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Traveling with your Cantankerous Chihuahua

Updated on September 27, 2014

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

Traveling with your small pet requires a lot of preparation especially if you're going cross country. Chihuahuas are great pets to travel with. They love riding in a car. And they're well-behaved. My Zoe snuggles contentedly in her carrier and will only surface if we stop or to check and see if I'm still around. As with everything else, car rides should be introduced at a young age while they're still puppies. The first car rides with Zoe were not so comfortable for her. She whined and seemed jittery, nervous and unsure of her surroundings. She got sick a couple of times and did not seem to enjoy the adventure at all. At first I thought she was suffering from motion sickness. I started to read and investigate everything about motion sickness and what medications were recommended. One thing I did was purchase a better carrier. I wanted one that felt comfortable and at the same time was sturdier and approved for travel. In the meantime, I kept taking Zoe for rides and started noticing that with each outing she seemed more relaxed. Fast forward to the present where all I have to do is take out her carrier and she immediately hops inside and gets comfy. She loves the adventure of riding in the car now. I think she began to realize that the car rides ended up at Lucy's (her chihuahua friend)...or at Cody and Recee's (a pair of Cavaliers King Charles) who simply adore her. She is also very relaxed on our 2-hour trips to Ocala to visit my sister and Zoe's best friend and alpha dog, Mocha, my sister's magnificent chocolate lab who is a giant standing beside Zoe. She is 85 - 90 lbs. of gentleness.

On our trip to Wisconsin, my friend was amazed at how well Zoe behaved. The thing about going on a long trip is that you have to take into consideration all the extra things you'll need to keep your pet comfortable while traveling so they can enjoy the trip. If they're hungry or cold or if their carrier is too confining and uncomfortable, they will be miserable and so will you. Also, you have to allow for the extra time needed at rest areas to feed, walk your pet and let them relieve themselves. The biggest challenge for me was packing, preparing and getting things in order before our trip. Once on the road, it was smooth sailing. A good idea is to start a list and keep adding to it as you think of something. That way you'll be less likely to forget something important.

Things to Know Before Traveling - Get Your Pet Travel-Ready

How well does your pet travel? What do you need to keep your pet comfortable while traveling? What about motion sickness? Where can we stay? What about parks, restaurants and attractions? What kind of activities can I do with my pet? Read these great books and get help on what to do when traveling with your pet.

Traveling With Your Pet - The AAA PetBook: 7th Edition
Traveling With Your Pet - The AAA PetBook: 7th Edition

This comprehensive guide is packed with practical information about traveling with your pet. You will find various listings of pet friendly lodgings along with rates, key amenities, driving directions, and AAA member discount. information.


Make That List - ...and check it twice!

There are so many things to do prior to a trip. When you're taking along your furry friend, there's twice as much to do and remember. First and foremost, plan a trip to the vet to address any concerns about your pet's welfare and ability to travel long distance. The store should be the next stop to stack up on any necessary items you may need.

A checklist comes in handy about this time. If you haven't already done so, start that list NOW and keep adding to it as you think of things...and you will! I usually have two columns in my list: 1) Things my pet will need along the way...and 2) Things my pet will need as soon as we get there. Sometimes we tend to think, "Oh, I'll get 'whatever' real quick when I get there". But what if you're too tired when you get there? What if you can't take your pet in the store with you to get the item? etc. You need to plan ahead of time to cover any inconvenience or draw back. Now that we've covered that very important area, let's get down to the packing. Ready! Set! Go! Now relax and enjoy your trip. If you do, so will your pet.

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  2. Visit your veterinarian; make sure your dog is up-to-date on all vaccinations.
  3. Take contact information for a local veterinarian where you'll be staying.
  4. Make sure your dog has his/her ID tag.
  5. Put a tape over your dog's ID tags with your cell number and local number where you'll be staying.
  6. Pack food and water. Bring along some treats. Remember to pack collapsible bowls.
  7. Bring along some pads with you, as well as a roll of paper towels. Be prepared in case your pet has an accident.
  8. If you're going to the cold weather remember to pack booties, sweaters, a jacket, maybe even a scarf. Yes, for the dog.
  9. It might be a good idea to stop at a pet friendly motel for the night along the way. It would do you and your pet wonders to be able to stretch and relax after spending hours in a cramped car.
  10. Plan for extra stops (rest areas) during your trip for your dog to eat, exercise and relieve him/herself.

Take a Break. Rest Up Before Proceeding

Stop at a pet friendly motel the first evening of your trip. It will do wonders for both you and your pet.

Pet Friendly Motels - For You and Your Pet

When on the road with your pet you need all the resources you can get. It is good to know that there is an abundance of places and services you can use if the need arises.

Snoozer Eco-Friendly Pet Carrier
Made of recycled jute fibers

Multiple zippered pockets

For pets up to 12-pound

Airline carry-on approved, check with individual airline before traveling

"Add-a-bag" strap on back for easy attachment to luggage

To make your pet's trip comfortable and memorable pack a few of these items. Check them out.

Invest in a Safe, Sturdy, Comfortable carrier....

to keep your pet comfortable during travel.

A comfortable pet means a happy pet and a happy pet means a happy YOU.

The Safe Way for Your Dog To Travel

This instructional video shows the proper way to secure the carrier for your dog when traveling.

Chihuahuas Rule!

King of the Road

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Stay Outta my lane!Ready to roll.
Stay Outta my lane!
Stay Outta my lane!
Ready to roll.
Ready to roll.

Which Travel Companion?

I love traveling with my dog. She is small, well-behaved and doesn't take up much space. Everyone is different, though. Some people may prefer to travel with their cat while others may not like taking their pets anywhere. Tell us your preference.

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Roaming In My Own Back Yard....

Or going to the park.....I'm a happy chi.

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Please leave a comment! - What places have you traveled with your pet?

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      What_to_Know 5 years ago

      I have 1 who hates to travel

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      surfer1969 lm 5 years ago

      Another cute lens.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, how adorable to hear of a Cantankerous Chihuahua! We actually had one of them many years ago, when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio on the Westside. Who knew that little doggies could be so demanding?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fortunately my chihuahua is easy to travel with, he's a pretty chill pup :)

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      My buddy's dog wears Doggles. It's pretty funny.