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Tips for Traveling with your Dog from Dogster.com
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, July 17, 2008


For all of you dog lovers out there, check out http://www.dogster.com/, the My Space for dogs. It is a really fun place to go to give your dogs a chance to make new friends and to get to know other people in your area with the same dog loves. This month, Dogster.com has some great tips on traveling with your dog. Here are their tips for taking your dog in the car.



It is acceptable for larger dogs to ride in a seat, like a human passenger. If your dog has never done this before, consider making one or two short "practice" excursions to be sure the canine keeps its place and does not try to roam around the car. Smaller dogs may prefer to be transported in their sleeping crates, as this provides a secure refuge from a strange situation. Be aware that all dogs are fascinated by the smells they encounter when they stick their noses out the window of a moving car. It is acceptable to indulge this desire, but never leave the window open so far that the dog can jump or fall out.

During long car trips, allow the dog to make regular rest and exercise stops (always leash it before opening the car door). Bring along food, water, and treats in a separate container. If your dog is prone to getting carsick, your veterinarian may recommend medication (bringing the dog on a few short "practice" trips may prevent the problem altogether).

CAUTION: Never, for any reason, leave your dog alone in a car. Changes in outdoor temperatures are unpredictable and can lead to stress, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, and worse.

Paul & I have been taking our dogs on road trips forever. Here are a couple of things we have learned.

1. Start taking your dog in the car when he is a puppy. He will get used to it. Our dog, Cooper, thinks the car is his dog house. If I open the back to load or unload, he hops in, lies down and gets ready for the ride.
2. Our dachshund, Frank, is always really curious for the first 10 minutes of the car ride, then he just curls up on my lap and goes to sleep. Let your dog get his ya-yas out in the beginning, then show him who is alpha and make sure he lies down calmly.
3. Be on the look-out for a park, creek or other open and safe area to let your dogs out for a stretch and potty break. We will usually throw a ball or stick for 10 or 15 minutes. If you let them get out and move around every few hours, they will be more relaxed passengers. And don't forget to give them water. It is tempting to avoid water, so you don't have to stop as often, but they get thirsty just like you do.
4. Bring a dog bed or blanket for the car. Your dog will feel more secure on his bed or blanket and it will help keep your car cleaner.
5. If your dog is in the back of the car, make sure there isn't too much sun glaring in through the back windows. It can get really hot back there.
6. Barney, our lab mutt, is 14 years old, so he has difficulty getting in and out of the car on his own. Paul can lift him, so it is not a problem for us. But if you cannot pick up an 80 lb dog, invest in some folding steps and then guide the older dogs up and down the steps.

If you have other cool ideas about traveling with your dogs, we would like to hear them. Send them to us and we will post them on our blog and at MtHoodRentals.com.

If you are looking for a place to stay at Mount Hood with your dogs, check out our pet-friendly Mt Hood Vacation Rental Homes.

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