The first phase of the Monster Dog Makeover contest is almost over. The deadline for entry is May 31st, which is Thursday. I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to enter for a chance to win a free off leash training program, and two runners up will receive 3 private lessons for free. If you haven’t registered yet, or know someone who could benefit from this training, make sure to get squared away by Thursday. I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend, and I want to discuss traveling with your dog today.
Many dogs love to go for car rides, and my dog Jiri is no exception. If my truck door opens he will jump right in, and when driving down the road he will poke me with his nose to get me to open his window. Even though many dogs love car rides, it is important to remember that they can still get car sick on long trips. My dog suffers from this and I have learned to cope with it as he usually attends my road trips. If your dog is like mine, he will gladly go on any road trip with you, but if your not careful he will leave a nice present for you to clean up when you arrive at your destination.
There are a few things that can be done to help alleviate the symptoms of car sickness on long drives. First and foremost, try to keep your dog from starring outside the car. This is done by simply getting them to lay down and relax. If you have a dog who is overly anxious or excited during the whole trip try getting some medication to help calm them down from your vet. Another great practice is to stop and give them breaks every two to three hours. This will allow them to get out and stretch their legs, and get back on firm ground for a while. Taking breaks will help reset your dog before they get sick, and giving them water is a good idea, but do not feed them as the food may increase the sickness. These two simple tricks will go a long way in helping you and your dog cope with car sickness that occurs on road trips.
There are obvious things that should be avoided though, such as letting them ride in the bed of a truck, or going hours on end without stopping for water and potty breaks. This should be common knowledge, but I must mention it. I encourage everyone to take their dogs with them on trips whenever possible. Taking Fido on a trip with you should be fun and rewarding. Make sure you plan to accommodate them and the possibilities could be endless.