legged best friend. I know there are many blogs who gave you good guide like Dogcrunch, iheartdogs, etc.

1.) Pet-Friendly Destination

Before leaving home, search for a dog-friendly location. You can search on various sites available on the internet, which will give you an idea about the pet-friendly location available in the desired area. Also, the route should be suitable for your pet so that your dog gets enough space to play or stretch at the stop areas or in breaks. Along with it, booking a pet-friendly accommodation is also a big task. Not all hotels or restaurants accept pets. You may require to contact the restaurants or hotels about the pet policies before booking your accommodation.

2.) Packing

You make sure that you have packed every necessary thing for yourself before living for a trip. Similarly, it is important to pack every essential item of your pet dog before starting the journey. Make a list of things, which your pet use every day, including its toys. Necessary items are:

  • Eating Bowl
  • Regular food
  • Medications for nausea ( as per prescription)
  • Poop Bags
  • Tags, a collar, and a leash
  • Medical records
  • Grooming supplies and a towel

3.) Visit Vet Before Leaving

A pre-visit to a vet is also necessary. Most of the dogs can get car sick. Ask your vet for pieces of advice before taking it to the trip. Learn how to identify the symptoms of car sickness in your dog. Your vet may prescribe some anti-nausea medications. Ensure that your dog is healthy enough to make a trip and has got all the vaccination done. You may ask the vet for its health record, which might be required during check-in at your hotel or other accommodation.

You Can Also: How To Travel With Pets/Dogs In Indian Railways

4.) Up to Date Dog Tags or Microchips

Whenever you go to a new place, your pet may find difficulty in adapting to a new environment. Also, it is found that most of the pet parent lose their pets while on vacation. So, if you don’t want to lose your pet, make sure that you have an up to date tag attached to your pet. The tag must contain all your latest information, including your hotel’s address. You can also insert a microchip in your pet’s skin, which will help you to track its location. Moreover, it is advised to take a recent photograph of your pet with you in case nothing else works.

5.) Safety Restraints and First Aid Kit

Whenever you take your dog for a road trip, even for a short distance, they keep on moving around the car. It can be the cause of an unwanted accident. So, it is better to restrain your dog in a seat belt or a kennel. It is not only for the safety of your dog but for your safety too. According to Consumer Reports, a 60-pound dog traveling at 35 mph can turn into a 2,700 pound projectile in an accident. Keep one handy first aid kit inside your car all the time.

6.) Frequent Brakes while in Route

Just like you need some break from sitting in a car for an extended time, your dog needs too. So, make sure that your route schedule has breakpoints at regular intervals of time. You should not ignore your pet’s natural call. Stop after every 3-4 hours and allow your pet to eliminate, play, and stretch. It will make your pet feel comfortable and keep him active. Be sure that you stop at the confined area, where there is enough space to let your pet play and stretch.

7.) Pack Some Snacks

No doubt snacks add more fun to our trip. So, while adding some snacks for yourself, don’t forget your little buddy. You can add treat biscuits for your dog or its better to seek advice from your vet about some anti-nausea snacks. Don’t forget its daily routine of having food and water.

8.) Carry Crate

The most important thing that pet parents can do for their dogs is to keep them safe and secure while driving.  A crate is one of the most necessary items that you should not forget at any cost. Make sure that it is well ventilated and crash proof. It will also help to keep your pet from getting into trouble at your accommodation or hotel.

9.) And Toys…… 

Obviously, you want your dog to enjoy the trip and not get bored. By giving it a toy to play with, you can easily prevent excited or bad behavior in the car. You can also add some food puzzle games that will keep your dog engaged and active while on the road. 

Obviously, you want your dog to enjoy the trip and not get bored. By giving it a toy to play with, you can easily prevent excited or bad behavior in the car. You can also add some food puzzle games that will keep your dog engaged and active while on the road. 

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WHY LOSING A DOG CAN BE HARDER THAN LOSING A RELATIVE OR FRIEND

What makes dogs so different from other pets and why losing a dog can be harder than losing a relative or friend? Why can the pain of their death be as hard as the death of loved ones? Science has the answer.

Dogs are an important part of their owner’s daily lives and losing them can be as painful as losing a relative, according to a new scientific report.

When people who have never had a dog see how a loved one cries when losing their beloved pet, they are likely to think that it is an overreaction.

“However, those who love their dog know the truth: their pet is not ‘just a dog,'” says Frank McAndrew, a professor of psychology at Knox College in the United States.

His research has confirmed that for most people, the loss of a dog is, in almost every way, comparable to the loss of a loved one.

“Maybe if people realized how strong and intense the link between people and their dogs is, the pain [that causes their death] would be more widely accepted,” says the scientist, adding that this would greatly help measure to the owners of the dogs to accept the death and move on.

What is special about dogs?

To begin with, dogs have had to adapt to living with humans for the past 10,000 years. And they have done very well: they are the only animals that have evolved specifically to be our companions and friends.

The anthropologist Brian Hare has suggested the “hypothesis of domestication” to explain how the dogs have evolved from their famous ancestor, the gray wolf, to become so ‘sociable’ animals that now that we interact with them from the same way that we relate to people.

Perhaps one of the reasons why our relationships with dogs can become closer and more satisfying than with humans is that these animals provide us with unconditional positive feedback, without criticism.

And this is not casual. Dogs have been selectively bred for generations to pay attention to humans. Using magnetic resonance imaging, scientists have shown that the brains of dogs respond to the praise of their owners as vigorously as they do to food Dogs recognize people and can learn to interpret the emotional states of humans according to their facial expression.

Hence, it is not surprising that human beings respond to such affection, to that disinterested help, to that loyalty. Just observing dogs can make people smile and the welfare of the owners of these animals is on average better than that of people who own cats or no pets.

Also, according to the study, the loss of a dog can also seriously disturb the daily routine of its owner, even more deeply than the loss of most of his friends and relatives. For owners, their daily schedules -even their vacation plans- depend on the needs of their pets.

As a member of the family

The psychologist Julie Axelrod has pointed out that the loss of a dog is very painful because the owners are not only losing the pet. This could also mean the loss of a source of unconditional love, a companion that provides security and comfort.

According to a recent survey, many dog ​​owners in mourning will even misinterpret visions and ambiguous sounds like the movements, pants and moans of the dead pet. This is more likely to happen soon after the pet’s death, especially among owners who had high levels of attachment to their pets.