We love our fur kids. Any trip that will involve mostly outdoor activities, we will probably bring them along with us.
Any time you travel with your dog, always remember to bring their immunization records, licenses, and that you know their microchip number.
When traveling with your dogs, it is best to have them trained to ride in the back. A seat cover/hammock like below is a great way to contain your dogs and give them their own space.
Another important thing is to make sure your car has proper airflow back to them. Dogs can get dehydrated very quickly when traveling - so be sure to make many potty stops too!
We always have one of these on a leash since we live in an apartment, but it's a cheap accessory if you don't need one all the time:
Other good things to have with you when bringing your pet along:
- Benadryl if your dog gets carsick.
- a collapsible water bowl
- nylabones or rawhide
- towels for snuggling into
- all of your dogs other daily needs: food, dishes, crate, medication, leashes
Indy would be so upset if I forgot his bowl!
It isn't that hard to find dog-friendly hotels these days. We prefer La Quinta, because they don't charge extra for dogs and wifi and breakfast are free!
Bringing your dogs on a trip can be a lot of fun, as long as you are aware of your surroundings and know your dogs limitations. For instance, if your dog doesn't like kids, taking them to a park that has a big playground isn't the best idea. The same if your dog is a barker - you may not mind the barking but it could really upset someone else's vacation.
We all want our fur kids to have a good time - so always take in to consideration if you will be able to spend enough time with them, or if the trip will cause more anxiety for them than if you get a dog sitter.
Joy is a photographer, wife and mommy based out of Albuquerque, NM. She is available by appointment for weddings, events and sessions in New Mexico.