Road Tripping

My dog is a big fan of road trips, which is lucky for me since we take a lot. Whether it’s just a couple of blocks to the pet store or a longer trip down to Columbus or Akron to see family, my dog is always excited to get in the car and go somewhere new.

This past weekend we took a drive to Columbus. Although it’s only a two hour drive, I take a few precautions ahead of time to make sure that the ride goes smoothly for the both of us.

1. Harness
Within a couple of months of getting Hunter I got a harness for him to wear in the car which hooks into the seat belt. This has been a great help on road trips. It gives him a little space so that he doesn’t feel totally confined, but keeps him out of the front seat and off of my lap, which would be his seat of choice. I have to admit the harness isn’t his favorite thing, since like all dogs he likes to stick his head out the window. So from time to time on shorter drives, I do let my dog have free rein in the back seat so he can stick his head out the window and enjoy a little more freedom.

2. Toys
Before a road trip I always give him a special toy. I like it to be something like a bully stick or a stuffed Kong that will keep him busy for a while. I usually throw in a few of his other toys as well, just so he has a mix of things to play with.

3. Water
Especially on summer trips, it’s important to keep your dog well hydrated during the drive. I’ve usually just put a bowl of water back there, but that can get messy. Lately I’ve been looking into a better way of having water for him in the backseat. I’ve been thinking about getting one of those no-spill bowls, or water dispensers with tray, that would also be good for the dog park.

4. Seat covers
My car is covered in fur, even shortly after vacuuming. I have a seat cover that works pretty well, but I would love to hear from you all what, if anything, works to keep the fur from taking over your car. Anyone have success with any particular seat covers? This is definitely something I’d like to invest in considering how much time my dog spends in the car.

Stay Tuned for Part 2 later this week – Dog Friendly Road Trip: Columbus