Possibly taking dog on trip, any advice?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by ChickenToes, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    My husband and I are thinking about taking our dog (17 month old Bloodhound) with us when we go out West to visit my parents. It's a 1500 mile trip, split into 2 days. The first day is 14 hours, with a stay at a hotel that night. The next day is about 8 hours. The dog does just fine in a car, as long as she can lay down in the back.

    I have already found pet friendly hotels, and there are rest areas where we can walk her along our route.

    Are we completely insane for even thinking about this, or not? Does anyone have experience taking dogs on trips? We do have people that will watch her if we decide not to take her.

    Any advice/experience is much appreciated.
  2. Brindlebtch

    Brindlebtch Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Nah, we have taken trips all over the US with our dogs. Just make sure they drink enough water and take potty breaks.

    Bring a crate and a couple of changes of bedding in case of an accident. Be aware she may be more prone to an accident since her schedule has been disrupted, so I always bring enzyme odor eater and paper towels just in case. Cloth towels in case a bath or rinse is needed, kibble, their personal bowl, and a large leak proof container of home water so they won't refuse to drink different water. You can add new water to the old water until she gets used to it.

    The 3 times we went somewhere we couldn't take our dogs we missed them so much we were stopping people in the street and molesting their dogs!
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2009
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    LOL, that does make me feel a bit better. That's the biggest reason we want to take her with us, we'll miss her/worry about her too much if we leave her behind.
  4. gaited horse

    gaited horse Merry Christmas!

    Aug 14, 2008
    Fernley, NV
    no not at all I moved from texas with 2 dogs a cat and 7 other kids. alomg with my mom.
  5. wombat

    wombat Songster

    Jun 23, 2009
    I take my GSDs when I travel, 14+ hour drive back to Wis. from Maryland.

    I pack paper towels, old bath towels, and a 2-liter bottle of water with some dish soap added for cleanups, just in case.

    Feed more often, but a lot less food at a time, cuts down on car sickness.

    Bring a spare leash, and keep it up front in a place where it won't get misplaced; you might need to grab it in an emergency.

    Make sure your dog's tags are secure, so if your dog goes missing in an unfamiliar place, someone can get your dog back to you.
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits...

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I think it will be fun! Good luck! And take pics! [​IMG]

    NGT ANGL Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Locust Grove, VA
    We take our dogs everywhere with us - even though the Golden Retriever gets car sick at the onset of the ride. Other than that, they seem to enjoy it as long as we take periodic potty breaks, have water with us for them to drink when we stop and don't miss their mealtimes! Good luck and have fun!

    PS - Our dogs always have their ID tags on their collars and on trips, we use a harness instead of just collar and leash as an added precaution so they can't slip the collar at rest areas.
  8. thebritt

    thebritt Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    I've driven to CA. from WI. and back again TWICE with 2 dogs and 1 cat (once with 2 cats as well as the 2 dogs) with no problems. Gives an incentive to stop and enjoy some scenery while letting the dog out!
  9. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

    Jul 7, 2007
    Middle TN
    You might consider too getting that ID implant thingie. That way if he slips collar and tags he might still find his way back to you. I think most rescues and Humane Societies scan them now.

    Have fun! My two love car trips and it is more fun for me to have a happy doggie snoring from the passenger seat. [​IMG]
  10. ducks4you

    ducks4you Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    Brindlebtch pretty much said it all. Just remember if you stop to eat--windows down in the car low enough for air, high enough so your dog cannot escape. EVEN when it's cold out your car can get pretty hot during the day in the sun. Enjoy the trip! I know your dog will.

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