It's no secret, we love to travel with our dogs. However, traveling with a pet isn’t always easy. Frequent potty stops, transporting pets, food and water, finding dog-friendly restaurants or overnight accommodations and coping with nervous pets can sometimes make it all a discouraging ordeal. Over the years. we have found some ways to take the stress out of traveling with dogs and make our dogs comfortable with the travel experience.
So before you decide to leave your pet at home, take a look at these nifty travel accessories! They make vacationing with pets anything but difficult, leaving you and your pet with more time to focus on having fun.
1. Car Seat Hammock Cover
These type of car seat covers don't just protect your upholstery from dog fur, dirt and claw scratches, they also add security to the back seat. The hammock style securely covers the leg room area, so your dogs won't fall off the seat.
I love that we can store all kinds of stuff in the leg room, without Apollo having to worry about stuff falling on him.
If your vehicle has AC vents in the middle console, you want to be sure the cover has a mesh area that will allow air to flow to the backseat! We use the Kululu XL cover for our truck. It's one of the few companies that offers a larger seat cover for big SUVs or Trucks.
The covers are waterproof and machine washable, and they can be removed within 2 minutes if you want to use the back seat for people.
2. Spill Proof Dog Water Dish
3. Travel Safe Food Storage
Whether you feed your dog kibble or raw, it's important to bring your dog food with you on vacation trips, you don't want to add stress by changing what you feed while traveling with your pet!
Just like with water, you want to be sure to have a spill proof way to store and feed. Recently we came across a dog travel kit, that allows you to store, feed and carry your dog food. It's called My Pet Pail and we love using ours on short weekend trips. It's like Apollo and Heidi have their own lunch pail now!
You can see our full review on our YouTube video below:
4. Dog Bed or Crate
When we take our pets into new and unusual surroundings, they tend to be nervous and uncomfortable. The best way to help your pet feel at home in a vacation rental or hotel room is to bring his or her bedding and a crate, if the dog is properly crate trained.
I remember when we first started to vacation with our dogs, I bought new dog beds, or washed theirs before we went on our trip. What I didn't realize was that doing so removed the familiar scent of home. Be sure to bring the used, - and not recently cleaned- dog bed with you when you stay overnight on your travels.
5. Calming Treats
Traveling can be stressful on your pet. Our Jack Russell Terrier Heidi can get a little anxious at times when we start out in the car. She is restless and whines for the first few minutes before she settles in. Apollo is pretty relaxed in the car, but he gets overwhelmed when we are in a place with a lot of activity. I started hearing about CBD products for dogs and tried out a few different types. I like the oil, but found that calming treats where a lot easier to administer when we travel.
We hope you enjoy traveling with your dogs. For more information on how to prepare yourself and your pets for travel, read our book: Keep Your Paws on the Road - A Practical Guide to Traveling with Dogs.
Until next time!
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