Don’t discount any tip even if it seems too unlikely you’ll have a use for it. Traveling with your pet can bring out different experiences every time. Admittedly, no matter how much you plan for it beforehand you should also be prepared for the unexpected. We highlight four travel hacks worth considering.
Do A Dry Run of Your Trip
Plan a rehearsal before your actual travel date. Think of it like a stage play. Actors go through several rehearsals to minimize stage fright. Go through the motions this includes getting your dog into the carrier or crate. Afterward, take a short ride with your dog. This is a great way to get your dog comfortable especially if it’s the first time the two of you are going on an extended trip.
Pack Chicken Broth
In addition to packing medication, it’s a good idea to bring chicken broth with you. If your dog starts to get motion sickness and won’t take medication then your dog would more likely welcome the soothing taste of the chicken broth.
Simply pour it into the collapsible dog bowl you brought along and let your dog lick at it. Just make sure to pack a low sodium variant so it’s safe for your dog. Alternatively, if your dog isn’t in the mood to eat then you can let your dog look out the car window. Open the window slightly to let fresh air in to help reduce their motion sickness.
Keep Dryer Sheets Handy
If your dog has particularly long hair then you’re aware of how unruly it can get in a thunderstorm. If the weather at your destination starts to get dreary, a dryer sheet can help you and your dog tame fur and prevent it from rising as static electricity builds up.
Take Along a Box of Baking Soda
Be sure to make room in your bag for a box of baking soda. Even a small box comes in handy in case of a potty accident. Your dog might be nervous in his or her new surroundings. Thus, they could end up peeing on the carpet even if you’ve trained them not to. Sprinkle a good amount of baking soda on the affected area can help get rid of the smell. Likewise, it’s useful in the event your dog gets a bee sting while outdoors.
Keep these tips in mind to prepare you for the unexpected.