Dog Car Travel Tips

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Car Travel Tips

Who's ready for a road trip?

You can bet your Miniature Schnauzer is!

But before you let your your Miniature Schnauzer jump in the car and take off, you need to get prepared for the adventure.

Planning in advance and packing the right supplies will make for a much better trip. So be sure to review all our travel tips below.

Preparing for a Road Trip with Your Dog

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Dog Car Travel Tips

Before embarking on your road trip be sure to plan in advance. For those of us who are much more spontaneous, and like to see where the road takes us....

when traveling with your dog it's not a good idea. You could end up at a beach that doesn't allow dogs, or find that there are no available hotel rooms that permit dogs to stay there. Trust me, things will go much better if you plan in advance.

Preparing for Your Road Trip 

• Destination: Make sure your destination is a dog friendly place so you and your Miniature Schnauzer will be welcomed.

• Pet ID Tags: Make sure your Miniature Schnauzer's dog tag information is up-to-date, as well as, the registered contact info of your Miniature Schnauzer's dog microchip (if he has one). This includes contact information, as well as your Miniature Schnauzer's current rabies tag.

Take along a photo of your Miniature Schnauzer with contact information just in case your Miniature Schnauzer gets lost. How to Find Your Lost Dog.

• Car Travel Essentials: Make sure you've packed some essential items that will keep your Miniature Schnauzer comfortable and entertained:



Enough dog food

Dog bowl

Bottled water

• Dog snacks and treats

Several favorite dog toys



Clean-up bags

PLUS, if your Miniature Schnauzer is on any medication, make sure to take it with you, too!

• Fist Aid: Prepare a dog first aid kit to take with you. And make sure you've programmed your Vet's phone number into your cell phone in case you need to reach him right away because of an emergency situation.

Your Dog First Aid Kit for Travel is basically a smaller version of the same necessities stored in your at-home pet first aid kit. Gather the following items and store then in a zip-lock plastic bag or cosmetic case and keep it in your car.

• bandages

• tape

• tweezers

• scissors

• hydrogen peroxide

• antiseptic wipes

• eyewash solution

• styptic powder

It's also a good idea to call your visiting destination and ask them if there are any particular area dangers (like snakes, poisonous plants, etc..) that you need to be aware of. This will help you better prepare for these types of emergencies in your travel first-aid kit.

• In the Car: Some dogs are very nervous or stressed when traveling in a car. If this is the case with your Schnauzer, many people have found that a thundershirt has helped calm their dog's anxiousness or perhaps you might want to try a calming aid to help your dog. Just remember to consult with your Veterinarian first.

And remember to NEVER leave your dog alone in the car! It's just not safe. Even if the temps are mild, dog thieves are always lurking about as pet-flipping has become the new quick rich scheme.

• Pet Etiquette: Be mindful of others by making sure you to keep your Miniature Schnauzer on his leash. Also, be sure to clean up after your Schnauzer's messes. (Miniature Schnauzer Pet Etiquette)

Driving in the Car with My Schnauzer

Time for your road trip! Be sure to stop every 2 to 3 hours and let your Miniature Schnauzer relieve himself, have a good stretch, and get a refreshing drink of cool water.

Hopefully, by following these dog car travel tips, you will have a great experience traveling with your Miniature Schnauzer. Your Miniature Schnauzer will love exploring the great outdoors and spending time with you. Traveling with your furry companion makes for a great bonding experience.

Oh, and one last thing that's super important...

Take Your Camera!

Chronicle your life and times spent with your Miniature Schnauzer with great pictures and videos, with an easy-to-use, affordable digital camera. Snap as many pictures as you want and create lasting memories.

You'll want to make sure you capture these special times with your Miniature Schnauzer with pictures and videos. Your road trip pictures will be great for a Miniature Schnauzer dog scrapbook or memory album, entering dog contests, creating custom dog art, and lots more! The possibilities are endless! But you have to take the pictures first.

Have a Good Trip!

Traveling by Plane with Your Miniature Schnauzer?

If you will be traveling by air with your Miniature Schnauzer, keep in mind not all airlines accept pets for travel. Also, contact your airline directly to get all the details and information on traveling with your furry companion.

Get the basic information on domestic and international travel of pets from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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note: If for some reason you are not able to take your Schnauzer with you on a trip be sure to read our dog boarding tips before choosing a boarding facility or kennel to car for your dog or perhaps hiring a pet sitter would be a better option for you.


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