5 Travel Tips While on the Road with Your Dog

Traveling with your pet can be very fun and exciting, but it is important to be aware of some of the restrictions that you may encounter along the way. 

Follow these 5 tips to make your next adventure successful.

1. Make sure your pet does not get car sick.

There is a difference between traveling around town and driving 8 hours. Work them up to extended periods in the car. There are soothing tapes, homeopathic sedatives, and toys that will help with this task.

2. Do your research before hitting the road.

Many hotels do not allow pets. Most of the large chains do, but if you are traveling to a remote area--call ahead to make sure you will have somewhere to stay when you arrive. There is usually a small fee that is added on to the room rate for your pet.

3. Traveling with your pet has its benefits.

You are never lonely while on the road with your dog. However, you will be limited as to what you can do. Many stores and restaurants will not allow pets. Depending on what time of the year you are traveling, leaving your pet in the car may not be an option. Taking a crate with you may help if you want to leave Fido in your hotel room--unless they get separation anxiety and start barking non-stop! That may present a problem!

4. National Parks and most State parks do not allow pets on the trails. 

Again, if you are planning on traveling to these areas do your research. If you are planning on doing any hiking you may want to make other arrangements for your furry friend. You may want to check with the local towns to see if there are any boarding facilities so that Fido will be safe.

5. Take all of your dogs medication, food, a few toys and records with you. 

Traveling is stressful enough on a dog, this is not a good time to change their food. Hopefully nothing happens while on the vacation, but having their medical records with you can prevent any delays in case a trip to the emergency room is on your scenic route!

You can have a GREAT time with Fido as your traveling companion! Just know the "rules" of the area before you go!  

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