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 16, 2021 | 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.
December 2, 2020 | DogGeek
It’s getting cool outside. The leaves are turning and starting to fall. You know what that means… Camping and bonfires! Here’s some tips for camping with your best friend.
August 22, 2020 | DogGeek
- Bring pleanty of dog food. People food at home is bad enough for your dog. People food while camping tends to even be worse. Remember to bring their water and food bowls so that they have something to eat out of.
- Don’t let them wander. Always keep an eye on your dog. There are poisonous plants, wildlife that can hurt your dog and more. Make sure your dog’s tags are up-to-date and readable just in case.
- Watch out for other animals. SQUIRREL! You know your dog will be curious so you need to watch out for snakes and other wildlife.
- Have fun!
If you want to get your dog all excited and wagging its tail, just jingle your car keys and ask “Do you wanna go for a ride?!” It (almost) never fails.
Like many pooches, your pup adores riding in the car with you. Whether you’re heading out on a road trip or merely running some errands in town, you also love having your four-legged bestie along for the adventure.
Check out the following tips to keep your best pal as safe as possible on the open road.
1. Invest in a Doggy Restraint System
Much like you prioritize wearing a seatbelt — hopefully for your kids, too — you also want to make sure Fido is safely restrained before putting your car in reverse. Indeed, don’t let your dog go unharnessed and suffer an injury.
According to PetMD, when you get in an accident with an unrestrained dog, they can incur broken bones, punctured lungs and other serious injuries. To prevent this altogether, purchase a restraint of some kind to keep your dog safe and secure. You can find canine seatbelts at any local or online pet store.
For example, the website for Doctors Foster and Smith carries vehicle safety harnesses in a number of sizes for about $25 each. So if you’re heading out on a long trip with your dog, you might want to test drive the harness first, allowing you to practice safely strapping your dog in as they get used to the idea of wearing it.
2. Keep Your Car in Tip-Top Shape
Getting a flat tire on your way to Starbucks with your pup for a latte and “puppaccino” is stressful enough; having car trouble in the middle of nowhere is even worse. To prevent this from happening, follow your car’s regular maintenance schedule by getting regular oil changes and tune-ups. Also, keep a close eye on your tires to ensure they’re in good, working condition.
To evaluate your tires for baldness, use a penny or a quarter to determine each tire’s remaining tread depth. Simply insert a penny into the tire treads on all four tires, with Honest Abe’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tires are at 2/32nds of an inch or less of tread and should be replaced immediately.
3. Don’t Let Fido Stick His Head Out the Window
We’ve all seen it: Carefree, happy-looking dogs sticking their heads out of the car window. Despite the joys it may bring Fido, it’s definitely not a safe activity. Of course, road debris and any number of other things can fly up and hit your dog in the face, and if they spot a small animal (squirrel!), they may very well try to jump out, leading to serious injuries or death.
Have Fun, and be Sure to Send a Postcard
Despite these and other safety warnings, it’s definitely fine to bring your pooch with you on driving trips. But by incorporating these tips into your routine, your time together running errands and going on vacation will not only be fun, but it will also be safe for your beautiful dog.
June 25, 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.
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
Just as parents struggle to leave their kids to go to work, separation anxiety can abound when dog lovers have to be apart from their dogs. You worry about them getting enough food and water, if they’ll be comfortable, whether or not they’re bored and if they get lonely. The good news is that there are many options for you to take great care of your favorite canines while you’re away.
Providing Food and Water
If you’re going to be away from your pets for any significant amount of time, it’s essential you find a way to provide them with enough water and food. The situation becomes a little more complex if your pet requires regular medication, too.
The best solution to these issues is to use a smart pet feeder, like the Feed and Go Smart Pet Feeder with Webcam & Wi-Fi. If you have an iPhone 6 Plus, you can easily set it up to work with the device. Fill the container with food or treats, and control it from a distance. Many new tech systems like this also include capabilities to dispense water or medication as needed. This gadget will keep your dogs in good health while giving you great peace of mind.
Dogs are active creatures and tend to flourish with physical activity and stimulation. If you’re gone all day and your dogs don’t have the opportunity to romp and play, it can negatively impact their state of mind.
One premier solution for keeping boredom at bay is CleverPet. Using custom light, touch and sound puzzles, CleverPet encourages your dogs to engage and exercise their minds.
Another idea is to find a puzzle toy that you can hide some treats in. Your dogs have to use their teeth, paws and nose to get to the reward. While it’s not the same as taking them for a run, at least they’ll be flexing their mental muscles and using some coordination at the same time.
Making up for Loneliness
Many dogs resort to barking or crying when their owners are away because of the isolation. Some people suggest turning your TV on when you leave so your pet can hear some human interaction. An even better idea is to give your pups a way to see or hear you while you’re gone. Leave a video of you saying hi and talking to your dog on your laptop, and set it to play at a predetermined time (make sure it’s not set to sleep). Or, if you have an old-school voicemail machine, call and leave a message for your dogs so they can hear your voice.
If you can’t take advantage of technology in these ways, ask a friend or neighbor to stop in once a day for a quick hello or a short walk. A little interaction can go a long way in making your pet feel secure and loved.
June 14, 2016 | DogGeek