Traveling with pets is never easy, especially if we’re talking about two 80 lb highly energetic German Shepherds. But taking them to places which offer a wide variety of outdoor activities is always a lot of fun. Also, they’re part of our family and we hate to leave them behind in boarding kennels during Holidays travels, especially if road tripping within California. Since we travel with them so often, I thought of putting together a check list of stuff that need to be taken care of to ensure a dog friendly trip.
- Where To Sit: Fitting two large crates even in the back of a giant SUV without disturbing the seats (meant for humans) is not easy. Harnessing them too tight gets suffocating for them and anyways, they’re too big for that. We thought of buying/renting a trailer and hitch it to the back of our SUV, but these trailers don’t come cheap nor easy. But then, these guys totally love their beds and follow the “bed” command well. We obtained the best results by placing their respective beds in the back of the vehicle and it was easy to make them lie down on those.
- Travel Light: Don’t feed them too much before they travel; it adds on to the motion sickness.
- Motion Sickness Meds: Dramamine (check this first with your vet), meant for motion sickness in kids, works wonders for pups as well and lulls them to a comfortable soothing feeling during the trip.
- Water & Bathroom Breaks: Travel does stress them out; so keeping them hydrated and offering them intermittent relieving breaks in rest areas can be pretty helpful.
- Getting to know the new travel spot : Once you reach the destination, introduce them to their new temp home and the neighborhood, so that they get to understand their new territory and don’t freak out.
These tips are pretty much universally applicable to most dog breeds in addition to GSDs; so have a great time traveling with your furry companions !