If you have ever tried to take a road trip with a pet, you know there are many challenges that may arise. We hope that this blog post will help you feel prepared for any pet travel and show you what to expect.
Destination: Firstly, let’s talk about the destination. I found this wonderful website that allows you to plan out the entire road trip while accommodating your pet. On this particular site, you simply put in a starting and ending address and the website will generate different pet-friendly places to stay or activities to do along your route. This can save a lot of time searching for a place to let your animal out to use the bathroom and run around. It also shows pet-friendly hotels along the way.
Barking: Now on to the barking. If you have a dog who just won’t stop barking in the car, this section is for you. There are various reasons for dogs to bark in the car, but the biggest contributors are excitement and nerves. There are so many things to see out of a car window and to some dogs this can be really daunting and scary while other dogs are giddy at the thought of exploring new places. In order to decrease these overwhelming emotions, it can be helpful to use a well-secured soft crate. You will need to make sure your pet is crate trained before the trip so there aren’t too many new factors being introduced at once. It can also help to give your pet some kind of toy or treat that will take them a long time to consume. This will help keep your pet’s mind off the road and on something fun right in front of their face.If your dog really isn’t a fan of soft crates, window shades can be an easier solution, but make sure that your pet is wearing a pet seatbelt for safety. The goal here is really to keep your dog’s attention inside the car.
A nice foundational tip in preparing your dog for the car is to never reward barking. By using the resources mentioned above, you can plan out your route and a schedule, so stick to it. Do not let your pet dictate the trip. Don’t yell at your dog to stop barking because this can be rewarding in a way. Some dogs are just seeking attention when they bark, so when you yell at them, they are being rewarded for bad behavior. If you pull over and let your dog out of the car for a minute, this is definitely a reward for barking. You know how frequently your pet uses the bathroom, so you can work this into your schedule so that you know your pet’s needs are being met and you won’t be tricked into letting your pet out of the car unnecessarily. If you don’t use this tip, your dog will learn to associate barking with reward and the cycle will never end. It will take a lot of patience and maybe some earplugs, but it is best to be aware of how you respond to barking.
Games: When you make those planned stops, this is a great time to let your pet release some energy. Bring along a frisbee or a tug toy that will allow your dog to run around. While you’re in the car, a chew toy or something that can entertain your pet for the long term is a great idea. We encourage you to take advantage of rest stops with lots of green space and really wear your pet out!
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