Just because you have a dog doesn’t mean you have to stay home all the time. If you plan and take a little care, there are many ways to make traveling fun.
Here are some tips to make the trip easier on both you and your pet:
1. Comfortable Traveling
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 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. Carsick Pup? Hold Back the Food
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.
3. Don’t Forget Water!
Bring plenty of water and a water dish along with the traveling. You will need to give your dog periodic drinks of water when you stop for a rest. It will be easier to get your Chihuahua 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. Traveling Goes Best with Snacks
Make sure to pack your dog’s food, treats, favorite bed, toys, and leash. The more things you take from home, the better he will feel around. Your dog will ease up with familiarity, and you can enjoy a comfortable ride.
5. Do You Have a Crate? Bring it Over!
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. Adjusting the Inside of your Car
How should your Chihuahua 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. Also, you need to make 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.
7. Take Frequent Breaks while Traveling
You also have to 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. Pay Attention to his Anxiety Levels
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 make 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.
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.