Traveling With Dogs, Guilty. Now We’re Doing It Right….

Yup, I admit it, we were guilty. We were the couple who were always traveling with dogs, we were lucky, nothing happened to one of the "kids".

We always had big dogs, ALL rescued, and always three.
So, below is our intro to the "Mutts" (our babies), our confession, and some great tips on
Crating/Harnesses/Dogs That Puke And Products For Travel

Sweet Denargo

 Sweet Denargo


FIRST MEET THE PACK :

Denargo ~ found tied to a light pole in downtown Denver. Whimpering, we took him home. The vet said he was under a year old. Denargo is the name of the street where we found him.
Black Lab / Rot / Angel Mix.


Zepplin ~ found on a side street in Denver, named after my favorite band, at the time. 
Rusty Lab / Chow / RockStar.

Kassi ~ found along the road in New Mexico, the local animal shelter knew her name. 
Chow/Coyote?/FormerDogKiller. 

Zepplin (left)    Kassi (right)

Alas, Our Rockstar Was A Puker........

Does your dog experience Motion Sickness?
Zepplin was all muscle, loved to go, but had a hard time with motion. 
It wasn't long after we got him in the car, that he would "up-chuck", even if we didn't feed him, he would heave. 
We took him to the vet and he gave us some meds to calm his nerves but that only made him drowsy. No fun for a Rockstar.


So we tried our own method and it worked!
It took about three weeks and here's what we did:


We put all the dogs in their crates, in the truck, for the training.
We took very short trips, twice a week. Two block trips, then let him out to walk around a bit. 
The other dogs were left inside the truck, so he would want to get back with his "buds". The next day it would be 5 blocks and so on.

For this particular guy, it did the trick, so we were heading back to the mountains for camping and hiking in no time!

Okay, The Scoop......Here's The Confession.

We owned a large Ram truck with a cap and the back was the dogs travel area. The cap had long screen windows, so they had great air flow without having to poke their head out, but they were not crated or restrained in anyway.
We did make sure the pups had some exercise before we started our road tips. These three were always full of energy! This helped to calm them down.
After the dogs were loaded up, Jon would slowly pull away from our house, the dogs would stand for a few minutes, then take to their blankets and rest.

Traveling With Dogs Is Different Now.....

It's a hard decision to know what's best for your dog's comfort, safety and personality.
We did start crating our dogs for travel.

How will your pets ride? Crate, harness, divider? 
               
What else do should you bring along for pet travel?

Below are helpful tips and links
to help you decide. 

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    The first video is for selecting a crate, here is a direct link to Youtube. LINK
    I know it can still be overwhelming, when I was selling dog products and went to the pet shows, it was STILL overwhelming. What did help us was REVIEWS, I always read pet owner reviews.
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    The next videos are for a travel harnesses. Select a video according to your dog's size. LINK
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    Another video for dividers (barriers between the front seat and back). LINK
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    A great site to check out is the Center For Pet Safety, here is a direct link on how to select a harness. LINK

So, you decided on the crate for travel, what now?

Getting your pets used to a crate is a process, but really, no big deal. It's worth it. 
We were pleasantly surprised!

Here's what worked for us


Start by putting the crates inside the house. 
Pick an area your pets are comfortable playing or sleeping, then put comfy pads or blankets in the crates, favorite toys or chew bones. 
Leave them alone for a day with the crate door open. 
The next day, toss in small treats and toys.

Get them to play a little either inside the crate or around the outside.


We did this for about a week, leaving the door open.

Then we closed the door for a bit and told them we would be right back and they gave us, you know, the pouty stare.
We started with 3 minutes and left them in a little bit longer each time, then up to an hour. 
Next, short trips to the park, in the crates with comfy pads, toys and small treats-of course. 
This worked for all three dogs!
Hope it works for yours. 

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    Collars with name tags and phone numbers. If you are at campsite, there might not be cell service, so bring an extra blank tag, so you can write the number of the camping site on the tag and attach to the dog's collars.
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    Collapsible water bowl with hook for day pack or belt or travel water bottles for pets. We like these water bowls for travel Water Bowl Link.
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    Poop bags AND poop bag container until a trash or recycling bin is available.
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    Food, Portioned out for trip/bowls. TIP : Some dogs get too excited to eat or uncomfortable with the new environment. We take a small container of vanilla yogurt. They love it and can be mixed or put at the side of the food. It has worked for us!
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    Photos of pets in case they would get lost.
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    Your Vet's number; medications and medical records. 
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    Old towels; pet dirty clothes bag.
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    Outdoor/indoor dog bed/crate or blanket--TOYS!
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    Booties or Paw balm. Although the paw booties are great, not all dogs love them. If you're on a summer trip and  the concrete or pavement is hot, your dog can get blisters! 
    Denargo did. He was only on the pavement a short time.  We now take along PURA Paw Balm whenever our pups are along, great for healing and small cuts. Here's a where you can buy it. Pura Paw Balm. Great in the winter too! 
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    First Aid For Your Pet. We don't take a separate first aid kit, all items in our regular Kit is fine for pets too. We just make sure we have Vet Wrap Tape added. Check out our First Aid Kit in our post "Venture a highway and survive" and you can buy vet tape HERE. Works on people too! 
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    Pet First Aid App from the American Red Cross! Great app! Here is the link if you want it: ​PET FIRST AID
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    Deodorizing Pet Wipes! We love these! Safe; Fresh and Earth Friendly! Here is a link to buy, if you want to try out. Pogi's Wipes

Happy  Tails..... Happy  Trails  To  You  All!

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Staying at a pet hotel? NO PROBLEM! Just read this post for helpful tips about Pet Hotels!

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Would love to hear about your Dog Trip Experiences or Tips, Please comment below.

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