10 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

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Make Sure Your Pet Is Up for the Trip

The last thing that you want to find out an hour into your family’s epic 10-day adventure to Yellowstone is that your dog gets car sick every time you turn a corner. Some pets aren’t healthy enough or don’t have the temperament for traveling, and it’s not a smart idea to force them to.

Starting at least a few weeks before the big trip, start taking your animal on short car rides, taking care to use the crate or harness that you’ll be using on the road trip. Don’t assume because your last dog was great in the car that her puppies will be too. Aging dogs may also be less comfortable on long road trips than they were during their younger years.

“They may be anxious if they only travel a couple of times a year to the veterinarian,” says Dr. Mike Topper, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, adding “Every animal is different.”

Experts suggest doing everything you can to make their crate a happy place where they are comfortable and want to ride. Put familiar blankets and favorite toys inside the car kennel, and reward your dog for using it. Never force your dog into the box.

There’s often a lot of chaos in a household when families are preparing for trips. Animals tend to get more anxious when there’s a whirlwind of activity around them, so you’ll want to take special care to make sure they can remain calm and comfortable in the days leading up to the trip.

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