Redo Thread: "Is taking the family hound a hazard on a long road trip?"

  1. Just curious of others experiences and opinions on taking the family dog...about 60 # dog, in the car on a 1200 mile (one way)driving vacation? Dad, mom and a 10 & 12 year old & pooch.
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  3. by   kats
    Make sure to use big highways that will be more likely to have rest areas. They always have great pet areas for letting your dog do what they need to do. Also look at www.petswelcome.com
    They have listings for hotels that accept pets. It may be a bit more difficult considering the size of your dog to find a place, but it would be worth a try. Make sure to call the hotel to verify that their pet policies haven't changed. Keep water, food, treats, and toys in the car. A blanket or pad of some sort is a good idea too. Definately don't forget cleaning supplies as if your dog isn't used to travel, she might have an accident or throw up. If you think that is a possibility, minimize food right before the trip until she gets a bit more used to being in the car on the road. You might also want to think about renting a rv of some sort for the trip as you wouldn't have to worry about where to stay. Then you could just find campgrounds that have hook-ups and you would be set. I hope this helps and you have a good trip.
    Last edit by kats on Jul 6, '03
  4. by   ktwlpn
    I know I probably don't need to remind you not to leave the dog in the car during the hot weather-but it never ceases to amaze me how many people are stooopid enough to do so.....I have seen dogs locked in cars die in mall parking lots.....
  5. by   BadBird
    Depends on the dog, I have one who needed tranqualized when I moved from FL to PA, he is terrible in a car. My other travels well, just curls up in a ball and sleeps. Of course you will need to make frequent stops if you do take the dog, and remember no matter how they whine to go out they sniff forever before peeing. Never leave the dog unattended in a hot car either.
  6. by   passing thru
    I phrased that last thread poorly.

    Is taking the pooch , in your opinion, an increased risk, an unneccessary hazard on a long road trip?

    Dad, mom , a 12 YO, a 10 YO, and pooch.

    I think having a dog in the car in a distraction.
    and increases the odds of having a accident.

    What's been your experience?
    What's your opinion?
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    It depends.
    Is the hound well behaved?
    Does he ride well without jumping all over everyone?
    Does he get in the car when you are ready to go or do you have to chase him all over town when it's time to go?
    Does he let you know when he has "to go"?
    We've had dogs that were GREAT travelers and some that were NOT worth the hassle.
    -Russell
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    we have taken our hound on countless cross-country jaunts; and he is 13. I guess it depends on the disposition of the dog and owner really. it sounds as you do not want to bother. so don't. find a nice boarding place and take the worry off your mind. dog will be fine.
  9. by   nursegoodguy
    IMHO do not travel with any animal! You can't fasten them down! If you get in a wreck the poor animal will act as a projectile and more than likely be killed and could harm someone else. You really shouldn't have anything in your vehicle that is not tied down in some way because any item not fastened down could become a projectile.
  10. by   nimbex
    just took 3 kids, $900 fireworks (took all the minivan space up), one dog, okay wiener dog, but she gets around, one cat, one parrot in a cardboard box, (BIG mistake) and 3 parakeets 750 miles for the forth of July.

    cat crapped in the cat carrier plus cried the whole way, parrot ate out of the box and flew around the car in Virginia while the Dachshund tried to catch it and the kids now need therapy.

    no lie.

    board the pooch, it's worth your sanity.
  11. by   magRN
    Yikks not me........but then I'm a cat person.
  12. by   Tweety
    I just heard on tv that dogs can get car sick just like people. So beware. They advised taking them on short local trips first to see how they do.

    Also they said bring water from home, strange water can upset dogs tummies.
  13. by   aimeee
    The only time we ever took the dog on vacation (now a 100 lb lab) was when he was a brand new puppy and it was an important bonding time for all of us. We took him in a little pet carrier and brought a big crate too and he stayed in my dad's garage once we were there. It worked out okay. He just slept most of the way. If we were to travel today, that's what he would still do. After he has been in the car for five minutes he just settles down and goes to sleep.

    BUT I would not take him on a long trip in the summer, even though I miss him and I know he misses us. It would mean NO stopping at restaurants along the way, having to wonder if he was barking and making a nuisance of himself in hotel rooms etc. I have a wonderful dogsitter who comes 4 times a day to walk him and play with him, as well as check on our other critters. He is much less stressed out than he would be in all those strange places and its much easier on us.

    I don't think a dog in the car is necessarily a hazard if properly secured. There are many accomodations available to make it safe, but few people take the time and trouble to do that.
  14. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Originally posted by nursegoodguy
    IMHO do not travel with any animal! You can't fasten them down! If you get in a wreck the poor animal will act as a projectile and more than likely be killed and could harm someone else. You really shouldn't have anything in your vehicle that is not tied down in some way because any item not fastened down could become a projectile.
    Petco sells a special harness that is designed to be used when in the car. The harness is designed so that you can actually hook your car's seat belt to it. That way the animal is wearing a seat belt in case of an accident and they can not run around in the car so as to distract the driver. They start at around ten bucks.

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