How do you best make a long car journey comfortable for a dog?
Make sure they have room to sit, stand, or lay down. For larger dogs in an SUV, the cargo area may be best. For larger dogs in the car, I use what is called the Backseat Bridge from Kurgo. It covers the floor area of the back seat and gives my two big dogs more room to stretch out. I have attached a photo of my dog Maya in the back seat of my car resting on the Backseat Bridge.
For large or small dogs, you can have them rest on a blanket or pillow. This will especially help older dogs. For my older dog, Sephi, I used the heated car seat cover if we were taking long trips in cooler weather.
Make sure to make plenty of stops. I drive from Kansas to Texas about once per year to visit family. Me and the dogs stop at the rest stops, and I take them out whenever I stop to put gas in my car.
Walk them often at rest stops. Many rest stops have places especially for dogs....because Parvo virus and other canine ailments can be contagious, be sure your dog has all immunizations.
We've traveled across country with our dogs several times. We would stop every two hours for a break for all of us, including a potty and water break for the dogs.
To make a long car journey comfortable for a dog, you need to make sure these tips as below:
Firstly, store enough food for your dog;
Secondly, leave big enough room in the car for your dog;
Thirdly, take some comon pills with him when you start to enjoy your journey.
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Take your dog's bed and blankets for him to lie on, favorite toys and chew bones. Make frequent stops to let him stretch his legs and eliminate, and make sure you have plenty of water to offer him along the way. Play relaxing music such as Through A Dog's Ear music to calm canines. Avoid feeding your dog the morning of your trip!
We got a pet car seat. Our dog loves it. He can enjoy the scenery, plus it is big enough to take a nap in. Of course, you have to stop often to be sure and let your dog walk. This is of course for a smaller dog. Since we do not have a large one, I really can't comment on one.
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