Tips for Traveling with Your Dog

March 22nd, 2022 by

 

Road trips can be wonderful, but bringing pets along can be a hassle that outweighs any benefits they may bring. McLarty Daniel has put together some helpful tips for traveling with your dog or cat in order to keep your pet happy while also keeping everything on track. 

Breaks

Stops give your dog plenty of breaks along the way so they can stretch their legs and avoid any accidents in the car. 

Water 

Make sure you give your pet plenty of water when you’re going to or from a hot location. Bring water and food bowls for your dog, and make sure to give them something to eat or drink at each rest stop. Because they fold up small and are easy to clean, collapsible bowls are a great option for road trips. 

Safety 

Keeping your dog safe in the car is an important but frequently overlooked consideration when families travel. Doggy seatbelts and collapsible dog boxes are both good options for keeping your pet in the backseat while you’re behind the wheel. With stricter pet laws in hotels and other lodging, the use of an animal cage can save the day! 

Update Tags and Chips 

One of the worst things that can happen on a road trip is being separated from a loved one, including your dog. Your pet’s tags and microchips should always be up to date so that if the unthinkable happens, you’ll be able to locate them quickly. 

Prepare by Exercising 

Similarly, tiring out your dog before hitting the road is a good idea. Spending some time on a walk or playing fetch with your pet before going on the road can save you hours of frustration. With exercise, your dog is more likely to relax and even fall asleep in the car, allowing you to focus on the road ahead!

DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN A HOT CAR 

No matter how long it takes you to get inside the gas station or restaurant, never leave your pet in a hot car. Take turns going inside if necessary for bathroom breaks while the car is running, and look for restaurants or rest areas with outdoor areas where you can let your dog out for a bit! 

When you follow these tips, traveling with your dog doesn’t have to be a nightmare, even on long road trips! At our six McLarty Daniel dealerships serving Centerton, Bella Vista, Bentonville, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Pea Ridge, Springdale, and Rogers, Arkansas, you’ll find the ideal vehicle for you and your dog, no matter the length of the journey.

 

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