Summer road trips can be some of the most enjoyable adventures. Whether you’re riding solo and taking in nature’s scenic beauty or bringing the whole family on a destination vacation, there are precautions and preparations that help ensure the ride is enjoyable for all.
Bringing your pet along can add to the need for careful planning. Here are some tips for taking road trips with your pet as the copilot.
Plan Bathroom Breaks
While this is a pretty standard element for any road trip, planning for pet bathroom breaks is important. Since the ride may be scary or new, they may need to go more frequently along the way and the best way to prevent an accident is to plan in the extra stop. As an added bonus you’ll have time to stretch and rest your eyes.
While not extremely high on the list of priorities, having comfortable seating for your pet to enjoy the long ride will help them to relax better and can even provide valuable protection for the car’s upholstery. If they’re not sharing the backseat, a hammock style pet seat protector can keep them safely on the seat while you drive.
For pets that will be in a crate for the duration of the road trip, you should also ensure they have enough room to move around and lay comfortably. You may also want to purchase a harness designed for use with a seat belt to best protect your pet during any sudden stops or impact.
Monitor Window Use
Depending on the size of your dog, it’s a good idea to monitor how low you’re lowering your windows while you drive. It’s never advisable to let your dog hang his entire head out of a fully open window as you’re driving. There is a danger not only of foreign objects hitting them in the face like rocks and branches but their ability to suddenly leap out of the window in search of a squirrel they spotted while the rest of traffic is still moving creates a very hazardous situation. Not to mention the fact they could mistakingly go hurling out of the open window should an accident occur.
Alternative Vacation Options
If the thought of getting into a vehicle that will be moving, forget about for many hours, terrifies your pet, there are options that can leave you with peace of mind. Consider hiring a sitter you trust to stay at the house with your pet. They’ll get the added advantage of being in their own comfortable space, not having to brace for the bumpy ride and the freedom to roam around those areas designated safe for them throughout the house.
Contact DogWatch of Western Massachusetts to give your pet ultimate freedom. A pet containment system for the outdoors or indoors combined with expert training makes it so that your pet can roam and play freely and you can focus on having fun and relaxing on your trip.