This post is sponsored by The Nuzzle™ Smart GPS Collar and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about the Nuzzle Indiegogo Crowd Funding Campaign, but The Traveling Praters only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Nuzzle is not responsible for the content of this article.
When my family adopted our puppy, Vincent, we didn’t plan to travel with him. In fact, we thought the days of traveling with my husband’s job had come to an end. Imagine our surprise when a few short months later we found ourselves not only traveling again, but living in a motor home as a full-time RV family! Talk about surprises! Living in a camper with my husband, three teenagers and a six month old puppy took a bit of getting used to, for us all.
That was a little over six years ago Vinnie, as we dubbed him, has traveled over half the country with us. I’ve learned a few things about traveling with dogs. Just like kids, I’m convinced that some dogs travel better than others. Vincent is a natural traveler. He’s curious, quiet, and easy to get along with. He’ll go anywhere as long as he’s with his family.
Traveling with a pet takes a fair bit of planning. I never show up at a hotel and expect them to be pet friendly so when he travels with us, I make advance reservations. I also need to make sure that I have some of his favorite toys, snacks, and yes, blanket.
I have a doggie bag complete with paw prints just to store his things. It’s always stored away so when it comes out of his closet, he knows he’s about to go bye bye and boy, does he get excited! I’ve learned to pack his bag at the last minute because he gets a bit impatient. Let’s take a look at the items I consider essential when traveling with Vincent.
7 Things to Pack when Traveling with your Dog
1. Bedding, blankets, and toys.
I’ve learned that Vincent settles down much easier if he has his own bedding from home. I pack his bed and his favorite soft blanket and he typically settles down within minutes when it’s bedtime.
2. Pet bath wipes.
You never know what your pet will decide to roll in or step in. I keep a container of pet bath wipes in Vinnie’s bag to remove dirt from his paws, moisturize his skin, and help him smell good between baths.
3. Poop bags, small flashlight, and leash.
If you’re accustomed to taking your dog on walks, you probably have these items handy and right by the door. We live in the country so Vincent kind of comes and goes as he pleases, so I keep these items in his bag at all times.
4. Food, water, and treats.
This is especially important if your dog has special food that is hard to find. I always pack a bit more food than I think we’ll need just in case we extend our travel by a day or two.
5. Health certificate and vaccine record.
I’m not normally asked for this information when road tripping throughout the U.S., unless we are camping. Many campgrounds will have specific pet requirements so inquire about their policy when making your reservations.
6. First aid kit.
My first aid kit for Vinnie pretty much consists of itch soothing spray and calming pills to help him remain calm on the drive or during a storm.
7. A GPS Tracker Collar.
If you’ve ever lost your pet, you’ll understand how important this item can be. Vincent once ran away from our campsite when we were in the RV. He pulled a Houdini move and escaped from his collar and leash and ran away. It was an awful three hours, we thought we’d lost him. Thankfully, we were able to find him and carry him home- that’s right. He was too tired to walk back!
The Nuzzle Collar is a GPS Dog Collar that is launching an Indiegogo campaign today! The money raised will help the creators of the Nuzzle collar to produce the smart collar.
Key Features of the Nuzzle Collar
1. The Nuzzle allows you to check on your pet from anywhere.
2. Create a pet profile to show your pet’s activity though out the day.
3. The Nuzzle is the only smart pet GPS product on the market with no monthly fee.
4. The Nuzzle provides alerts if your pet goes beyond the virtual fence you’ve set.
5. The Nuzzle is waterproof.
6. The Nuzzle provides impact detection.
7. The Nuzzle has a detachable tracker that you can attach to your personal collars and harnesses.
3. Easy charge battery and additional battery with each purchase.
that can keep track of where your pet is, show how much exercise they’ve had throughout the day, allow you to create a virtual fence and alert you when your pet has gone beyond the fence,
The Indiegogo Nuzzle Collar is a perfect way to keep track of pets at home and on the road. The GPS Tracker Collar provides pet parents peace of mind if the unthinkable happens and their beloved pet runs away.
You can follow Nuzzle on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook for updates and learn how you can help Nuzzle raise funds for its smart collar. Or, visit Nuzzzle’s Funding Page on Indiegogo to learn more about the campaign and order a Nuzzle collar for your pet.
Would this collar provide you peace of mind when you travel with your pet?
Tuesday 17th of November 2015
This is the best when i have the oportunity to travel with my dog i really enjoy my trip because they experience new adventures with you
Thursday 22nd of October 2015
I need that Nuzzle! We don't travel with my pup, but she runs out the door whenever company comes over and I always worry that she'll get lost.
Wednesday 4th of November 2015
It would certainly provide added peace of mind, wouldn't it?
Thursday 22nd of October 2015
A GPS collar wasn't even on my radar, but I think it's a great idea. Our family raises puppies for Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and each puppy costs about $40,000 to $50,000 to raise. Because of this, we are VERY careful about where we take them, and we never let them off-leash.
I think this would be a great piece-of-mind for those just-in-case scenarios. I just wrote my own post about road-tripping with dogs, but like I said, this wasn't even on my radar. Great idea, and fabulous post.
Felissa (Two Little Cavaliers)
Thursday 22nd of October 2015
What an incredible thing you and your family do! Raising a puppy is always full of challenges but to raise a puppy that you know will not be yours forever takes a very special person. Plus the pressure of knowing what the puppy will grow up to help someone gain their Independence is beyond words. Thank you for what you do.
I can absolutely see how a Nuzzle Smart Collar would take away some of your burden knowing that in case of accident or unforeseen event the puppy gets out you can track them down.