Guest Post by Ashley Lipman
Do you want to travel with your large furbaby? There is no reason that they should miss out. We form sentimental attachments with our pets. It is hard to leave them home alone for three hours; let alone for an entire road trip.
Many people believe their animal friends aren’t meant for a car ride. Dogs come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, with different temperaments to bout. So, it isn’t surprising people think this way, especially when it comes to arger dogs.
However, this does not have to be the case. Traveling with one dog isn’t like traveling with any other dog. Animal lovers should rejoice when they hear that it isn’t difficult to travel with a big dog and we’ll show you how.
Bring the Right Equipment
The most important component to travel easily with a larger dog is having the right equipment to take care of them. Always be sure your dog is wearing proper identification tags when you leave home. Water, collapsible bowls, a couple of car toys, and snacks are other essentials.
A leash and harness are also good to bring when you take your dog out, especially if it is not trained on voice command.
If your dog likes to move around in the car, then hooking up a net to separate the front and backseats is helpful. Clean freaks should lay down blankets or buy a dog seat cover for the dog to sit on throughout the trip. Furry Friends gear contains high-quality reviews about pet travel equipment on their website.
Larger Dogs Are Calmer Than Smaller Dogs
People don’t often realize that it is more challenging to travel with a small dog than with a larger dog.
Tiny dogs often have to be put in a crate while riding in the car, which they don’t particularly enjoy that much. These dogs get angry and start barking at other vehicles, bicyclists, and random people on the street.
On the flip side, larger dogs are heavier and more controllable. They can sit in any part of a vehicle without being a distraction to the driver.
The only areas it is easier to travel with a small dog are planes and trains. Larger dogs have to be put in a crate at the stowaway section of planes, unlike smaller dogs or emotional support dogs which can ride under your seat in a carrier. Emotional support dogs can be above 20 pounds and don’t have to be stored with the plane’s cargo, so it is important to know if your dog qualifies to be an emotional support pet.
More Tips and Information
Large dogs are calmer in the car because they feel more involved in the ride and because they can see outside the car windows.
Large dogs love to explore and need to stretch often. So it is advised that you take your dog out periodically throughout your trip. These breaks are great for the driver to decompress, and is an opportune time for your dog to relieve themselves.
As the summer is beginning to start, it is important to be conscious of how your dog is feeling when it is warmer out. Dogs, especially if they have a fluffy coat, are prone to overheating. Overheating can cause fatal injury or internal harm.
As mentioned earlier, not every big dog is alike. Bustle has a great article that describes personal accounts of big dog travel stories in different climates that you may find useful when planning a trip with your own furry companion.
Traveling with a larger dog isn’t difficult as long as you take the given precautions. Make sure to pack enough water, treats and toys while driving and take regular breaks. Ensuring your dog’s safety while driving ensures your safety.