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Traveling With Your Dog

Traveling With Your Dog

8 Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

Traveling with your dog – just because you have a dog doesn’t mean you have to stay home all the time. If you plan ahead and take a little care, it is easy and fun to travel with your dog.

dog in the car

Here are some tips to make the trip easier on both you and your pet:

Get the dog used to driving

1. Get your dog used to riding in the car by taking him on short trips. Go to fun places like the dog park, the fast food drive through (where you can feed him bits of meat from your burger), or to visit friends. You want him to think that trips in the car are fun. You don’t want your dog to think that all car trips end up at the vet’s office.

2. If your dog tends to get carsick, don’t feed him the morning of the trip. Having your dog travel with an empty stomach will help to prevent any car sickness.

Bring water and food – traveling with your dog

3. Bring plenty of water and a water dish along. You will need to give your dog periodic drinks of water when you stop for a rest. It will be easier to get your dog to drink if it is familiar water from home. Water in different places often smells or tastes differently, and your dog may not want to drink it

4. Be sure to pack your dog’s food, treats, favorite bed, toys, and leash.

5. If your dog uses a crate, bring that along too. If you don’t have a large vehicle, you can buy crates that fold up. When you get to your destination, you can put your dog in his crate while you go somewhere that you can’t bring him along.

6. How should your dog travel in the car? Some dogs like to sit or lay on the seat, so bring a blanket to protect the upholstery. Other dogs may need to be kept in a crate in the car. Be sure the crate can’t slide around and scare the dog while you’re driving. You can also purchase dog seat belts to keep your dog safe while sitting in the car.

dogs in a convertible

Stop occasionally

7. Make a stop every few hours to walk your dog and give him some water. Some dogs are frightened by the noisy trucks driving by, so try to walk in a quiet area. Be a good citizen and bring plastic bags along to pick up the mess.

8. If your dog is anxious about staying in a hotel or strange house at your destination, he might not eat or drink. You don’t want him to get dehydrated, so be sure to get him to drink, at least. You can mix chicken broth or gravy into the dog’s water. That will usually get him to lap it right up. You can mix chicken broth or gravy into the food too.

The first trip will be the hardest, because your dog will not realize that you are coming back. With the first trip behind you, if you have taken the time to make sure it is pleasant for your dog, future traveling with your dog should be a breeze.

Preparing your home

Preparing your home

Preparing your home for a holiday travel

Preparing your home while you’re probably very excited about your upcoming travel plans for the holidays. You need to make sure you take the time to prepare your home as well. Criminals are very aware that people travel for the holidays and look for homes to target during this period. There is much less risk of being caught during this time because so many people are paying attention to their own plans.

Check the doors and windows

Check all doors and windows carefully before leaving for the holidays. All should be securely locked to prevent anyone from entering them unnoticed. If you have an alarm system, make sure you set it before you go out. Put in new batteries for motion lights and any external video equipment you may have installed. Do not leave extra keys under the floor mat. Nor in other common places where criminals can easily find them and walk straight into your home.

the windows

You don’t want your home to look empty when you travel for the holidays. If possible, have a friend or neighbor stop by every day. Most criminals watch homes. If they see different lights on or see fresh footprints in the snow, they are less likely to target your home.

Collection of mail and newspapers

Have someone pick up your mail and newspaper every day. Or put delivery on hold until you return from your vacation trip. Not only is this a sure sign that you’re out of town, but it can also lead to identity theft. All it takes is for a criminal to get hold of your bank statement or credit card statement. iI could delete your account and charge the items you will have on your credit card.

Newspapers and mail - decoration for Preparing your home

Preparing your home for the colder part of the year

If you’re traveling for the holidays in a colder part of the year, have someone shovel your driveway and sidewalks. This certainly gives the impression that you are at home or at least that someone is keeping a very close eye on your home. You also want to set your thermostat to a decent temperature while you’re on the road. The extra cost on your heating bill will be nothing compared to the damage from burst pipes. Pipes that may have frozen due to the drop in temperatures while you were traveling for the winter holidays.

Ensure contact with friends or neighbors

Make sure a friend or neighbor can contact you in an emergency involving your home while you’re away for the holidays. Hopefully they won’t need to contact you, but such measures can be very helpful if a problem arises. They may be able to take care of low priority issues for you. Like not turning off the sprinkler system.


It can be very nice to travel for the holidays, but do everything you can to make sure your home is protected while you’re away. You don’t want to come home to find that your home has been broken into or later that your personal information has been compromised. A little planning before you travel for the holidays will help you make sure everything is safe and sound when you return.

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