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3 Ways to Safely Travel With Your Pet This Season

3 Ways to Safely Travel With Your Pet This Season

Fall is just around the corner, and that means cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and every reason in the world to take a road trip with your furry friend! We’ve talked about camping with pets in a few different ways on this blog before. But, when your pet is a part of your family, making sure you understand how to keep them safe in every capacity is important.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at three ways you can safely travel with your pet during these lazy summer days and into the cool, crisp season ahead.

1. Go on a Smaller Trip First

If your dog has never really traveled before (especially in an RV), it’s a good idea to do a test run. Make smaller trips to determine if your dog naturally likes traveling or not. Some do, some don’t.

But, if your dog seems anxious about traveling, don’t worry. By making smaller trips (even just driving through your town) and coming home, you will show them that there’s nothing to worry about. Even for your first overnight trip, try to choose a campground or location a bit closer to home in case you might need to turn back.

2. Wear Them Out First

One of the best things you can do to ensure a happy ride for everyone and reduce the risk of “accidents” is to let your dog run around and play as much as possible before you hit the road. By making sure they get plenty of exercise before a long trip, they will be more comfortable and relaxed, and may even sleep for several hours while you’re driving. Letting them be outside to run around also helps to ensure that they will do their “business” before getting into the car or RV, so there’s less of a chance of an accident happening while you’re on a long stretch of highway.

3. Make Frequent Stops

Even if your dog is sufficiently worn out, don’t try to keep them in the car for more than three hours at a time without stopping. Even if they seem fine, it’s a good way to get them in a routine when you’re on the road so they can understand that it’s safe and comfortable.

Making stops every few hours will allow your dog to stretch their legs, walk around, and do their business so they can remain comfortable. It will also give you the opportunity to stretch, too! If it’s time for your four-legged friend to eat, try to feed them during one of your stops, rather than filling up their bowl with food while you’re driving.

When you’re traveling with your pet, the goal is to make them as safe and comfortable as possible. You can check out some of our other pet posts on how to enjoy your time camping with them. But, keeping them safe on the way to your campsite or final destination is just as important in order to consider the trip a success, and know you can travel with them in the future.

Aug 24th 2020 Stacey Koziel

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