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Make traveling with your pet fun for all
School is almost out for summer and that means many families will be heading out on the open road to explore the forests, oceans and mountain ranges of America. In most instances, taking a family road trip also includes bringing the dog, and pet parents need to understand what their pooches will need to be safe and happy along the way.
If your pup hasn't been on too many car rides, going on a long voyage may be stressful for it both physically and emotionally, though there are ways to better prepare it for life on the road.
Prep your pup for travel
Getting your dog ready for a big trek in the car is crucial to ensuring it and the rest of your family has the best time possible. To start training, begin by putting your dog in the car and seeing how it reacts. If it seems calm, start to drive a bit and have someone else in the vehicle to gauge its reaction. If the dog starts to freak out, stop and turn around immediately.
Pooches that are used to sleeping in crates may travel better secured in one in the car. To test this, purchase pet products like the Travel Lite Wire Dog Crate and stick it in the back of your SUV. Next, see if the dog will walk in on its own into the crate, if it does, offer it Greenies Dental Treats for Dogs to reward its good behavior. Once it seems relaxed, start to drive and check to see how the dog is reacting – if it's fine, you should be good on the road. However, if your pooch is still a bit shaky, it may be best to talk to your vet about prescribing it anti-anxiety pet drugs like Composure Bite-Sized Chews to calm its nerves during travel.
Pet supplies to bring
Once you've figured out the travel aspect of bringing your pet, you'll also need to factor in the supplies it needs to stay healthy on the road. Make sure to pack fresh water and bowls for the pup as well as about two or three days more pet food than your trip, in case of issues along the way. Before you go, also make sure to apply the dog's flea, tick and heartworm medication like Frontline Plus, Revolution or Pet Armor to protect it against parasites in different states.