A DogGeek.com exclusive by Teresa Barker
The sun is finally out, birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and the open road is calling. Although it may sound fun to hop in the car with your dog, open up all the windows and just drive, you won’t get far before you wish you’d packed him a bag, first.
Packing for a road trip with a dog can be fast and easy, and will help keep your pooch safe and comfortable on the drive. Here’s a few things to grab on your way out the door for a day of fun on the road, or to keep in a bag near the door for those spontaneous road-tripping urges!
Before you leave:
- Make sure that your dog is wearing ID tags and his collar (make sure that it has your cell phone number and not just your home address)
- Take the time to potty in your own yard before leaving (there might not be a good location right away, which is always when my dogs like to go)
- Check the weather forecast to be prepared for unexpected weather changes
What to Pack:
- Water dish and water (you don’t know the water quality in some areas, and a picky dog might refuse some)
- Tupperware container with food (that can be used as a feeding bowl, once the lid is removed) and snacks
- Harness or Seatbelt, for the safety of both of you
- Towels or a blanket for the seat (which can get hot in the sun)
- Extra towels/rags (for spills, wet/muddy paws, or accidents)
- Poop bags (always bring more than you think you’ll need!)
- Toys or a chew stick
- Canine first-aid kit
- Make sure that your dog is in good health and up for the excursion, including being current on vaccinations
- Spring means bugs! Remember to have flea/tick and heartworm protection for him
- Stop every 2 hours for a potty break and to stretch
- Don’t leave your dog in a parked car while you go inside for lunch. Pack your own snacks and enjoy a picnic together outdoors in the shade together.
A few minutes of packing, before you leave, can save you hours of frustration on the road. Most importantly, it will ensure that your pooch is safe and comfortable and will enjoy the ride, along with with you!
April 2, 2018 | DogGeek
According to American Pet Products, 37 percent of pet owners take their animals with them on vacation, a 19 percent increase from about 10 years ago. Now, most dog owners probably don’t need social proof to book their next vacation with their best four-legged friend. So the question isn’t whether to pack up and go, but rather where to go with your dog.
Fortunately, the world is getting more dog-friendly and embracing our favorite furry travel companions. From hotels that welcome man’s best friend to destinations with dog parks and bakeries, there are plenty of places from which to choose. Here are six places your dog will love.
Alaska is a paradise for dogs and their nature-loving owners. Pack up the car and head to Anchorage, Alaska, for year-round skiing, hiking and exploration. Make your first stop Fairbanks Park and look for special dog day festivals. According to Gray Line Alaska, the Anchorage area features six dog parks and off-leash areas where your pup can roam.
However, a road trip to Alaska requires a little planning. Make sure you have plenty of extra snacks and supplies in case you’re on the trails longer than expected. And don’t underestimate Alaska terrain. Keep extra gas, water, sleeping bags and blankets in your trunk in case you get stuck and need to spend the night in the great outdoors.
Additionally, consider upgrading your tires to all-terrain quality treads to keep you safe on the road through a provider like TireBuyer.com.
Featuring rugged terrain hiking, dramatic landscapes and natural waterfalls, Evergreen is a dog lover’s paradise. Let Fido stretch his legs and run at the 107-acre Elk Meadow Open Space Bark Park. Or, head over to Mount Evergreen Loop for a five-mile round trip summit hike to Evergreen Mountain that’s designed for relative ease and leisurely beauty.
There are also plenty of nature-inspired, dog-friendly places to stay in the Evergreen area. Spend the night snuggled up next to your pooch and alongside nature at Evergreens Log Cabin and Wilderness Lodging. Fully furnished rooms are just 15 minutes from downtown Evergreen and showcase Colorado’s vast beauty.
Santa Barbara, California
Head to warmer weather in Santa Barbara, where dogs are welcome companions. Dog beaches are plentiful, allowing man’s best friend to play and splash at places like Arroyo Burro Beach Park and Summerland Beach. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day burrowing in the sand and meeting new furry friends.
Plus, there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels from which to choose. Surrounded in lush landscape, Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort features private balconies or patios and special dog-friendly meals. There’s even a dog park nearby, where man’s best friend can run free during a game of Frisbee.
The Southern shores are calling you and your pooch to visit Savannah, Georgia. Spend some time strolling Savannah’s historic district and cobblestone streets before heading to the 30-acre Forsyth Park for some leashed play.
The Savannah Riverfront is a perfect place for people watching and sitting outside at a waterside restaurant watching the barges go by. And for some special fun, head over to the A.T. Hun Art Gallery where dogs are welcome.
Finally, the Kimpton Hotels love their furry guests, and The Brice in Savannah is no exception. Two pets of all sizes are welcome to stay with their owners without an additional fee. Hotel staff even throw in a gift to welcome your dog to Savannah.
April 27, 2017 | DogGeek
So, you’re planning a road trip with your significant other or a group of friends and you want to bring your dog along? Before you hit the road, here are a few things you should keep in mind as you travel with your dog.
Health and Safety First
Dog sitting in a car trunk and waiting for traveling
Prior to taking your dog on the road with you, make sure he’s ready for the trip. This means making sure he is in good health, is up to date with vaccinations and doesn’t have any serious impediments to traveling. For example, if he’s just been neutered, think twice before bringing him on a road trip. He may be sensitive or weak for the next few days, and having an unwell dog on a trip can make things a lot harder than it needs to be.
Keep your dog healthy and happy on the trip by bringing along a supply of his regular food, as well as bottled water you can easily access anytime. Don’t forget to bring a travel-friendly bowl so your dog can eat out of it comfortably. Bringing along food or snacks is important, because if your dog is hungry and you have no food for him, he may whine — and that’s no fun for anyone.
In addition to preparing a supply of food or snacks, exercise your dog before he gets in the car to avoid pent up excitement. If you’re concerned your dog might get motion sickness and throw up, don’t feed him right before the ride. Instead, keep small snacks on hand in case he gets hungry, but keep the feeding to a minimum unless you’re at a pit stop and your dog is able to relieve himself in a safe space.
Crates and ID, Please
Unless your dog is extremely tame and well behaved while riding in cars, using a crate is a great way to travel with him. This will give him a designated space to himself and also free you from any additional distractions on the road. Make sure the crate is large enough for your dog to stand, turn and lie down comfortably. Additionally, bring your dog’s favorite toy or a nice bone so they will have something to occupy them during the long ride.
Based on your dog’s specific temperament, decide for yourself whether using a crate is the best option for you. If you don’t have room in your cart for a big enough crate or if someone can watch over your dog as he roams about freely, a crate may not be necessary. Just remember there are different state-by-state laws pertaining to traveling with pets, so make sure to educate yourself before hitting the open road.
You never know what can happen on the road, so it’s imperative your dog has an identification tag on him at all times. This way, if your dog gets away from you during your trip (heaven forbid), you’ll increase the chances of recovery by making sure he can be properly identified. Make sure your dog has a collar with his name, your name and your phone number.
Again, you can decrease the chances of your dog getting away by properly exercising him before the trip and making frequent stops so your dog can stretch his legs and relieve himself.
If you take the proper precautions, traveling with your dog will be an easy and enjoyable experience. Just be sure to follow the law in the areas in which you’re traveling. Take the necessary steps to keep your dog happy, healthy and comfortable during the trip and enjoy the open road together.
June 8, 2016 | DogGeek
You always want to have your best friend with you at all times but sometimes you just can’t. Whether it’s travel for business or pleasure, have a trusted dog sitter watch over your family helps you relax more. See the tips below to help you find the right dog sitter for your family and find a dog sitter near you here.
March 17, 2016 | DogGeek
How to take your dog on vacation with you. Tips and tricks on what to do.
Thanks to PetSafe for sharing these tips.
March 14, 2016 | DogGeek
Here at DogGeek we love to travel with our pack! As you most likely know, getting ready for a long trip with your best friend takes a little bit of extra planning. You have to think about potty breaks, not just for your dog but for you since you can’t leave them in the car in the heat. Where to eat, water, etc… Below are a list of items for you to remember.
Thank to HerePup for creating the infographic below.
March 9, 2016 | DogGeek