9 Tips to Make Travelling with Dogs Easy and Stress Free

Summer is in full swing, which, means it’s time to take that weekend trip to the lake or fun-filled vacation you’ve been dreaming about all winter. In your head, your vacation is an easy-breezy, blissful experience in the sunshine. In practice, it can be a bit tougher than that, especially if you’re travelling with your Pup. Hello reality.

Whether you’re taking a road trip or jet setting off to a far away destination, these 11 travel tips will make adventuring with your Pup a breeze and a half!

1. Exercise them before you go

Take them for a long walk or play fetch in the field before you leave – an exercised pup is a tired one, and that works wonders once you’ve started your journey. They’ll be more relaxed and less anxious, which’ll help you focus on driving or navigating the airport terminal.

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2. Seatbelt or Strap them In

Safety first! According to Consumer Reports, a 60-lb dog traveling at 35 mph can turn into a 2,700 pound projectile in an accident. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially if you’re travelling far distances or at high speeds on the highway. Our go-to restraint for car rides is the Sleepypod Clickit Utility Harness – it fits like a regular harness and keeps our 20 lb Pug safe every time we’re in the car. The only downside is that it is a bit restrictive – he can choose to sit or lie down in the car, but he if he twists around in circles (#puglogic) we sometimes need to help him get untangled.

3. Hydrate with the Good Stuff – H20

Keep your Pup hydrated – especially when travelling in the summer. The stress and the heat can make them dehydrated, so make sure to pack a water bottle for yourself and your dog. We think this water bottle for dogs is both trendy and functional! Or, you can get a foldable water bowl that clips on to your backpack so you don’t have to think twice about it.

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4. Toys!

Keep your Pup entertained during your travels. Toys like Kongs, treat balls or dog puzzles are great options to keep your Pup’s mind stimulated and busy. It’ll also tire them out, which will make for nice long naps (yes!).

5. Emergency Essentials

It’s always better to be prepared – pack an emergency first-aid kit for your pet, just in case they get hurt. Bring all your Pup’s medical records and vaccinations (or have them saved on your computer) in case you need to access them. Do your research beforehand, and find a few veterinarians in the city you’re travelling to.

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Not sure where to start or what to buy? Get your FREE Pet Emergency Kit Checklist here.

6. Calming Aid

Traveling to a new place can be exciting for your Pup, but can also be stressful. If they’re prone to getting nervous in new situations, consider getting them a Thundershirt or anti-anxiety vest. It will help them to stay calm if you sense their anxiety levels rising.

Alternatively, you can get a calming aid – this one is all natural and made of hemp oil.

7. Poop Bags & Pee Pads

You can’t go wrong with Poop Bags and Pee Pads. Make sure you bring enough for the duration of your trip. For 2 cents a bag you really can’t beat getting 900 poop bags for $14.99, and they come with a plastic holder! Even though you probably won’t need all 900, it’s always better to be be prepared. Trust us on this one.

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8. Security Blanket or Comforts from Home

Similarly to kids, dogs also feel better when they bring things that remind them of home. Whether it is a favorite toy, blanket, or your unwashed T-shirt, it’ll bring comfort and familiarity to your Pup when you’re miles from home. Even a few of his go-to toys will calm his nerves and help him relax while you’re on your travels.

9. Take Breaks! Plan for frequent stops along the route if possible

Seek out safe rest stops with lots of grass so your Pup can take a break, stretch their legs, and drink some water. It’ll help break up the trip and allow them time to take a washroom break every now and then. Plus, they’ll get to see and smell new territory along the way.

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There you have it! Have you tried any of these travelling hacks, or have others to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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