This post was sponsored by Milk-Bone as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Today, I’m sharing my best tips and packing list ideas to make a long road trip with your dog easy and comfortable for both of you. I’m also sharing a great deal I found on road trip toys so make sure you read to the bottom!
My husband and I are planning on doing a bit of traveling with our dog this year. This is nothing new. Our dog, Vincent, traveled everywhere we did for the first three years of his life. He’s pretty adaptable when it comes to road tripping.
To prepare for some summer adventures, I’ve been taking him on some drives around town. He loves it and unlike some dogs who get nervous, or even sick, on car rides, Vincent loves them. He prefers to sit in the passenger seat and look out the window until he gets bored and then he’ll move into the back seat and play with a toy that I’ve packed for the trip or take a nap. When it comes to passing time in the car, he knows how to handle himself but if traveling with your dog is new to you, you’ll want to follow a few of my tips.
12 Tips to make a Long Road Trip with your Dog Easy
- Visit a vet before your trip so your dog has a clean bill of health. Ask your vet for a copy of their vaccination records if you don’t have one, which will be needed if you plan to kennel your dog at all during your trip.
- If your dog is not used to traveling, you can get them used to it by slowly introducing them to the vehicle. First, allow them to get in the car while it’s parked. Later, you can start the car and drive around the block. As your dog gets used to being in the car, you can increase your trips across town and on short day trips before finally taking a long road trip with your dog. If your dog does not adjust to riding in the vehicle well, it may be best to make other arrangements for your pet.
- Make sure your dog is well exercised before entering the vehicle. They’ll be more apt to settle down and relax if they don’t have a ton of energy.
- Pack your own supply of water- either bottled or fill jugs of water for your pet to make sure they don’t have any tummy issues at your destination.
- Don’t feed your dog right before you set off on your road trip and don’t feed them on the way. Give them small treats and plenty of water so they stay hydrated, but eating can give them a tummy ache.
- Keep your vehicle well ventilated, especially if your dog is in their crate. Turn up the cool air or air conditioner and point the vents towards your dog.
- Make frequent stops to exercise your dog, give them water and allow them a chance to use the restroom.
- Don’t leave your dog in the car unattended, especially during the summer when temperatures inside the vehicle can soar in a matter of minutes. If you must leave your dog, make sure they are accompanied by a member of the family, so you can leave the vehicle running or safely roll the windows down.
- Make sure you travel with a current photo of your dog. This will be especially handy if the unthinkable happens and your dog gets away from you and you need to find them. You may also consider a temporary travel collar and Pet ID with your name, cell phone number and the number of your destination in case your pet gets lost. If your pet has a microchip, make sure all of your information is accurate.
- Do your research before leaving home. Create a list of veterinarian hospitals within 30-60 minutes of your final destination.
- Traveling with your pet does take a bit more advance planning. You’ll want to book your accommodations in advance for the duration of your trip and confirm that they are pet-friendly and inquire if they charge a fee for pets.
What to Pack when Traveling with your Dog
- Vaccination Records
- A portable food & water dish
- His favorite blanket and/or bed
- Plenty of water
- Dog Poo bags
- Calming Tablets, just in case I need them
- A first-aid kit (especially something to remove ticks)
- An old towel to cover the seat or to clean up muddy feet
- Pet Wipes for grooming between baths
- Pet Restraints or a crate for the car
And of course, you don’t want to leave home without their collar, tags, and leash.
In addition to packing a familiar toy from home, I normally buy a new toy for my dog before each road trip. This past week, I found new Milk-Bone® Active Toys™ in the Pet aisle at Meijer.
The durable products are made with materials that are non-toxic and are specially designed to work the Milk-Bone biscuits. There are four different Milk-Bone Active Toys that work with either the three different sizes of Milk-Bone biscuits:
- Small Dispensing Ball for dogs up to 24 pounds use the small biscuits
- Medium Dispensing Ball for dogs between 25-49 pounds that uses the Medium biscuits
- Small Treat Tumbler, also for dogs up to 24 pounds to sue with the Minis biscuits
- Medium Treat Tumbler for dogs between 25-49 pounds that uses the Minis biscuits
Since my beagle-mix dog weighs about 35 pounds, I bought one of each of the Medium Dispensing Ball and the Medium Treat Tumbler. Both toys came with a supply of biscuits to get you started, but I also picked up a box of Minis.
The Milk-Bone Active Toy satisfy Vincent’s need to chew on something and is specially designed to keep him mentally stimulated. I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned that a bored dog can be a naughty dog. Now, he can be rewarded with a tasty treat while occupying himself through play.
He even shared one of his toys with my daughter’s dog when she visited and since she’s still a puppy, I think she enjoyed the toy even more.
Milk-Bone Active Toys are designed to provide your dog with a fun, entertaining and rewarding activity at home and on the road.
You can also save money off the purchase price when you use mPerks to purchase Milk-Bone Active Toys at Meijer. Save $2 off the small toys and $3 off the medium toys until March 17th, 2018. Access the mPerk Coupon Offer Link here.
You can view the Milk-Bone Active Toys product page here to learn more about these products for your pet.
Have you purchased Milk-Bone Active Toys for your pet? What tips do you have that make traveling with your dog less stressful?
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