Luther Bennett - Jan 01 2020

Preparing your dog for a long car ride.

Preparing your dog for a long car ride can be a daunting task, but with a little planning and preparation, you can make the experience safe and enjoyable for both you and your furry companion. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1.Take your dog for a walk before the trip:

A long car ride can be stressful for dogs, especially if they haven't had the opportunity to release their energy beforehand. Taking them for a walk or run before the trip will help them relax and settle down in the car.

2. Bring plenty of water and snacks:

Hydration is important for all dogs, but even more so during a long car ride. Pack a container of water and a bowl to make sure your dog stays hydrated throughout the trip. Bringing a few snacks or treats will also help keep them calm and entertained.

3. Use a restraint system:

Keeping your dog securely restrained in the car is not only important for their safety, but it can also help prevent them from becoming too anxious. Consider using a Luther Bennett Travel Pod to keep your dog safe, secure and also very snuggly.

Take a look

4. Plan for regular breaks:

Just like humans, dogs need to take breaks during long car rides to stretch their legs and use the bathroom. Plan your route to include rest stops where your dog can get out of the car and explore.

5. Familiarize your dog with car travel:

If your dog is not used to car travel, it can be helpful to start with short trips around the block to help them become more comfortable. Gradually increase the duration of the trip over time to help them adjust.

6. Calming Techniques:

There are several ways to help dogs relax, such as pheromone-based sprays and collars, calming music or white noise. A Luther Bennett Travel Pod is sure to create a sense of security for your pup. With tall walls and a soft feel, this can be helpful to reduce your dog's anxiety.

7. Keep them entertained: 

A bored dog is a stressed dog, so make sure you bring along plenty of toys and treats to keep your dog entertained during the ride. A chew toy or a puzzle toy can help distract them from their anxiety and make the trip more enjoyable for them.

8. Make sure your dog is healthy:

Before taking your dog on a long car ride, make sure they are in good health and have any necessary vaccinations. It's also a good idea to bring along a copy of their vaccination records and contact information for a local veterinarian in case of an emergency.

By following these tips, you can help make your dog's long car ride safe and enjoyable. Remember to take it slow, and don't hesitate to consult with your veterinarian if you have any concerns. With a little preparation, you and your dog can hit the road and have a great time together.