How to Have a Safe and Fun Road Trip with Your Dog
Are you and your dog ready to vacation this Memorial Day? Whether you are headed to the nearest dog park, on a day trip to another town, or on a long weekend trip, safe car travel is a crucial part of the road trip and will help make sure that you and your dog have a safe and enjoyable journey.
Taking your dog on vacation does heighten the chance of an unexpected action by your dog, whether it be darting off or nervous responses to unfamiliar sights and smells, so we encourage you to protect yourself and your dog with a Canine Liability Insurance policy. Liability insurance for dogs will allow you the peace of mind needed for a zero-stress trip.
Microchip and ID Tag
Before you go anywhere with your dog, make sure the ID tags are up to date. It is also possible that the tags can fall off, particularly during common vacation activities such as swimming and hiking, so it is a worthwhile precaution to have your dog microchipped.
Ease Into It
If your dog is not used to traveling much by car, you will want to ease him into it. Some dogs get carsick, and can get a little stressed out or antsy from being trapped in the car for hours at a time. For their first trip, take them just a few blocks away. Don’t be so quick to press down on the accelerator, and after a few blocks, bring them home and praise them for doing so well.
Once your dog is comfortable in the car, increase the length of the car ride and increase the speed. Use your best judgement figuring out when your dog is ready for the real deal.
Do You Crate?
It will be helpful to get your dog used to be in the car with a crate prior to the trip. On roads with higher speeds and more cars, the possibility of accidents are increased, and you don’t want your dog to be injured.
It might be necessary to crate them for some of the rides. Once you are on country roads, let them enjoy the backseat with the window down just enough to get air in, but not enough to allow his entire head to slip out. If you were to get in an accident, or even have to stop suddenly your dog could easily be thrown out.
Another option is a seat belt. If you choose to keep your dog out of a crate, look into special seat belts for dogs. Look for one that will hold your dog securely in place without making him feel trapped. If he’s not used to using a sea belt, you might need to spend some time letting him adjust.
Water and Food
Offer plenty of water to your dog frequently throughout your trip. It is best to feed your dog with a light meal in the morning rather than a heavy one. Even if your dog isn’t prone to car sickness, it is never a good idea to serve a heavy meal before a big adventure. Of course, with food and water comes needing to go to the bathroom. Make sure you stop for multiple breaks in order to allow your dog to relieve himself, and if you can, try to take a walk or have some playtime to let him burn off any excess energy.
Have fun, and enjoy your trip!
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.