Essential Items For Traveling With Your Dog

by on 22/06/10 at 12:59 pm

The family dog should be treated as more than just a pet, he’s a loving companion who lives to bring smiles to everybody’s faces. Sometimes, as you plan to travel, a family vacation can’t accommodate your four-footed friend, so you arrange for boarding. However, shorter treks may allow for your dog’s inclusion, and if you have not taken your canine friend on an extended stay elsewhere before, it will help to have a few helpful items on board to make the trip go smoothly.

With a few additions to your car or van, plus some handy portable goods, your dog can enjoy the holidays with the rest of the family. Here are a few suggested items to pack:

Window Bumper: Dogs love to stick their heads out open windows and feel the breeze. If you’re concerned for your dog’s safety, a simple padded window bumper attachment allows your canine to rest his head comfortably, and protects it from jarring after sudden stops.

Pet Ramps: For older or injured dogs unable to leap into high set cabs, a portable ramp lets them enter an exit a car with ease. Simply attach to the cab and lead them in the right direction.

Adjustable Barriers: To prevent your dog from leaping onto seats or the driver’s area, a net or rack-style barrier keeps your dog in the back of the van or SUV, where he won’t disturb luggage or other cargo.

Pet Strollers: Yes, there are actual strollers designed to hold smaller dogs and puppies. If you know you’re going to do a lot of walking and your dog won’t always be able to keep up, use the stroller to get around.

Portable Play Areas: Similar to the playpen, these mesh and rod containers allow your smaller dogs some private space. These are especially helpful when visiting relatives or staying in pet-friendly hotels.

Some extra packing, and time budgeted to let your dog stretch his legs will allow your family to enjoy a harmonious vacation, with all members in on the fun.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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