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6 Tips For A Successful Road Trip With Your Pet

posted by The Daily Fluff March 28, 2017 0 comments

The Easter weekend is coming up. It’s the perfect time for a road trip! And what is a better way to spend a road trip than with your pet pooch? Before you two head off on your weekend getaway, there are a few things you should prepare for in order to have the best holiday possible! So get out your notepad: you’re going to want to take this down!

  1. Check With Your Vet:

Your trip will be a bummer if your pup becomes sick. They’re only going to have a good time if they’re healthy and happy! If it’s been a while since your last check-up, pay your vet a visit. Make sure you’re up-to-date on vaccinations, medications and dietary plans. Also, check with them about where you’re going in case your dog needs some special treatment.

  1. What to Do:

If your holiday destination isn’t pet friendly, your pooch won’t have a lot of fun. Look up some activities for you two to enjoy together. Wherever you go, there are bound to be loads of things to do that your dog will love. From long walks to grabbing a bite at a pet-friendly café, it will be impossible for your dog to be bored!

  1. Where to Stay:

Not a lot of accommodation is friendly towards dogs. That’s why it is vital to find somewhere suitable for you and your pup to stay. There are websites you can visit that have lists of dog-friendly accommodation options. No matter where you go or what your spending limit is, you and your dog will definitely need to sleep well so you’re well rested for a fun holiday!

  1. Planning Your Route:

A great part about road trips is getting to see the sights. When planning your route to your destination, schedule some short breaks for you and your dog. Stretch your legs, go to the toilet, grab a bite to eat and take some time to have a look around. Once you get back in the car, you’ll both be refreshed and ready to go!

  1. Stock Up:

When organising luggage, pack a bag just for your pooch so nothing gets mixed up. Make a list of all the things your dog will need such as food, water, bowls, a leash or two, toys, protective wear, grooming tools, poop bags, treats, bedding and medication if they need. Also, grab some items for the car ride that will be easy to grab for breaks and rest stops.

  1. Before You Hop in the Car:

On the day of the road trip, you’ll want to make sure your pup will be safe in the car. This will include making sure they’re safely secured and unlikely to distract you while you’re driving. If your car has a large boot and your dog is big enough, pop them back there. Otherwise, a crate should do to make sure they won’t roam around or fall over. If you can’t get a crate, try taking your dog for a walk before you leave so they are tired and relaxed during the ride.

Your road trip with your pet will be smooth and trouble free now that you’re well prepared. Don’t forget to have buckets of fun!

What are some tips you have for a road trip with your dog? Comment below and let us know!

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How to Get Your Pet Used to Car Trips

posted by The Daily Fluff September 7, 2016 0 comments

Taking trips with your furry friends can be one of the many joys of having pets. Whether it’s taking a trip to the dog beach, the local park, or (cover their eyes) trips to the vet, it’s very important for both you and your fur-child to feel comfortable in the car. However, getting your pet used to car rides can be a difficult process, and might take time. Here are a few things that you can do to make this process easier for the both of you:

A secure ride, is a safe ride:

There’s no doubt that travelling at high speeds can even be scary for us, so we can imagine how it feels for our pets! Making sure that your cat or dog is secure in the car is sure to make them feel more comfortable.

George the French Bulldog loves perching up in his booster seat:

“My booster seat is the best. It’s super comfy with my blanket and I’m secure, which means the windows can be down when we drive! The best.”

Booster seats are a great way to keep smaller dogs secure while allowing them to keep an eye on what’s going on outside their window, which we all know is very important!

Larger dogs can lounge around in hammocks, and it’s safest for kitty cats to hang out in crates.

Comfort toys or blankets:

Bringing their favourite toys, blankets or beds along for the ride is sure to make your furry friend more comfortable in the car. It’s important to do what you can to make the car feel more like home than a never-ending ride to the vet’s office.

Treats:

Treats can be a great way to keep your pet distracted, as well as being a great form of positive reinforcement! If your pooch loves chewing, give them a bone or dental stick to chew on for the ride. If you’re lucky enough, they might even forget where they are! There are lots of lovely treats available to reward feline friends too! Just be sure not to overfeed your pet while travelling, especially if they are prone to car sickness.

A reward destination:

We would hate car trips too if they always ended at the vet, so shake it up and surprise your pup with a trip to the park or the beach. Swapping out your normal walk for one at a different local park is a great way to get your dog used to car trips. They will be so pleasantly surprised when they realise where they are that they will be jumping into the back seat with ease before you know it.

If the vet is the only place you’ll be taking your pet, then take some toys along with you and play with your pet before you leave the car. At least they’ll be in a great mood before they realise where they are!

Practice makes perfect:

You’re lucky if you’ve got a pooch or cat that is naturally at ease in the car, that’s for sure. For the rest of us, practice makes perfect! Finding a routine that makes your pet comfortable in the car may be time-consuming, but it is definitely worth the hassle!


Do you have any top tips for getting your pet used to car rides? Share them with us in the comments below.

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